Graduation Information
Three Rivers confers degrees in completed programs in May and December of each year. Students who meet all program requirements should complete the application for graduation below. Applications should be submitted by February 1 for May graduation and October 1 for December graduation.

The annual commencement ceremony is held in May of each year. Students graduating in December are members of the class of the next May and are eligible to participate in the next commencement ceremony. Information about upcoming ceremonies is provided during the graduation process.

Graduation Application

Students can apply for graduation by submitting the Graduation Application on their myTRCC account. Students should submit an application for each of their programs and certificates. Once the applications are submitted, the academic record is evaluated by the Registrar and students are notified via myMAIL of further direction.

Graduation Recognition

For purposes of the commencement ceremony and graduation program, the cumulative grade point average from the preceding semester will be used to identify honor students. However, the final cumulative grade point average will be used to determine final honors status and will be noted on the official college transcript and diploma.

Students who are granted a degree with an overall grade point average of 3.50-3.69 will be designated Cum Laude. Students who are granted a degree with an overall grade point average of 3.70-3.89 will be designated Magna Cum Laude. Students who are granted a degree with an overall grade point average of 3.90-4.0 will be designated Summa Cum Laude.

Commencement Ceremony

Students are not required to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, however we encourage you to do so. An email will be sent to potential graduates mid-March requesting comfirmation of participation in the ceremony. If you are participating, you will need to submit measurements for your cap and gown at that time. There is no charge for the cap and gown. However, if you order a cap and gown and do not pick it up or do not participate in the commencement ceremony, you will be charged $30.

Exit Exams

The Technical Skills Assessment (TSA) is a separate exam that is required as part of the program completion for AAS degrees in Accounting Technology, Agribusiness, Business Management, Early Childhood Development, Forestry, IST - Microcomputer, Executive, Legal, or Medical, or Medical Billing and Coding option. If you have previously taken this exam, you will not need to take it again.

The TSA exam is a 2.5 hour test covering reading, writing, math, and critical thinking with a short survey. Failure to take the TSA exam will result in a student's diploma or certificate being withheld. For additional information on the TSA exam visit the Testing Registration page.

Additional Information

Final Transcripts Requests
Graduates should confirm with Enrollment Services that all high school and college transcripts are on file. Graduates are encouraged to pre-order final transcripts and indicate on the application to hold these transcripts for graduation. Transcripts will be mailed or faxed once the student's academic records reflect graduated status. Learn more about transcripts here.

Diplomas: Current Graduates
Diplomas will be printed after academic records are evaluated and degrees are posted on your academic record. When diplomas are printed, you will receive an email to your TRC student email account informing you that diplomas are ready for pick up. We hold the diplomas in the Registrar’s office for one week for students wishing to pick up the document(s). After one week, the diplomas will be mailed to the students’ address of record. Please confirm your mailing address is correct before diplomas are mailed. We are not responsible for diplomas lost or damaged in the mail.

Diplomas: Replacements
You can request a replacement diploma by sending your request to Wendy Spradling at or in person at the Registrar’s Office. Your request should include current name, former names, mailing address, phone number and date of birth. Diplomas can be picked up in the Registrar’s office on the Poplar Campus or mailed by request. We are not responsible for diplomas lost or damaged in the mail.

There is a $40 replacement fee, payable through Student Financial Services (573) 840-9662 prior to the diploma being printed. The diploma will be printed after the Registrar’s Office receives a copy of the payment receipt from Student Financial Services. You will receive an email once the diploma is printed, confirming it has been mailed or is ready for pick up.
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