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Associate Degrees and/or Certificates are not automatically awarded when students complete the requirements.  Students must submit the electronic Degree Application or Certificate Application(available on the student portal under the "A&R Forms" link) by the following deadlines.
​Graduation Term ​Submission Deadline ​Commencement Ceremony
​Fall ​October 15
​May of following year
​Spring ​February 15
​May of current year
​Summer ​February 15
​May of current year
​Summer ​June 15
​May of following year

Application to Graduate is normally processed within 10-15 business days.  However, processing could take 20-25 business days during peak registration and high volume months (December, January, February, March, and May).

Prior to submission of Degree Application
  • It is strongly recommended that students meet with a counselor regarding degree requirements.
  • Students must have completed 40 units, at least 12 units at COD
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended must be on file with Admissions & Records.
  • Transcripts are required even if courses are not transferred.
  • If courses were taken prior to 1995 student may be required to contact the institution to provide course descriptions and GE information.
  • Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by anapproved agency 
Prior to submission of Certificate Application
  • Students must have completed or have in progress 6 units at COD.
  • Official transcripts must be on file with Admissions & Records for all courses to be applied to the certificate.