Graduation & Commencement FAQ

What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement?

Graduation refers to the term in which you have officially and successfully completed all of your graduation requirements. You must apply for the term in which you plan to graduate through your Student Center in BroncoDirect.  Once grades are posted, your record will be evaluated and if all requirements are met, your degree will be awarded.

Commencement is often referred to as "Graduation," but in reality there is a difference. Commencement is the ceremony and celebration for students projected to successfully complete all of their graduation requirements by the end of Spring Quarter or those that completed the summer, fall or winter before.  You will not receive a diploma at the Commencement ceremony. Confirmation of degree completion will not take place until official grades are posted.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. When will I be graduating?

Although your College Advisor can help you read your Degree Progress Report (DPR), it's VITAL that you perform a Graduation Self-Check to double-check and verify your eligibility for Graduation. This Self-Check will also help you with your MyPlanner!

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2. When can I apply for graduation?

You may apply for graduation when the application period for your final semester becomes available. In general, this is usually during the semester prior to your final semester. Visit the Graduation website for specific deadlines.

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3. How do I apply for graduation?

You apply for graduation from your Student Center in BroncoDirect and you must pay the application fee. Juniors & Seniors are encouraged to attend one of the "Ready, Set, Graduate" workshops to receive more information:

  • Thursday, October 17th @ 4:00pm, BSC, Orion BC
  • Tuesday, October 22nd @ 12:00pm, BSC, Orion BC

No registration required.

If you're unable to attend these workshops, the presentation will be available online on the Registrar's website, and you can also view a video tutorial.

The CEIS Advising Center also offers Graduation Workshops every semester!

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4. Can I participate in the Spring Commencement, even though I will be finishing up courses in Summer or Fall?

Yes, you may as long as you only have 6 units remaining. This is subject to change annually. Visit the Early Commencement Participation (ECP) website for any changes:

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