Chapter Four:  Student Services
Procedure Title: Student Recognition
Based On: Board Policies 2 and 4
Procedure Number: 4.11
Date Adopted/Revised: June 25, 2001; November 21, 2006; May 15, 2007; May 17, 2010; July 7, 2015; March 29, 2016

It is the responsibility of the Vice President for Student Services and the Student Services staff to promote the acknowledgment and recognition of student success. Such recognition includes the following:

  1. Student Recognition Ceremony

    1. The Student Services Committee, in cooperation with the Vice President for Student Services, is responsible for planning and executing the Student Recognition Ceremony each fall and each spring semester.

    2. The objective of the ceremony is to recognize students for outstanding achievement and service to the College.

  2. Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges

    1. Students are chosen for this honor by a vote of the faculty in a process coordinated by the Student Services Committee.

    2. Students are selected based on their academic achievements, service to the community/school, leadership in extracurricular activities, and future potential.

    3. Students who receive this distinction are recognized at the Student Recognition Ceremony in the spring semester.

  3. Arkansas Community Colleges (ACC) Academic All-Star

    1. The Student Services Committee coordinates a selection process to choose a student for this recognition and the receipt of a $500 scholarship, paid for by the SouthArk Foundation.

    2. Minimum eligibility requirements include the following:

      1. Arkansas resident
      2. Enrolled in a public two-year college and expected to continue enrollment through at least the fall of the selection year
      3. Completed a minimum of 24 credit hours in pursuit of an associate degree by June 1 of the selection year
      4. Cumulative grade point average of 3.25
      5. Demonstrated involvement in campus and/or community activities
      6. Intent to graduate from the nominating college with an associate degree by the summer following selection
      7. Signed letter of support from at least two faculty members

    3. Students who receive this distinction are recognized at the Student Recognition Ceremony in the following spring semester.

  4. Pinning and Lighting Ceremonies

    The achievements of students completing selected allied health programs are honored in these ceremonies.

  5. Graduation and Commencement

    1. At the end of the fall, spring, and summer terms, Commencement is held to recognize all students who have completed or are scheduled to complete the graduation requirements of a College program of study within the academic year. All graduates are strongly encouraged to participate.

    2. To be entitled to walk at Commencement, students must apply for graduation in the Registrar’s Office, pay a graduation fee, and confirm participation in the Commencement exercises in accordance with dates posted on the academic calendar.