Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements, including the number of credits required for associate degrees and certificates, are detailed in the current PVCC Catalog.

In order to be awarded a degree or certificate, you must:

  1. Be officially enrolled in a program of study (curriculum).
  2. Apply to graduate.
    • Deadline to apply for fall graduation is October 15. 
    • Deadline for spring graduation is March 15.
    • Deadline for summer graduation is June 15.
  3. Complete all course requirements for your program of study.
  4. Resolve all financial obligations to the College.
  5. Complete the PVCC Exit Survey and any required Exit Assessments.

Apply for Spring 2023 Graduation              Apply for Summer 2023 Graduationcap and diploma

2023 Commencement Ceremony 

The 2023 commencement ceremony will be held at John Paul Jones Arena on Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m. The address is 295 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Directions and Parking.  

Graduates are not limited to a specific number of guests, and no ticket or anything else is required for entry. Please be aware all rules for the venue are applicable to this event, including their clear bag policy and prohibited items. Details of this policy can be found here: Clear Bag Policy

John Paul Jones Arena COVID-19 Information

As of March 21, 2022, the COVID mask mandate, as well as proof of vaccination or negative test result protocols, have been lifted for all events. In the best interest of attendees, the Event Organizer will continue to monitor local COVID-19 trends and meet or exceed protocols mandated by local governments. By attending this event, unless prohibited by law, you agree to abide by the health and safety measures in effect at the time of the event. This may include, but not be limited to, wearing masks, providing proof of vaccination status, and/or providing proof of negative COVID-19 test results. Please check back often for updates to the event venue's website as guidelines are subject to change.

Next Step for Graduates:

All potential graduates eligible to participate in the upcoming ceremony will receive an email with details and instructions regarding the ceremony by mid-April. Please note: All graduates planning to participate in the ceremony must RSVP. Information on how to do this will be provided in the email communication you receive. If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, but have not received an email by May 1, please contact the Registrar's Office in Room 608.

Participation in PVCC's commencement ceremony does not denote official certification of a degree or certificate. Your graduation is official only after all program requirements have been met and documented by the Registrar's Office.

For more information, visit the Registrar's Office located in room M608 of the Main Building, or contact Jeannie Perutelli at 434.961.6543 or


PVCC will provide each graduate with ten free graduation announcements. These will be available for pick-up from the Cashier's Office located in room M237 of the main building beginning on April 15, 2023. Additional announcements can be purchased for a small fee.

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns should be picked up from the PVCC Bookstore beginning on April 15, 2023. There is no charge to students and it is not necessary to order these beforehand. Various sizes will be available.

Honor Cords

Gold honor cords are awarded to all students who have earned the Cum Laude (3.2 GPA), Magna Cum Laude (3.5 GPA) or Summa Cum Laude (3.8 GPA) distinction. Due to time constraints with final grades for the spring semester, the honor distinction is based on the previous fall semester's cumulative GPA for the purpose of the ceremony and program booklet. However, diplomas will be ordered using the final cumulative GPA after all grades for the spring semester have been posted. The honor cords will be distributed to those students being honored on graduation night prior to the start of the ceremony. Honor cords are awarded to those who meet the GPA requirements for an Associate degree or Certificate. Career Studies Certificates are not eligible for honor cords.

Arrival Time for Graduates

Graduates need to arrive at John Paul Jones Arena at 5:00 p.m. Once there, please follow signage to complete the check-in process in preparation for the ceremony. Please do not bring personal belongings with you as there is no secure storage space available to leave them. Cell phones must be turned off during this process and during the commencement ceremony.


Diplomas will be ordered approximately one month after the commencement ceremony. You will receive your diploma by mail 8-10 weeks after it has been ordered. Diplomas will be mailed to the address indicated on the Graduation Application. If your address changed after you submitted your application, or will be changing during the time frame listed here, please notify Jeannie Perutelli at

Proof of Graduation

If you need proof of graduation, please request an official transcript through our partnership with Parchment. Allow up to two weeks after your graduation date for your transcript to reflect your completed degree or certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is required for me to graduate with a degree or certificate?

In order to be awarded a PVCC degree or certificate, you must:

  1. Be officially enrolled in a program of study.
  2. Complete all course requirements for your program of study.
  3. Resolve all financial obligations to the College.
  4. Complete the PVCC Exit Survey and any required Graduate Exit Assessments.

What are assessment requirements for graduation?

Prior to graduation, students are required to complete one or more tests, surveys, questionnaires, projects, capstone courses or other activities designed to assess general education achievement, achievement in selected major areas, and/or other aspects of their education at PVCC. Students will be notified of required assessments in the semester in which they file an application to graduate. Results of these assessments will be kept confidential and will be used for evaluating and improving college programs and services. Individual assessment scores will not affect graduation status.

Am I ready to apply for graduation?

You can apply for graduation if you have done the following:

  1. Met with your academic advisor or counselor and determined that you will complete all the coursework required for your degree or certificate this semester or next semester.
  2. Submitted any and all approved waivers, course substitutions, and/or transfer or life experience credits to the PVCC Admissions & Advising Center for evaluation.

How do I apply for graduation and what happens after I apply?

Submit a completed Graduation Application online by the deadline posted on PVCC’s Web site. Applying online accomplishes three important tasks:

  1. Your official request to graduate is submitted to the Registrar's Office. The information you provide will be used to communicate with you about any requirements you still need to complete, and about the commencement exercises if you plan to participate. Please note that participation in PVCC's commencement ceremony does not denote official certification of a degree or certificate. Your graduation is official only after all curriculum requirements have been met and documented by PVCC’s Records Office.
  2. You complete the Graduate Exit Survey. The online Graduation Application includes the Graduate Exit Survey. On the survey you are asked to provide feedback about your experience as a student at PVCC and information about your future plans for education and/or employment. Survey results are used to improve PVCC programs and services.
  3. If you are completing your associate degree, you will receive information about required Exit Assessments in a letter from the Vice President for Instruction and Student Services. This letter will be mailed to you the week after the graduation application deadline for each semester.