Rockford, Illinois


*Important Dates

12/23/14 Degrees and Certificates posted to student transcripts for Fall 2014 completers.
01/27/15  Degrees and Certificates for Fall 2014 mailed from RVC to students.
03/02/15 Degrees and Certificates for Fall 2014 mailed from RVC to students.
03/02/15 Application for Completion due for all Spring 2015 degree and certificate completers
03/02/15 Application for Completion due for Summer 2015 degree completers that would like to participate in the Annual 2015 Commencement Ceremony.  (Applications for Summer 2015 that are received after this date will be invited to participate in the Annual 2016 Commencement Ceremony.)
03/06/15 Cap and Gown Reservation Forms mailed to those that indicated interest in the Commencement Ceremony on the Application for Completion.
03/20/15 Cap and Gown Reservation Forms due. (If the Records and Registration Office does not receive your Reservation Form by the deadline, a cap, gown and  guest tickets will not be reserved on your behalf and  you will be unable to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.)
04/30/15 Cap and Gown Pick Up Day – Student Center, Room 1222 between 9:00am and 6:00pm.
05/15/15 Commencement Ceremony – Physical Education Center at 6:00pm.   
06/01/15 Application for Completion due for all other summer 2015 degree and certificate completers.  Again, degree recipients will be invited to participate in the Annual 2015 Commencement Ceremony.

Graduation Requirements

Each student planning to receive a degree or certificate is required to meet all of the following requirements in order to have the degree or certificate granted:

  1. Meet all program requirements for the degree or certificate being pursued.
  2. Receive a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 for all college-level coursework.
  3. A minimum of twenty (20) credit hours must be completed at Rock Valley College, if applying for a degree.
  4. Apply for graduation (completion) at the Records and Registration Office, top floor of the Student Center. Your application for graduation (completion) must be signed by an Academic Advisor.  Please make an appointment with your Advisor or visit the Academic Advising Open Lab on the top floor of the Student Center to obtain the signature.   

This must be done during the semester in which the student plans to complete program requirements, by the following deadlines:
Spring completion – apply by March 1
Summer completion – apply by June 1
Fall completion – apply by October 1

Graduation Academic Honors

Graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 to 3.74 will graduate with honors. Those with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 3.99 will graduate with high honors. Those with a cumulative GPA of 4.00 will graduate with highest honors.

Graduation Documents

Graduation Application

While it is required to meet with an advisor or program director prior to filing for graduation (completion), if you are unable to file for graduation (completion) in person at the Records and Registration Office, located at the top floor of the Student Center, please download the application for graduation (completion) and return to:

Rock Valley College
Records & Registration Office
3301 N. Mulford Rd.
Rockford, IL 61114
Phone: 815-921-4250
Fax: 815-921-4269

Fill out the application for graduation/completion!

Graduation Survey

Rock Valley College continuously strives to improve its efforts as an institution of higher education. To help this on-going quality improvement process, the College requests that you complete this survey. Specifically, this survey is designed to help the College in the following ways: 
  • To learn about the overall experiences of graduates.

  • To provide graduates an opportunity to anonymously provide feedback about the institution at which they will soon be an alum.

  • To gauge the level of satisfaction graduates experienced with various programs and services.

  • To determine which programs and services may need to be improved so current and future students may have better experiences at the College. 

Please take our graduation survey!

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Commencement Ceremony

Rock Valley College holds one commencement ceremony each May, held on the main campus. This ceremony is for degree-seeking students only. All students who will complete graduation requirements by the end of the spring semester, or the summer semester immediately following the ceremony, as well as those students who completed their requirements during the previous summer or fall semesters, are invited to participate in this commencement ceremony.

Students planning to participate in this ceremony must file for graduation by the deadline for spring completion, March 1. Potential graduates will be notified of cap and gown pick up, along with other pertinent graduation information, during the spring semester. Students will indicate on the application for graduation of their intent to participate in this ceremony; therefore, only those students that have indicated their intent to participate will be sent information on graduation.

Please note: Degrees are not issued to students during the commencement ceremony. All earned degrees and certificates will be mailed to students four weeks after the end of the semester in which the student filed and completed.

View the list of RVC Degrees and Certificates.