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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. 

Spring Diplomas mailed mid-late August

Summer Diplomas mailed mid-late October

Fall Diplomas mailed mid-late February

Commencement 2021 Portal


Graduation, on the other hand, is a multi-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 year's deadlines.

If you complete your coursework in Fall of 2020, you will be considered a Fall 2020 graduate, however, you may attend the Spring 2021 Commencement. Same for Summer 2021, you would walk during Spring 2021.

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. 

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 will be based upon all coursework that is associate degree and lower division baccalaureate degree applicable.

  • 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 based on the degree or certificate-specific coursework's GPA. Students should refer to Counseling to determine if they have met the above criteria.

Commencement 2021

Due to state restrictions on large gatherings, there will be no In-Person Commencement Ceremony.

Instead, we will offer all graduates the opportunity to participate in one or both of the following events:

Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Date: Friday, May 28, 2021

Time: Ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Online/Streaming TBD

Graduation Parade Celebration 

Friday, May 21, 2021

10 am

San Diego Miramar Campus

The deadline to register for these ceremonies has passed

Commencement 2021 Portal

Be sure to sign up for text reminders by clicking the link or following the steps below

remind steps to register



February 14, 2021 - Deadline to Apply for Graduation for students transferring to a CSU in Fall 2021 who are completing an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or an Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T). Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT).


March 15, 2021 - Deadline to Apply for Graduation and ensure your name will be included in the commencement program. **Students filing after this date, but before April 30, 2021 will still be Spring 2021 graduates, but their name may not be in the Commencement Program.


April 30, 2021 - Deadline to Apply for Graduation and be a Spring 2021 graduate. Students filing after this date will be a Summer 2021 graduate.




July 31, 2021 - Deadline to Apply for Graduation and be a Summer 2021 graduate.  Students filing after this date will be Fall 2021 graduates.

 **IGETC: June 30, 2021 - In order for students to meet the UC IGETC Certification deadline, students must submit their online petition to the college Evaluations through the online system by the last business day in June.