Academic Catalog

Graduation Requirements

Application for Graduation

Applications for graduation are available on delaGATE, Apply to Graduate. Students must complete an application for graduation regardless of their plans to attend the commencement ceremony.  Before completing the graduation application students should meet with their advisor to review graduation requirements and eligibility. During that meeting it should be discussed whether or not all necessary course substitutions or the transferring in of courses from another school, if appropriate, have been completed. It is also a good time to confirm in Degree Works that the program of study is accurate and if not complete a change of major form with an advisor. Students should submit a separate application for each concurrent degree and/or certificate sought.  All financial obligations must be satisfied. 

Graduation is processed three times per year: December (fall graduates), May (spring graduates) and August (summer graduates). If students complete their program during the winter session, they should apply for May graduation. 

There is only one Commencement ceremony which takes place in May. The following are the application deadlines to apply for graduation and to have the students name included in the commencement booklet and to receive information about ordering their cap, gown and tickets:

  • May graduation: March 15 application deadline
  • August graduation: July 15 application deadline
  • December graduation: November 15 application deadline

Graduation with Honors

The associate degree or certificate will be granted “With Honors” if a student earns an overall average of 3.0 (B) in all courses applicable to the degree or certificate. For those students with an overall average of 3.5, the award will be “With High Honors.”

Dual or Additional Degrees

Students who complete all requirements for two degrees and at least 12 additional credits at the same time may receive two diplomas. General Studies, Technical Studies, and other similar programs may not be awarded as part of a dual degree. A certificate and degree in the same or similar curricula may not be awarded at the same time. Students may pursue no more than two degrees at one time and they must inform their advisors of the intent to follow two degrees. They must file two separate graduation applications.

Replacement Diplomas

DCCC Graduate with daughter and diploma

Graduates who were previously issued a diploma have the option to request a digital diploma and/or paper diploma. This service is available to former graduates only - not to those students who have applied for graduation and are awaiting their initial diploma.  This service is available at