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Commencement vs Graduation


A commencement ceremony is often referred to as "Graduation", but they are not always the same thing. For San Diego Miramar College, the commencement ceremony is the end-of-year celebration in May for students that have completed or are expected to complete their graduation requirements. Students who have completed their graduation requirements in the prior Fall or Summer semesters can also participate in the May commencement ceremony.

Students do not receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremony. Diplomas for summer, fall, and spring graduates are mailed directly to the students after they complete their graduation process. 


Graduation, on the other hand, is a multiple step process of developing an educational plan, completing your course requirements, and Applying to Graduate through mySDCCD. The term in which you have officially and successfully completed all of your graduation requirements is when you graduate. The deadlines to apply to graduate are always before the end of the semester, so pay close attention to deadlines and get it done early. See Evaluations for this years deadlines.

If you complete your coursework in Fall of 2019, you will be considered all Fall 2019 graduate, however, you may walk in the Spring 2020 Commencement. Same for Summer 2020, you would walk during Spring 2020.

Apply to Graduate

Graduation is not automatic upon completion of requirements. Students who expect to receive an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement are encouraged to Apply to Graduate the semester before the anticipated graduation. If you apply and have to push back graduating due to any circumstances, your application will remain in the system. Click here to review a sample Graduation Evaluation and how to interpret it.

Make sure to be aware of the deadline dates for Applying to Graduate which can be found on the Academic Calendar and on the SDCCD Evaluations website.

When to Apply to Graduate

Associates Degree 

Students are encouraged to file a Petition for Graduation for an Associate Degree the semester prior to their expected graduation date.

Certificate Of Achievement

Students working toward a Certificate of Achievement should file the Petition for Graduation prior to the beginning of the semester in which they plan to complete the requirements of their certificate program.

Applying to Graduate

All students must Apply to Graduate with an Associates Degree or Certificate of Achievement through their mySDCCD Portal. Students' majors will be listed under the Apply to Graduate Tab. If you do not see the correct major, you should meet with a counselor in order to make sure you have the proper Education Plans in place. Counselors cannot Apply to Graduate on behalf of a student, they can only guide students and ensure EdPlans are in place.

Click here for important Graduation Deadlines

Please note: Only coursework completed in the San Diego Community College District may be used to complete certificate requirements.


Graduation with Honors

Graduation with honors distinction is based upon all coursework that is associate degree and lower division baccalaureate degree applicable or coursework applicable to the certificate of achievement.

  • Honors is granted to students who achieve an overall 3.5 GPA.
  • High Honors is granted to students who achieve an overall 3.75 GPA.
  • Highest Honors is granted to students who achieve an overall 4.0 GPA.

Students will be notified that the honors distinction is pending at the time of the graduation ceremony, when the GPA is calculated based upon degree or certificate applicable coursework completed through the fall semester of the year of the ceremony. The final honors distinction will be determined upon completion of all coursework completed through the spring semester for spring graduates or the summer term for summer graduates and fall semester for fall graduates.

An honors notation is placed on the student's official transcript and diploma.

Honors is not based on a student's overall GPA but rather the degree or certificate specific coursework's GPA. Students should refer to Counseling or Evaluations to determine if they have met the above criteria.

In order to exchange tassels, students must first purchase their cap and gown from the Bookstore (619) 388-7866. Students can exchange their teal tassels for a gold Honors tassel and cord in Evaluations (K1-207).

Register for Commencement

The deadline to register to participate has closed.

We are pleased and excited to celebrate the success of Class of 2020 in our first ever virtual Commencement Ceremony.

We are planning an online ceremony to celebrate our 2020 graduates so this special moment can be shared with your family, friends, and the academic community. The ceremony will be hosted online starting July 17, 2020, at 1:00 pm. 

Congratulations on your achievement!