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How to Graduate - Graduation Requirements

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Visit My Portal to Apply to Graduate for Spring 2024 between January 1, 2024 - February 24, 2024.

For our Late Graduation Application, apply using our form.

Degree and Certificate Requirements
Please Note: In order to apply for graduation, Students must either need to be an Active Student or have met with a counselor. (Active Student: Enrolled within the past year).

A.A./AS Degree Requirements

AA-T/AS-T Degree Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 60 transferable units.
  • Complete either the CSU GE-B or IGETC CSU requirements.
  • Complete required major courses a C (or P) better.
  • Earn a 2.0 transferable grade point average.
  • Complete at least 12 units at Mission College to establish residency.

Certificate Achievement Requirements

  • Complete all required certificate courses with a C (or P) or better.
  • Earn a 2.0 degree applicable grade point average
  • Complete at least 1/3 of the program courses at Mission College to establish residency.
Graduation Checklist


Meet with a counselor to ensure all requirements have been met. Schedule an appointment at Counseling.


Visit My Portal to access the "Apply to Graduate".

Submit Documentation

If applicable, submit official documentation to the Admissions & Records Office. See After the Application below for details.

Application and Document Deadlines

Fall 2023 (for students who will complete requirements by end of Fall 2023)

  • Application Opens: August 1, 2023
  • Deadline to Submit Application: September 23, 2023
  • Deadline to Submit Official Documentation: September 30, 2023
  • Term Complete: December 16, 2023
  • Degree Posted/Diploma Mailed: March 31, 2024

Spring 2024 (for students who will complete requirements by end of Spring 2024)

  • Application Opens: January 1, 2024
  • Deadline to Submit Application: February 24, 2024
  • Deadline to Submit Official Documentation: March 2, 2024
  • Semester Complete: May 24, 2024
  • Degree Posted/Diploma Mailed: July 31, 2024

Summer 2024 (for students who will complete requirements by end of Summer 2024)

  • Application Opens: April 1, 2024 
  • Deadline to participate in Spring commencement: April 22, 2024
  • Deadline to Submit Application:  June 22, 2024
  • Deadline to Submit Official Documentation: July 29, 2024
  • Term Complete: July 2024
  • Degree Posted/Diploma Mailed: September 30, 2024

Students wishing to submit an application after the stated deadline, please fill out this Late Graduation Application form by March 31, 2024.

**** For technical assistance with the Apply to Graduate process, email [email protected].****

After the Application

Submitted applications can be viewed by selecting View Application to Graduate in My Portal. All applications will remain in a "pending status" and will be reviewed after grades have been posted.

If applicable, submit the following documentation to the Admissions & Records Office by the deadline listed above:

* For in-progress courses taken at other colleges: Official transcripts must be sent to Admissions & Records immediately after coursework is complete and grades are posted. Applications to Graduate will not be processed if official records are not on file. 

Important Notes

  • Official documentation must be sent electronically from the institution or mailed to Admissions & Records Office, 3000 Mission College Blvd, M.S.#9, Santa Clara, CA 95054
  • Status inquiries after the Diploma Mailed date above or address changes should be directed to [email protected]
  • If you need to re-apply for graduation for various reasons, (example: applied for Fall semester but need to now move to Spring semester), contact [email protected].
Order Graduate Regalia

Regalia, such as caps, gowns, and tassels, can be purchased from our preferred vendor, PromoConnections. More information including the website to purchase items prior to the Commencement ceremony will be posted in late March 2024.

Students will have multiple opportunities to pick up their regalia on campus prior to Commencement.