Graduation is not automatic. If you are earning a degree or certificate, you must Apply for Graduation.
Schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor to develop your educational plan for the specific degree, certificate, and/or general education pattern you are pursuing. Students can meet with their counselor in EOPS, DSPS, STAR/TRIO, or General Counseling Office.
If you have attended a college or university outside of the San Diego Community College District, please review the steps to submit and evaluate transcripts prior to applying for graduation.
Students may apply for graduation 1 to 2 semesters in advance as long as they will complete requirements by the end of the semester.
Spring & Summer 2024 applications open November 6, 2023.
Fall 2024 applications open April 29, 2024.
Deadlines to apply for graduation vary from year to year. All Deadlines are final.
You will not receive your diploma 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.
Graduation with honors distinction is based upon all coursework that is associate degree and lower division baccalaureate degree applicable or coursework applicable to the certificate of achievement. If eligible, an honors notation is placed on the student's official transcript and diploma.
Associate Degree Honors, 3.5-4.0 GPA: Gold Tassel, Gold Cord
Certificate of Achievement Honors, 3.5-4.0: GPA White Tassel, White Cord.
Students who maintain continuous enrollment may choose to graduate under the college catalog in effect at the time they began their studies in a California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus, or under the catalog in effect at the time of graduation.
Continuous enrollment is defined as attendance in one semester or two quarters (excluding summer) within a calendar year in the CSU, UC, or California Community College System.
Certification of a student's completion of CSU general education requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is not a graduation requirement. Therefore, students do not have catalog rights to a certification pattern used by a certifying institution or a CSU or UC campus.