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Graduation

  1. The Senior Year
  2. Approval for Graduation
  3. Faculty Signing of Diplomas
  4. Graduation Terminology
  5. Names on Diplomas

1. The Senior Year
All grades of Incomplete/AF must be removed and outstanding requirements in basic liturgy skills and shadowing must be completed before a student is permitted to begin the senior year of study. The deadline for completion of all work is August 10th. Under no circumstances will a student be permitted to begin the senior year unless all outstanding work is completed before the first day of classes.

2. Approval for Graduation
Seniors are required to complete all requirements for spring-semester courses by a date, announced on the College calendar, which falls approximately one month before graduation.

Approval for graduation occurs at a regular faculty meeting shortly thereafter.

3. Faculty Signing of Diplomas
All members of the regular faculty in a given academic year shall be invited to sign the diplomas of graduating seniors. A faculty member shall not have the option to sign some but not all the diplomas in a given year. A faculty member who signs in any one year must sign in all subsequent years.

4. Graduation Terminology
RRC uses the terms tekes hatarat hora’ah and “graduation” to describe the granting of the title “Rabbi.” However, if the use of the terms Semikhah and “ordination” will aid communication in referring to one’s having received Hatarat Hora’ah from RRC, it is correct and appropriate to use these terms.

5. Names on Diplomas
During the fall semester of senior year, prospective graduates will be asked how they want their names to appear on their diplomas. Only legal names may be used on the English portion of the diploma.