Mesa Journeys



Before You can Graduate

Are You Ready to graduate?

Below are the steps you need to take to ensure you graduate and can participate in the May Commencement Ceremony.

Step 1: apply to Graduate

Once you have an educational plan for the degree or certificate you wish to receive, you need to Apply for Graduation though your student portal at Under "My Academics" on the left-hand side of your student portal, click "Apply for Graduation". Be sure to click submit at the end!

  • You can apply up to two (2) semesters before you plan to finish your classes/graduate. However, it is recommend to apply for graduation before you graduate. If you are earning a Degree and/or Certificate, you are required to apply for graduation. 

Graduation deadlines vary from year to year. View the current academic year graduation deadlines here. NOTE: Deadlines are final.

Apply for Graduation - view the step-by-step tutorial below.


Step 2: view your degree evaluation on your mysdccd portal

Once you submit your Application for Graduation, please allow up to 4 months to view your graduation status in the My Academics section, located on the left-hand side of your student portal.

  • Make sure your email address is up to date, in case your evaluator needs to contact you for any reason. You can update your email address through your student portal.
  • It may take up to 3-4 months to receive your graduation status online.
  • If you have trouble understanding your graduation status, please contact your counselor.

Step 3: Receive an invitation for the Commencement ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony is held once a year in May. Your invitation to participate in the Commencement Ceremony will be  mailed to you late April. We will also send invitations by email.

  • Your invitation will include required registration information to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Make sure your mailing address and email is up to date. You can update your mailing address on mySDCCD.
  • If you are not interested in attending the Commencement Ceremony, you do not need to respond.

Step 4: Register to Participate in the Commencement Ceremony

  • Your participation in the Commencement Ceremony is OPTIONAL for you to receive your degree or certificate.
  • You must register if you wish participate in the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Your invitation will contain registration information including a website where you will register to participate. 
  • The deadline to register for the 2020 Commencement Ceremony is: TBA 
  • For a checklist of things you'll need to do for the Commencement Ceremony, visit the Commencement Checklist Page.
  • If you need assistance with the registration website contact the Mesa Evaluations Office at 619-388-2680 or email them at

step 5: Receive Your Diploma in the mail

You will not receive your diploma for your degree or certificate at the Commencement Ceremony. Diplomas for summer, fall, and spring graduates are mailed directly to the students after ALL coursework requirements for your degree or certificate are completed successfully.

  • Diplomas are mailed to the address listed on mySDCCD usually 8 weeks after the end of the semester.
  • You will receive a diploma cover at the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Make sure your mailing address and email is up to date. You can update your mailing address on mySDCCD.
  • Degrees and/or Certificates of Achievements will be posted on official transcripts on the following dates:
      • Fall 2019 Graduates: February 2020
      • Spring 2020 Graduates: July 2020
      • Summer 2020 Graduates: November 2020