Petition to Graduate

Graduation is not automatic. Students will be contacted through their Zane State College email account with the petition instructions for each term. Potential graduates must review their degree audit with their program advisor and complete the online Petition to Graduate by the date listed for processing. Please note that a separate Petition for Graduation must be filed if a student anticipates graduating with more than one degree or certificate in a different term.

Without a petition, no degree is awarded. Students are subject to the requirements associated with the catalog in force listed on the student’s record.  For those who file a late petition, the completion date may be posted in a current term pending the results of the degree or certificate review.

A $60 graduation fee is applied to the student’s account and must be paid before diplomas and transcripts are released. If you petition to graduate and do not meet degree requirements for the specified term, you must submit another petition by the deadline for the projected term of graduation and repay the graduation fee.  

Formal graduation activities are held in May. Those completing graduation requirements after Fall Semester are invited to participate the following May. Those completing graduation requirements in the Summer Session are invited to attend the May commencement that preceeds that summer term.

Degree Audit

The Degree Audit is an academic advising tool that lists all courses in a student's program of study that have been completed (taken at Zane State College, approved as transfer credit from another institution, and/or alternative credit) and those that are still needed to meet graduation requirements at Zane State College. The Degree Audit allows advisors and students to see how students are progressing toward graduation. Each student has access to their own Degree Audit through their My ZSC account.  The student’s program advisor can also provide a Degree Audit for each student.

Although courses taken at Zane State College are automatically added to a student's Degree Audit, transfer courses must undergo an evaluation process and then be applied to the student's Audit. Transfer evaluations are done in the Registrar's Office, College Hall Room 119.

Final Graduation Approval/Denial

After the close of the term, updated Degree Audits are reviewed by the Registrar’s Office to officially confer or deny each degree and/or one-year certificate. This process takes approximately six to eight weeks.  Candidates who fail to meet graduation requirements must reapply during the term in which they will complete their requirements and repay the $60 graduation fee.

Graduation Hold

If you petitioned for graduation, a hold has been placed on your account to prevent you from registering for courses in the following term after you have graduated. If you plan on taking classes in a subsequent term, please fill out a "Change of Program" form (found on My ZSC under the academics tab). Your hold will then be lifted and you will be able to register.