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GRAD PACKET  <click here for Commencement Ceremony information
Every reasonable effort is made to maintain accuracy of student information published for Commencement.  College of the Desert staff cannot be held liable for errors in or omissions from published material.

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) 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.

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