Before You Can Graduate

Steps you must follow

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STEP 1: See a Counselor: Develop an Education Plan

  • If you attended other colleges, you MUST have official transcripts from all previous schools on file and evaluated. Transcripts must be mailed to:
  • San Diego Community College District
    Transcripts Department
    3375 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 100
    San Diego, CA 92108
  • Follow up two weeks later and ask for “Request for Transcript Evaluation” at Records Office in Room L-110 or in the Counseling Office in the 'E' Building. The "Request for Transcript Evaluation" may also be completed by phone at (619) 388-3474 or (619) 388-3540. This process may take 2-4 weeks. You will receive an email notice when your evaluation is completed.
  • Meet with a counselor to develop an electronic “Education Plan” for your AA, AS, or Certificate of Achievement.

STEP 2: Petition to Graduate

  • It is highly recommended to submit your Petition by end of Fall semester. It is also CRUCIAL that you keep your e-mail and mailing address up-to-date.
  • You may file your “Petition to Graduate” on-line at or in person at the Evaluations/Counseling Office in the 'E' Building.
  • The declared Major (Degree or Certificate Title) in your Petition MUST match your Education Plan on file.
  • March 23
  • Deadline to file a Petition for Graduation for Spring and Summer graduates, and also guarantee an evaluation for eligibility to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, and have your name in the Commencement program.

Step 3: Wait for your evaluation review to arrive in the mail

  • Update your information online at
  • Wait for your Evaluation Review to arrive in the mail. It may take up to 3-4 months from the time you petition. DO NOT PANIC! It is not an Approved or Denied decision.
  • When your evaluation arrives in the mail, READ the evaluation letter carefully and review the copy of your Education Plan to ensure you are on the right track to complete your major requirements.
  • If you have trouble understanding your evaluation, contact your counselor.

Step 4: Receive an Invitation for the Graduation Ceremony

  • Your participation in the Graduation Ceremony is OPTIONAL, but strongly encouraged.
  • Your Invitation to Participate will be sent via email and/or U.S. Mail in April.
  • You do not have to respond to the invitation if you are not interested in participating in the Graduation Ceremony.
  • Graduation Ceremony is ONLY once a year—generally, the last Friday of the spring semester. The exact date and time will also be included in your invitation.
  • Spring 2018 Graduation Day is May 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.
    Graduates must check in by 3:00 pm.
  • ALL students who submitted a “Petition to Graduate” are invited to participate based on the following:
      •   Have completed the requirements to graduate in Fall semester 2017
      •   In progress to complete the requirements for Spring 2018
      •   Have a maximum of 3 courses to complete (maximum of 9 units) in Summer 2018

Step 5: Register to Participate/Walk in Graduation Ceremony

  • To participate in the Graduation Ceremony, follow the instructions on your invitation. Registration for Graduation Ceremony is completed ONLINE at a specific web address provided in your invitation.
  • At the registration for the Graduation Ceremony website, be sure to include the PHONETIC spelling of your name (example: Jessica Serrano – JEH-sih-Kuh Seh-RAH-no). It is very important to complete this step in order for your name to be pronounced correctly when you walk across the stage.  Refer to the following link for help,
  • After you complete the registration for the Graduation Ceremony form, you must click the “Submit Graduation Registration” button to complete your registration. You will receive an instant message confirmation.  Please print this for your records.
  • You may only complete your registration for the Graduation Ceremony ONCE.  
  • If you need assistance with registering for the Graduation Ceremony, contact the Student Affairs Office in Room M-200 or (619) 388-3498.
  • Participating students MUST attend the Graduation Rehearsal.
  • Rehearsal is May 24, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. (SHARP) at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park
  • Wear the official San Diego City College Cap and Gown the day of graduation (available in City Bookstore on May 1, 2018).
  • Your name will be printed in the Commencement Program regardless of your participation in the Graduation Ceremony.

      April 16, 2018

      • Deadline for students to notify the Evaluations Office if you do not want your name printed in the commencement program.

Step 6: Receive your Diploma in the Mail

  • ALL course work requirements for your Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement MUST BE COMPLETED prior to being noted on your transcript and before the diploma is mailed to you.
  • Degrees and/or Certificate of Achievement will be posted on official transcripts and mailed to you on the following dates:
      •   Spring graduates - September 2018
      •   Summer graduates - November 2018
      •   Fall graduates - April 2019
  • Diplomas are issued only after completion of all graduation requirements have been verified, and will be issued in the name and to the address on record at the time the diploma is awarded.
  • Refer to SDCCD Catalog "Graduation" for complete information.

RESOURCES: Additional Information and Contacts

  • The Graduation Ceremony is to honor your accomplishments. You will receive a diploma cover when you participate in the ceremony.
  • For special accommodations or information about the Graduation Ceremony, you may contact the Student Affairs Office in Room M-200 or (619) 388-3498.
  • For information about the status of your “Petition to Graduate,” you may contact the Counseling/Evaluations Office in 'E' Building or (619) 388-3540/(619) 388-3466.
  • For information about your degree requirements or any questions related to your academic status, contact your counselor’s office:
      •   Counseling Office, E Building, (619) 388-3540
      •   DSPS counseling, Room L-206, L-207, (619) 388-3513
      •   EOPS counseling, Room L-117, (619) 388-3209
      •   FYS counseling, Room L-112, L-113, (619) 388-3998