The American College of the Building Arts

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Graduation Requirements

An overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the Craft Specialization are required for graduation.

Candidates for the A.A.S. degree must finish all required coursework and successfully complete one eight-week summer internship to be eligible for graduation. Upon meeting all requirements for graduation, an Associate’s of Applied Science Degree in the Building Arts will be awarded.

Candidates for the B.A.S. degree must finish all coursework and successfully complete three eight-week summer internships. Upon meeting all requirements for graduation, a Bachelor’s of Applied Science Degree in the Building Arts will be awarded.

Please note: any student lacking at most 3 credit hours toward fulfillment of the graduation requirements (either due to an incomplete grade or the need to take an additional course) may apply to “walk” in graduation with prior permission of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Registrar. Students must complete any incomplete work within thirty (30) days of the end of the term. Students must present the Registrar with a plan to complete any outstanding course by December of the year of graduation.


Electronic Invitations

In March, each student eligible to graduate will receive access to an electronic invitation which may be personalized and sent to family members and friends. There is no limit to the number of invitations each student may send. Students should inform the Office of the Registrar if more than 6 family members will be attending commencement.

Traditional Invitations

Traditional Invitations are available through the Office of the Registrar for those who are interested in mailing their invitations.

Academic Regalia

Caps and gowns will be ordered through the Office of the Registrar and must be picked up the day of the Ceremony. The graduation fee covers the rental costs of caps and gowns. The rental outfit must be returned no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, May 15. There will be a charge of $35 for outfits returned incomplete.

Academic Honors

ACBA grants the following graduation honors for graduates: Cum Laude (GPA 3.25-3.49), Magna Cum Laude (GPA 3.50-3.74), and Summa Cum Laude (GPA 3.75-4.0). In addition, the Valedictorian of the graduating class is that senior maintaining the highest overall cumulative GPA at the end of the first semester of the senior year (December).


We strongly recommend that you make reservations as soon as possible to guarantee rooms as there are other events bound to happen in Charleston, a popular tourist destination.

Contact Us

Mrs. Kami Urban at
Phone: 843-266-7834
Fax: 843-764-9832

Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Mailing Address:

Office of the Registrar
649 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Event Details

Begins at 10:00AM

Saturday, May 13, 2017

649 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Graduation Fee

All graduating students will be assessed a fee of $100 that goes toward the cost of the commencement event.

Diploma Replacement

There is a $30 fee for any diploma replacement requested by alumni.

Please contact the Office of the Registrar if you would like to request a diploma replacement.

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