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Graduation

General Graduation Information

Information about graduating from CNM.

At CNM, students can graduate with an Associate Degree, a Certificate of Completion, or a Certificate of Achievement. Students must apply for graduation to receive a degree or certificate from CNM.

How to Graduate

The graduation process should begin when you start your program at CNM.

Graduation process step-by-step guide.

Students may apply to graduate during the term in which they are enrolled in their final courses. The graduation application opens on the first day of each term, and the application closes on the last day of each term. Please see the Graduation Ceremony information for dates and deadlines regarding the Graduation Commencement Ceremony.

Graduation Commencement Ceremony

Students may choose to participate in the Graduation Ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends.

CNM holds 2 Graduation Ceremonies each year, one in the Fall Term and one in the Spring Term.

Participate in the Graduation Ceremony.

CNM Fall Graduation Ceremony 2013

Graduate with Honors

Information on graduating with honors.

Updating a Certificate or Degree

Information on updating a certificate or degree.

Beyond Graduation

Transfer

CNM has a number of articulation agreements with many 4-year universities in the state. Please see the Transfer Information web page cnm.edu/transferout for links to specific agreements and transfer information.

Many of the agreements offer a course-by-course guide to a specific degree. In addition, you should work with an advisor to be sure the classes you take will be transferable to the college or university you plan to attend.

CNM Alumni Association

The CNM Alumni Association is a free volunteer organization of graduates and friends who want to maintain a relationship with the college. All certificate and degree graduates are invited to join the Association. Members will receive benefits including volunteer and service learning opportunities, special alumni events, campus privileges, professional networking, communications and awards and recognition. To sign up for membership, visit cnm.edu/alumni to fill out the online application.

All current and past CNM students are eligible to use the resources of CNM Job Connection Services.

Graduation Process

A step-by-step guide on how to graduate from CNM.

Step 1: Plan for Graduation

It's important to start planning for graduation when you start your program at CNM.

  1. Meet with an academic advisor to develop an academic plan.
  2. Declare a major through your myCNM account.
  3. If using transfer credit from other schools, submit your
    official transcripts.
  4. Request appropriate substitutions and/or waivers if applicable.

Step 2: Complete Online Certificate/Degree Evaluation

Check to see how close you are to graduation and what you still need to complete.

  1. Sign into your myCNM account.
  2. Click on the "Graduation" tab.
  3. Click the "Certificate and Degree Evaluation (What-if Analysis)" link located near the top center of the screen in the Graduation Quick Links portal.
  4. Review your online evaluation to insure all certificate/degree requirements
    are met.
  5. Update your address and phone number via the "Students" tab in case we
    need to contact you.

Step 3: Submit Graduation Application

Once you've completed the steps above, complete your graduation application.

  1. Click the "Apply to Graduate" link in the Graduation Information portal on the "Graduation" tab. 
  2. Select the term in which you are graduating.
  3. Pick the appropriate curriculum based on the online evaluation performed
    in Step 2.
  4. Review the name that will appear on your diploma. Submit a name change form with appropriate documentation to the records office if any changes are necessary.
  5. Click "Submit Request" and you are done!
  6. Interested in participating in the graduation ceremony?

General Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements as well as those listed under their specific major (program):

  • Official Major .  The student must be officially enrolled in the major (program) they are completing. The student who has not done so must complete a Declare/Change a Major Form (42kb) mark_link_to_pdf and submit it to the Records Office at main campus or the Enrollment Services Office at all other CNM campuses.
  • Choose a Graduation catalog . Current students may choose to complete their program requirements as defined in the catalog in effect when they earned their first credit(s) at CNM or a later catalog as long as the catalog is no more than five years old. 
    Note: Course pre- and corequisites must be met for each course at the time of registration, regardless of the catalog under which a student will graduate.
  • Required coursework - All program requirements must be completed, including all courses listed in the graduation catalog.
    Note: Courses numbered below 1000 cannot be used to meet program graduation requirements.
Approved transfer, nontraditional, exam credit and/or waivers or substitutions used to meet program requirements must be on file in the CNM Records Office at least two weeks prior to submitting their Graduation Application Packet.
Note:  A student may be required to make up deficient credit resulting from course substitution or transfer. A course waiver does not require the student to make up the credits of a waived course. Because all CNM graduates in degree programs must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours and 90 percent of the credits are required in their certificate program, there is a limit on the number of course waivers that can be granted. (Example: If a program requires 64 credits, a maximum of 4 credits may be waived. If a program requires 68 credits, a maximum of 8 credits may be waived.) All credits used for graduation must be displayed on the student’s CNM transcript.
All career and technical courses** used to meet program requirements must have a grade of C or better and all arts and sciences courses*, a minimum grade of D.
Career and technical courses more than ten years old must be officially validated by the instructional school in which the course was offered.
  • Residency Requirements – At least one-quarter of the required program coursework and credit hours for a certificate and 12 credit hours of the required program coursework for a degree must be completed at CNM.
    Note: Credit based on challenge exams and courses graded AU do not apply toward the graduation residence requirements.
  • GPA requirement . A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the program is required (unless otherwise stated in the program description).
  • All debts to CNM must be paid in full before graduation.
*arts & sciences courses are defined as Courses numbered 1001 and above with the following subject codes:
ANTH, ARBC, ARTH, ARTS, ASTR, BIO, CHEM, COMM, CST, ECON, ENG, FREN, GEOG, GER, GNHN, HIST,  HUM, JOUR, MATH, MUS, NUTR,  PHIL,
PHYS, PORT, PSCI, PSY, RLGN, SOC,  SPAN, THEA, and AFAS, GNED, MSL and NAVS courses.
**A career and technical course is any course not listed above which is offered by the Applied Technologies, Health Wellness & Public Safety, and Business & Information Technology divisions.

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Graduation with Honors

There are no extra steps needed to graduate with honors. Degrees, certificates and official CNM transcripts will note graduates with honors as follows.

  • Highest Honors requires a cumulative GPA of 4.0
  • Honors requires a cumulative GPA of 3.6 to 3.9

General Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements as well as those listed under their specific major (program):

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Graduation Catalog

Current students may choose to complete their program requirements as defined in the catalog in effect when they earned their first credit(s) at CNM or a later one as long as it is not more than five years old.

Time of attendance is defined for the purposes of determining a student's Graduation Catalog as the period of time between the student's first earned credit hours at CNM through their last earned credit hours at CNM.

Note: Course pre- and corequisites must be met for each course at the time of registration, regardless of the catalog under which a student will graduate.

Diploma Request Form

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