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Home >  Student Services >  Counseling >  Articulation >  Counseling Center Policy and Procedures >  Graduation Petition Process

Graduation Petition Process

Students wishing to earn an A..A., A.S., AA-T, AS-T or certificate from Folsom Lake College need to go through the graduation petition process.  Deadlines for graduation petitions are as follows:

  • Fall Semester: 1st Friday of October
  • Spring Semester: 1st Friday of March
  • Summer Term: 3rd Friday of June 

Student information about graduation requirements can be found HERE 

LOCAL A.A. and A.S. DEGREES:

Counselors can find the Request for Associate in Arts/Science Degree form in the black plastic box in the counseling hallway.  Counselor must fill out the form with the student and ensure that all appropriate test scores, transcripts etc are on file.  Counselor must fill out and attach the following: a GE Sheet and either a copy of the Major Requirement Sheet with notations or a copy of the Degree Audit report with notations.  

Using courses for local degree from other colleges: 

For General Education: Check to see if course is used in the originating college's GE pattern.  If it used in the same area as you hope to use it in at FLC - note this on the attached GE sheet. Counselor must file an Associate Degree General Education Substitution Petition when trying to use a course from another campus that does not meet Passalong criteria.  

For Major Requirements:

When using courses from other colleges, you do not have to fill out a Petition for Course Substitution and Waiver in the following instances:

  • The course is obviously equivalent to ours - similar title, similar course content and the same or higher unit value.  If unsure - ask other counselors - if several agree the course is good - note on attached paperwork. 
  • If the course has the same C-ID descriptor as ours.
  • If the course articulates in a similar fashion on ASSIST - for example Biology courses that articulate with CSUS Biology courses we articulate with.
  • AP, IB, CLEP test scores - use the test scores according to the charts posted on the following web page: AP/IB/CLEP.  Counselor must petition department if he/she wishes to use the test scores in a way not posted on chart.   

Counselors need to document how they came to the conclusion to use the course without a peition by noting on CCE form or noting on copy of major sheet or noting on degree audit copy and noting on attached GE sheet.  Attach course descriptions, ASSIST agreement, C-ID approval etc when appropriate.  

ADT DEGREES: 

Counselors can find the Request for Associate in Arts/Science for Transfer Degree form in the black plastic box in the counseling hallway.  Counselor must fill out the form with the student and ensure that all the appropriate test scores, transcripts are on file.  Counselor must fill out and attach the following: CSU GE Breadth or IGETC (CSU version), copy of major sheet with notations or copy of degree audit with notations.  

Using courses for ADT from other colleges

For CSU GE certification - follow guidelines posted on the CSU General Education Web page  The section titled CSU GE FAQ's will give guidelines.  

For IGETC certifification - follow guideline posted on the IGETC web page.  The section titled IGETC FAQ's lists how to use transcripts from other colleges.

For major requirements:

When using courses form other colleges, you do not have to fill out a Petition for Course Substitution and Waiver in the following instances:

  • The course has the same C-ID approval as ours.  You can view C-ID approvals for other colleges at www.c-id.net 
  • The course is used in the same ADT degree for the same requirement at the California community college it was taken at.  
  • The course is obviously equivalent to ours - similar title, similar course content and the same or higher unit value.  If unsure - ask other counselors - if several agree the course is good - note on attached paperwork. 
  • If the course articulates in a similar fashion on ASSIST - for example Biology courses that articulate with CSUS Biology courses we articulate with.
  • AP, IB, CLEP test scores - use the test scores according to the charts posted on the following web page: AP/IB/CLEP. Counselor must petition department if he/she wishes to use the test scores in a way not posted on chart.  

Counselor needs to document how they came to the conclusion to use the course without a petition by noting on CCE form or noting on copy of major sheet, noting on degree audit copy and noting on attached GE sheet. Attach other college's ADT requirements, C-ID approvals, ASSIST agreements or course descriptions etc, when appropriate. 

Transcripts from other Colleges:

Incomplete transcripts are not evaluated until a final transcript is submitted with all completed coursework.  They will be notated as 'incomplete' and scanned into OnBase. When working with graudation petitions, keep the following in mind:

  • Students may submit unofficial transcripts when meeting with a counselor for a graduation petition: however, their petition will not be evaluated until all official transcripts are on file.
  • If a student fails to provide a completed transcript as outlined below, their graduation petition will be denied.

Summer Petitions: GPA's are calculated using all regionally accredited college coursework through the end of the summer semester in which they are petitioning.  All regionally accredited non-LRCCD transcripts must be on file with completed coursework through the end of that summer semester even if the coursework is not being used towards their degree requirements.

Fall Petitions: GPA's are calculated using all regionally accredited college coursework through the end of the fall semester in which they are petitioning.  All regionally accredited, non-LRCCD transcripts must be on file with completed coursework through the end of that fall semester even if the coursework is not being used towards the degree.

Spring Petitions: GPA's are calculated using all regionally accredited college coursework through the end of the previous fall semester.  No spring coursework is included in the final GPA calculation unless the student needs it to raise their cumulative GPA above a 2.00.  All regionally accredited, non-LRCCD transcripts must be on file with completed coursework through the end of the previous fall semester even if the coursework is not being used towards the degree.  If a student has in-progress coursework for the spring semester in which they are petitioning, they do not need an updated transcript unless they are using outside coursework from that semester to complete their degree requirements.