Graduation

Apply for Graduation

Apply for graduation by submitting the Graduation Application form. Apply by April 15 to have your name included in the Commencement Ceremony.

  • Fill out the Graduation Application when you are two quarters away from graduating, or within a year of graduating.
  • Contact your Educational & Career Planner via Compass for an official graduation review of degree requirements and to check to see if you have any remaining classes needed to complete degree or certificate.
  • This is the only way to get your degree or certificate posted on your transcript, even if you're not participating in the graduation ceremony.

Here are a few things that will help you as you fill out the form.

  • We'll use this information for our Commencement Ceremony: Your Name, Degree, Graduating with High and Highest Honors
  • For your overall college level grade point average (GPA), find the last entry when you view your transcript
  • High Honors are awarded to 3.75-3.89 GPA. You'll recieve a Silver Cord.
  • Highest Honors are awarded to 3.9 - 4.0 GPA. You'll recieve a White Cord.
  • You'll need to apply for each degree and certificate you're earning.
Commencement Ceremony

See the commencement page for information about the Commencement Ceremony.

Degree and Certificate Posting

You must apply for graduation for ALL degrees and ALL certificates. Some degrees have certificates within them – you must apply for each degree and each individual certificate in order for it to post on your transcript AND for us to order diplomas.

  • The posting of your degree/certificate on your transcript is your official confirmation of completion and will be posted on the bottom of your transcript. View your transcript.
  • You may receive messages in your college email or COMPASS with questions or info.
  • If requirements are met, degree will post on transcript the quarter after you finish classes.
  • Processes may take longer for spring graduates due to the higher volume of applicants.
  • Transferred in credits will appear on your transcript at time of posting.
  • Unless otherwise specified by the program planning guide, students must complete at least 30 credits at SPSCC to be granted an Associate degree or the last 15 credits at SPSCC to be granted a certificate.
  • If you wish, order Official Transcripts after Degree posted (order online, small fee required): https://spscc.edu/students/transcripts-verifications
  • Please note if your application has been denied, contact advisor, register for remaining classes, and re-apply for graduation when remaining graduation requirements are in progress  (there is a possibility of new requirements if a break of 2 quarters or more).

Diplomas – expect diploma to arrive in your mail box several months after last quarter

  • Diplomas mailed to you several months after requirements met, keep address up to date.
  • Diplomas Printed with NAME Listed in System. Mailed to ADDRESS on graduation application.
  • Please keep your info up-to-date and inform graduation@spscc.edu when updating.
  • If you apply late, or any delay in posting of degree - this may delay diploma order.
  • Diplomas and transcripts are not released if a student has unmet financial obligations.
  • NOTE: If your address is NOT correct and your Diploma is mailed to the wrong address and you do not receive it, you will be subject to a $10 Diploma Replacement Fee.
General Requirements

General information for all degrees:

  • Minimum GPA 2.0 required – some programs require higher standards.
  • Basic Skills must be met – this is based on courses or placement.
  • Quantitative courses for Transfer Degrees and some Technical Degrees may have prerequisites.
  • Degree Requirements must be met.
  • Diversity Requirement must be met.
  • Unless otherwise specified by the program planning guide, students must complete at least 30 credits at SPSCC to be granted an Associate degree or the last 15 credits at SPSCC to be granted a certificate.
Student Responsibilities

Students are responsible to:

  • Ask questions about your degree or certificate and meet with your assigned advisor regularly and for degree progress checks.
  • Follow the degree planner/educational planning guide. Don’t assume you can substitute or waive certain courses. Complete Diversity Requirement and all degree requirements.
  • Meet Basic Skills for Certificates ENGL090/MATH090 or have appropriate test scores.
  • Maintain continuous enrollment. If you take two or more quarters off, you will be under a new catalog and subject to new degree requirements in effect upon re-entry.
  • Submit a graduation application up to two quarters prior to graduation and not later than one calendar year after you have finished classes at SPSCC.
  • Inform graduation@spscc.edu if you change quarter plan to graduate.
  • Make sure fines are paid and that you are current with financial obligations to the college.
  • Achieve 2.0 or above grade point average – some programs require higher standards.
  • Take a designated diversity class, a requirement for all two year degrees.
  • Unless otherwise specified by the program planning guide, students must complete at least 30 credits at SPSCC to be granted an Associate degree or the last 15 credits at SPSCC to be granted a certificate.
  • Keep your address up-to-date. Update address: graduation@spscc.edu or (360) 596-5241.
  • Check your Degree Audit notes for information regarding your graduation application.
Help and Contact Information

If you need help, ask us!

Contact your Educational & Career Planner via Compass with questions about degree requirements: