b'Instructional Information Graduation Information Selection of Catalog for Graduation Students must meet graduation requirements for each associate type degree, diploma or certificate as outlined in the current catalog or a catalog not more than six years old at the time of the anticipated graduation. Selection of the catalog must be approved by the Dean of Student Services. The catalog selected must contain the program of study for the year during which the student earned credit. College-Level Competencies for Graduation Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College identifies five college-level competencies within the general education core curriculum for all Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Education degree graduates. Graduates of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will be considered proficient in the following competencies: effective written communication mathematical problem solving effective oral communication critical thinking application of technology General Graduation Requirements General graduation requirements apply to all plans of graduation. These requirements include earning a minimum of 60 hours with a grade point average of at least 2.0 for all course work attempted (excluding developmental courses). When a course is repeated, the higher grade is used in computing grade point average at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Transfer students must earn a minimum of 25 percent of the required semester credit hours at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to be eligible to receive a degree from the college. All associate degree programs require a minimum of 60 semester hours and include a core of general education courses.Diplomas for specific career/technical programs are awarded to students who successfully complete the specified number of program-specific hours as outlined in the program (typically 45 hours) and maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or above.Certificates for specific career/technical programs are awarded to students who successfully complete the specified number of program-specific hours as outlined in the program (typically 30 hours) and maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or above.For university parallel degrees, there is a 40 semester hour core, and for Career and Technical Education (CTE) degrees, there is a 15-16 semester hour core.The core includes at least one course from each of the following areas: English, Humanities/Fine Arts, Natural Sciences/Mathematics, Public Speaking, and Social/Behavioral Sciences. Students planning to receive an associate degree or diploma must complete a formal application available online. Candidates for fall, spring, or summer graduation should consult Student Services for application deadlines. Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with faculty advisors and Enrollment Specialists so that appropriate courses are taken to meet graduation requirements. Ultimate responsibility, however, does rest with the individual student. Specific Graduation Requirements I. Associate of Arts (AA) The Associate of Arts degree is awarded for the successful completion of courses designed as the first two years of a four-year college/university curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree. The AA degree is designed to meet the needs of students who expect to 54'