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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.

Grad​uation Term Submission Deadline Commencement Ceremony
October 15
May of following year
February 15
May of current year
February 15
May of current year
June 15
May of following year

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


Prior to submission of Degree Ap​plication

  • It is strongly recommended that students meet with a counselor regarding degree requirements.
  • Students must have co​mpleted 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 an approved 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.