By Madison Salter / Staff Writer

Students applying for Fall 2013 graduation must submit their applications by Friday, Sept. 27 by noon. Applications for certificates and degrees may be found in the Admissions and Records office at the LAC in A1075 or at the PCC in MD135. Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Forms are also available online. Students need 60 degree-applicable units to be eligible to graduate. Courses numbered 1-99 are all applicable for graduation and transfer. Courses numbered 100-599 are eligible for graduation only. For example, English 801 would not be applicable, but English 1 would be. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all graduating students.

Therese Rizarri, 19, a biochemistry and molecular biology major, said, “I’m getting my associate’s degree in mathematics. I’ve been pretty lucky and gotten into all the classes that I need. I set goals for myself every semester and have been able to accomplish them.”

After graduation, Rizarri plans to transfer to U.C. Irvine. She said she hopes to become a surgeon. Not all LBCC students are able to get their required courses. Analiz Ramirez, 23, a nursing major, said, “It’s so hard to get into the classes that I need for the RN program. It’s very stressful because I make up my mind on one class and if I’m not able to get the one I need I have to think of something else to take.”

Lorraine Blouin, head of the counseling department, said students need to know which general education plan to follow. She also said students need to stay aware of the plans because it makes a difference in what courses they take. Regarding graduation deadlines, Blouin said, “There will be no exceptions for late submissions.” Students may contact a counselor for curriculum guidelines regarding certificates and degrees. Counseling offices are open Monday through Friday.

Students may make appointments by phone at (562) 938-4560 for the LAC and (562) 938-3920 for the PCC or online. Guidelines are offered at lbcc.edu/Articulation/guides.cfm. For more information students may visit the LAC and the PCC Admissions and Records offices. The offices may also be reached by phone, at (562) 938-4136 for the LAC and (562) 938-3944 for the PCC.