Frequently Asked Questions about Graduation

I'm done! How do I graduate?

First, you must Apply to Graduate. Generally, you should do this at the beginning of the semester you plan on graduating in, or the one prior. See the video below for step-by-step instructions on how to Apply to Graduate and see Evaluations for graduation deadlines.

Graduations does not equal Commencement! In order to participate in the ceremony you must notify the Evaluations Office by completing the online Commencement Registration

I have a killer GPA! How do I graduate with honors?

If you believe you will be graduating as an honor graduate (with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher), please contact the Evaluations Office immediately. Please note, Gold Honor cords will be given to AA/AS degree graduate candidates only.

Once you purchase your cap and gown from the bookstore, you can check your honors status with Evaluations in K1-207. If your degree applicable GPA is 3.5 or above, you will exchange your teal tassel for gold and receive a gold cord.

What if I need special accommodations?

If you or your guest will need special accommodations, please contact the Student Affairs Office no later than the first week of May. Special seating and assistance will be available with prior notice. 619-388-7313

Do you need anything else from me?

Yes! Do we have your current contact information?

Your Degrees or Certificates will be mailed to the address on file with the college. It is very important that you update your mailing address through  mySDCCD before the end of the semester, as your diploma will be mailed directly to you at the address on file. If you need to re-order a diploma due to incorrect address you will be responsible for any fees.


Does my name have to go in the program? And what about my privacy?

As a candidate for graduation, your name will be printed in the graduation program distributed on the day of graduation. Your name will also be included on other lists of graduates within the San Diego Community College District. If you do not wish for your name to be published, please notify the Evaluations Office in K1-207 (619) 388-7371 prior to the program printing deadline (refer to Evaluations for deadlines) .

Please note that graduations are public. By participating in graduation, it is possible that the media or other photographers may use graduation photographs in newspapers, other publicity print media, or other video briefs on television news.