Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony 

The Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Acrisure Arena on Tuesday, May 21st at 4:00 p.m.

Additional information regarding tickets will be released early May 2024. 

Spring 2024 Grad Fest Celebration

Grad Fest was held on Thursday, April 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Palm Desert Campus Gymnasium.

Students who were unable to attend Grad Fest may stop by the Admissions & Records office starting Monday, April 15th to register for the commencement ceremony. After registering, students will be prompted to pick up their graduation regalia at the Palm Desert Bookstore during operational hours. 

Graduation Application Deadlines

Graduation Term
Graduation Application Opens
Submission Deadline
Commencement Ceremony
Spring 2024 January 4th, 2024 March 1st, 2024 Spring 2024
Summer 2024 January 4th, 2024 March 1st, 2024 Spring 2024
Summer 2024 January 4th, 2024 July 1st, 2024 Spring 2025
Fall 2024 TBA TBA Spring 2025


Preparing for Graduation

To apply for graduation, follow these steps: 

1. Verify your eligibility and review the graduation requirements through your Self-Service portal. If your intended program is not reflected, please submit a declare/change major request

2. Consult your academic counselor for guidance and ensure completion of all necessary coursework. 

3. Submit the degree or certificate application by the specified deadline, including any required official documents that will be used towards your progress. 

4. Stay informed about updates and events through your official MyCOD student email

5. Begin exploring post-graduation options and consider your future career goals

Congratulations on your journey towards graduation!


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Graduates                  

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Conferral Information

Fall 2023 graduates who have filed for graduation by the deadline will have their degree and/or certificate conferred onto their academic transcripts within 6 weeks once final grades have been posted.

Students may review their awards by viewing their unofficial transcript within the Self-Service portal. 

Self-Service>Academics>Unofficial Transcript


Diploma Mailing Information (Hard-Copy)


Fall 2023 diplomas will be mailed to the address indicated on the graduation application within 12 weeks once final grades have been posted. 

Diplomas are mailed to the address indicated on the graduation application. College of the Desert is not responsible for lost, held, or damaged mail. College of the Desert is not responsible for mis-delivery errors via carrier, or incorrect shipping information.

For address updates, please contact the Admissions & Records office by emailing using your MyCOD student email in the following format:                                                                                                                                            Subject: Diploma Mailing Address Change                                                              Content: Include your name, student ID number, address, and a copy of your photo ID.                          

Graduation applications for Spring 2024 are now open. The deadline to submit a Spring 2024 graduation application is March 1st, 2024. 

Additional details regarding the upcoming Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony will be released April 2024. 

Students may order official College of the Desert transcript by using the following link: COD Transcript Order. Students may request to place the order on hold for processing until the degree or certificate is posted onto their record (optional).    

General education certification requests will be ordered through the COD Transcript Order link. Certifications will not be provided separately from transcript orders.                                                                                              General Education Certification Options

Students who participated in the Spring 2023 commencement ceremony will receive an email from GradImages within the upcoming weeks. Students may also monitor the GradImages website using the following link: GradImages Photo Search