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Student Information

Fall 2020 Semester Information
Graduation
Technology
Admissions and Student Services
Events and Travel
Illness
Student Outreach Services


 

Fall 2020 Semester Information

  • To maintain a safe learning environment for students and faculty during the Covid-19 pandemic, we will delay fall 2020 registration for one week to allow time to adjust the fall 2020 schedule of courses to meet social distancing recommendations. Returning Student Registration will now begin on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. An email was sent to returning students regarding this registration date change.
  • In light of current guidelines and recommendations related to COVID-19, the Counseling and Advising Center and the Transfer Advising Center will offer virtual advising appointments in three different formats: Phone, e-mail, and video conferencing. Appointments are scheduled from the hours of 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Follow the instructions below to schedule an appointment. You must be able to access your Gaston College email account to submit the Advising Appointment Request Form. See email access instructions for guidance. 
    • New Students – Complete the Advising Appointment Request Form in order to request a virtual advising appointment through the Counseling and Advising Center. The Counseling and Advising Center assists students who are not planning on transferring to a 4-year university.
    • New and Returning Transfer Students – Complete the Transfer Advising Appointment Request Form in order to request a virtual advising appointment through the Transfer Advising Center. The Transfer Advising Center assists students who want to transfer from Gaston College to a 4-year college or university.
    • Returning Pre-Health Students – Complete the Advising Appointment Request Form in order to request a virtual advising appointment through the Counseling and Advising Center.
    • All Other Returning Students – Email your program advisor, unless you are changing your major. You can find your program advisor under “My Profile” in WebAdvisor.
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    Graduation

    As announced previously all Spring 2020 graduation events, including pinning ceremonies, award banquets and the May 15 graduation ceremony were postponed or canceled. We share in the disappointment of all our students who have worked hard to reach this milestone, along with their family and friends who have supported them throughout their journey. Your determination to continue in light of the current circumstances is something of which to be proud. You will forever remember this time and be better prepared to face future challenges because of it.  

    • Graduation Ceremony – As guidelines and restrictions continue to change regarding gatherings, we still hope to celebrate our 2020 Graduates later this year if and when it is safe to do so. The location, format, and exact dates of this celebration are dependent on many external factors. We tentatively expect these to be smaller group ceremonies at the College in the Fall. If you planned to participate in our Spring 2020 ceremony, you will be invited to participate in our Spring 2021 ceremony should you wish to do so. 
    • Caps and Gowns – Due to the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts it had on our campus, we were unable to have caps and gowns ordered and delivered to campus for student pick-up. Unfortunately, we will also not be able to fulfill any orders that may have been submitted online previously. If you wish to walk in our Spring 2021 ceremony, you’ll have an opportunity to order these again in the future through the College. If you would still like to purchase a cap and gown for this year and have it delivered directly to your home, you can order this and other graduation items at www.orderHJ.com/Gaston.
    • Account Credits – Because we were unable to hold the ceremony or fulfill cap and gown orders for students this year, we will be issuing a credit of $35 if you applied for graduation with one credential. If you applied for multiple credentials, you will receive an additional $5 credit per credential. The credits will be applied directly to your student account. If this credit results in a credit balance on your student account, a refund will be issued to you in the amount of the credit balance.
    • Degrees and Diplomas – If you complete your graduation requirements as planned, you will still receive your diploma. Diplomas and diploma covers will be mailed in mid-June for spring graduates and mid-September for summer graduates. 

    If you have any additional questions about graduation send them to gcregistrar@gaston.edu.

     


     

    Technology

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    Other Technology Resources


     

    Admissions, Student Services, and Campus Operations

    Student Affairs is committed to providing accessible educational services that improve learning and advance student success at Gaston College. Please utilize the following contact information for Student Affairs departments to contact us until further notice. 

    Email is the primary method of communication for most departments at this time. If you call one of the numbers listed below and are unable to speak directly with a member of our team, be sure you leave a detailed voicemail that includes an email address and phone number. We will be checking messages frequently and will respond to you as quickly as possible.

    Admissions (for information about enrolling at Gaston College):

    • Visit Admissions on our website
    • Call:  704.922.6232
    • Email: admissions@gaston.edu
    • An appointment will be required for any campus visit to this office.  

    Bookstore:

    • The best way to obtain books and supplies is still online at bookstore.gaston.edu. In-store pick-up is available.
    • Call:  704.922.6428
    • Email: wilson.charles@gaston.edu or powell.lisa@gaston.edu
    • The bookstore will be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. during the summer. A limited number of people will be allowed in the store at a time. Masks are encouraged when shopping.

    Business Office (for payment of tuition and fees):

    Computer Labs:

    • Computer labs are currently closed

    Continuing Education (for information about non-credit classes and programs):

    Counseling and Advising (for information about counseling and academic advising services):

    Educational Partnerships (for information about the College’s high school dual enrollment programs):

    Financial Aid (for information about grants, scholarships and veterans programs):

    Libraries:

    LPCC – Learning, Persistence and Completion Center (for information about tutoring and writing assistance):

    Records and Registration (for information about records, registration, graduation and transcripts):

    Sponsorship Office (for third party payment of tuition and fees):

    Student Life (for information about student activities):

    Testing Center (for information about admissions and program testing at Gaston College):


     

    Events and Travel

    • Events and gatherings of 10 or more people at any Gaston College campus that are not related to instruction will be postponed or canceled. This will remain in effect until further notice. 
    • We urge everyone to consider alternative options, such as conference calls, video conferencing, etc. for smaller events and gatherings as well.
    • All international and domestic college-related travel outside of our College service area is being suspended for all faculty, staff and students until further notice. 
    • We are following the guidance from the CDC regarding international travel. Any student, faculty or staff member returning to the United States from a location with a Level 3 or Level 2 warning is being asked to self-quarantine at home for a minimum of 14 days prior to returning to campus.
      • Students who have traveled to these locations in the last 30 days, including over spring break, should notify Dr. Audrey Sherrill at 704.922.6217 or sherrill.audrey@gaston.edu immediately.
    • The College is also discouraging any personal nonessential domestic and international travel at this time. If you are traveling, follow all travel precautions and guidance from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State.

     

    Illness

    If you have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, have been notified you were exposed to coronavirus, or if you are experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, you should follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for self-monitoring and seeking medical care. If you’ve been on campus at any point after March 13 we’re asking you to notify Dr. Audrey Sherrill at 704.922.6217 or vpstudentaffairs@gaston.edu as soon as possible.


     

    Student Outreach Services (SOS)

    This is a stressful time for all of us. Services are available for enrolled students and their family members and we encourage you to utilize these services if needed. Through the Student Outreach Services (SOS) program you can access clinicians that can assist with personal or academic-related challenges and concerns.