Graduation

Graduating from the Blue Water Middle College Academy - 2021

Due to continuing limits on public gatherings, SC4 has cancelled their spring commencement this year.  Once it is safe to do so, SC4 plans on holding a commencement ceremony for all students who graduated from winter 2020 to that point.  For students who have applied to graduate from SC4 and who have completed all of their final requirements, your degree(s) will be granted shortly after the end of winter semester, and your college diploma will be mailed to you later in the summer.

The Blue Water Middle College Academy also will not hold a commencement ceremony this spring.  We are planning on creating our traditional graduation video and posting it near the end of May.  Graduates will be asked to submit a photo to include in the video presentation. 

High school diplomas will be mailed to all students who confirm they want it mailed and provide us their current address.  Students can choose to pick up their diploma from the Blue Water Middle College Academy office.  Currently, the office is closed for general walk-in visits.  Days and times for diploma pickup will be communicated later this spring.

Requirements for BWMCA graduation:

Details on all of the following requirements for graduation from the BWMCA and SC4 are found below.

  1. Complete our "Future Plans Survey"
  2. Apply for graduation from SC4 if you are fulfilling all degree requirements by this summer
  3. Return all books and materials to the middle college  
  4. Chromebooks must be purchased for $50 or returned to the middle college in good working order.
  5. View the final, important Success Session - Online

BWMCA "Future Plans Survey"

Every year, we ask our graduating students to complete a Future Plans Survey.  It is important for us to know what you are planning to do after graduation.  It is okay if you are not 100% certain of your plans, and we understand that plans can change, but it helps to know what you are thinking as of now.  There are also a few questions that ask you to reflect on your middle college experience.  The responses you provide on this brief survey give us good information on how the middle college can improve on how we serve students.

Therefore, all BWMCA graduates are required to complete the online survey before you can receiv your high school diploma.   Here is the link to the survey:  http://tinyurl.com/2021FuturePlans.  It only takes a few minutes to complete, but the more thoughtful your responses are, the more it helps us going forward.  Please complete it as soon as possible.  Thank you!

Graduation from SC4: You must apply

Students who are completing the requirements for an associate degrees from SC4 must apply to be awarded the degree.  You can still apply and be awarded your SC4 degree(s) at the end of winter semester.

Apply online
You can apply for graduation from within your SC4 portal.  Go into the your "Service Center" and click on the "Graduation Overview" section.  It only takes a couple of minutes to complete and submit the application.  This online application is only for your current program of study.  If you are pursuing a different degree that what is listed in your Service Center, you must submit SC4's paper application. (See below)

Paper application
Students who are applying for a different degree than the program showing in their Service Center or students applying for a second degree must submit a paper application. Applications for SC4 graduation can be found in the middle college office or by clicking on the following link: Application for Grad Assoc.pdf  Paper application can be submitted to SC4 by mailing the completed application to St. Clair County Community College, 323 Erie St., Port Huron, Mi 48061 or you can send a clear photo or scan of the application to enrollment@sc4.edu.

Textbook return and Chromebooks

All textbooks and BWMCA materials must be returned before students will receive their high school diploma.  Check email carefully in April for information on when and how materials are to be returned.  You will also be assessed a $25 late fee for returning books after the deadline.
 
Students graduating this spring can purchase their BWMCA Chromebook for $50 or it must be returned in good working order.  Students must either return their Chromebook and charger when they return their textbooks, or they must bring $50 in cash or a check made out to "Blue Water Middle College Academy" to purchase their Chromebook.  More information on this will be shared in the future.

Final Success Session - Online

Graduating students' final Success Session will be live-streamed via Zoom on Wednesday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m.   It will be repeated live on Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. for those who cannot join the session on the 28th.

Here is the link to the Zoom session:
http://tinyurl.com/Gr13FinalSession

The session covers a number of topics important for students to know as they leave the middle college and transition to a traditional college student either at SC4 or at a four-year college or university.  There will also be information for students looking to find a good job right after graduation.  Topics included:

  • Your future status as a BWMCA graduate: Freshman? Transfer student? Sophomore? Junior?  Undergraduate or graduate student?

  • Being ready to declare a "major" and "minor" at a university. 

  • Your SC4 transcript: What does it look like?  What information is on your college transcript? When will your final SC4 transcript be ready? How do you order a college transcript in the years ahead?

  • How to buy/rent college textbooks without breaking your budget. 

  • Resources available at SC4 to help you find a job in the very near future or years from now.

While we expect students to join one of the the live sessions on April 28 or May 6, we know that some students will not be available at those days or times.  The session will be recorded and the video will be posted on this page for viewing at a later day and time.