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Everything You Need to Know About Graduation at CPP

Applying for Graduation

Graduation v. Commencement v. ECP

Graduation is the term in which you have successfully completed all of your degree requirements. 

Commencement is the college ceremonies in May. Any student who receives a Cal Poly Pomona degree during the academic year (fall, winter, spring and preceding summer) is automatically eligible to participate in that year’s Commencement ceremony. 

  • NOTE: The University remains committed to celebrating our graduates, and working on various contingency plans for both Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 in May of 2021.  We will continue to follow guidelines and recommendations by the CSU Chancellor’s Office, state, and local public health agencies.  An update for May 2021 ceremonies will be shared later in the fall.  Please continue to visit the Commencement website for up to date information.

Early Commencement Participation (ECP) is an optional application for students who want to participate in Commencement before they complete all of their degree requirements. Students must have 6 or fewer semester units left to complete after spring term to qualify. Students who are approved for ECP must also apply to graduate in the term that they complete their degree requirements. Do not apply for both ECP and spring graduation. 

You can find current information about ECP on the Registrar's Office website.

  • You're an active student.  
  • You're going to complete all of your remaining degree requirements in the next term, based on your curriculum sheet, your unofficial transcript and your Degree Progress Report. If something doesn't look right on your DPR, use this tool to troubleshoot. 
  • You've worked with your academic advisor to ensure you're going to complete all of your remaining degree requirements. You can find the advising directory here.
  • You have a minimum 2.0 overall, major, and Cal Poly Pomona GPA. 
  • You've taken and passed the Graduation Writing Test
    • NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the Graduation Writing Test requirement has been temporarily suspended. The temporary suspension of the GWT requirement has been extended into Spring 2021. Students graduating in Spring 2021 will not be required to complete the test.
  • You've taken at least 30 semester units or 50 quarter units in residence (at Cal Poly Pomona). 
  • You will complete any internship or senior project requirements for your major by the end of the term. 

You can apply for graduation in your BroncoDirect Student Center. Watch the how-to video below for instructions.

You can submit an application if you either have senior standing now, will have senior standing at the end of the current term, or have graduate standing. If you are not eligible for graduation, the Apply for Graduation link will not be visible. If you think that you are eligible to apply but you don’t see the link, contact the Registrar’s Office at

After you apply for graduation, you'll receive a confirmation at your CPP email address. The message will include instructions and a link to pay your graduation fee. Do not pay your fee before receiving the email confirmation. 

There are specific timeframes for graduation in each term. See below for specific dates for upcoming terms. 

Graduation Application Periods

Expected Graduation Term

Online Graduation Application Period

Application Date to Receive Graduating Senior Registration Appointment

(One of the First Appointments During General Registration)

Fall 2020

March 4 to October 23, 2020

April 2, 2020
Spring 2021

September 21, 2020 to March 12, 2021

October 9, 2020
If you miss the online graduation application period, email the Bronco Advising Center. Do not apply online if you do not see the semester you need to apply for.

  • Keep tabs on your CPP email. The Registrar's Office will communicate any updates to you. 
  • Review your personal information in BroncoDirect. Make sure that everything is up to date. Your diploma will have your Primary Name, which is on your official documents. Find more info about updating your name on your diploma here
  • Keep in touch with your academic advisor. You can work with your academic advisor to ensure that you're on track to graduate. You can find the advising directory here
  • Turn in any outstanding paperwork. You must turn in any transcripts, petitions, and other paperwork by the deficiency deadline. Find the dates for each term below. 
Outstanding Requirement Deadlines

Expected Graduation Term

Outstanding Requirements Must Be Clear By
Summer 2020 September 7, 2020
Fall 2020 February 20, 2021
Spring 2021 June 30, 2021
  • Work hard to pass your last courses. The Learning Resource Center has subject and writing tutoring for many different courses. Think about starting a study group, and make sure you attend instructor office hours if you have any questions about a course. 


Graduation Application Process 2020-21 (View Only PowerPoint)

Here's what happens once you apply for graduation:

  • You complete your final requirements in your graduation term. This includes passing your classes, completing any internship or senior project requirements, finishing your residency units, and keeping your cumulative and CPP GPAs at or above a 2.0. You should also make sure you send in any transcripts if you're taking final classes at other institutions, or submit any outstanding AP or IB scores. 
  • After final grades post for the term, the Registrar's Office will begin awarding degrees. It takes time for each Transfer and Graduation Advisor to review each student's academic record. If there is something missing or we cannot account for all of your requirements, the Registrar's Office will send you an email.
  • Meanwhile, you should submit any outstanding paperwork. This includes petitions, transcripts, or other paperwork your advisor has recommended that you submit. 
  • When your degree is awarded, the Registrar's Office will send you two emails: a congratulatory email and a senior exit survey. At this point, your official transcript will reflect that you have graduated. 
  • After you complete the senior exit survey, you'll receive a copy of your diploma in the mail within 3-4 weeks. You should confirm that all of your personal information is up-to-date in your Student Center. 

If you need proof of degree for a graduate school program or potential employer before your degree is officially awarded, email the Bronco Advising Center at with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your Bronco ID number
  • Proof from the graduate school program or employer requesting proof of degree
  • Any deadlines the graduate school program or employer 


If you're graduating in Fall 2020 and have questions about your application, email with your name, Bronco ID number and a brief explanation.

If you're graduating in Spring 2021 and have questions about your application, email with your name, Bronco ID number and a brief explanation.

For questions about Early Commencement Participation, you can find current information on the Registrar's Office website.




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