Important Dates for Graduation
Please don't order an official transcript until you see that ALL of your grades and/or awards are posted on your unofficial transcript in connectColumbia.
|Application period to apply for graduation||November 28, 2022 - March 31, 2023|
|Degree/Certificate posted to transcript||June 15, 2023|
|Degree/Certificate mailed to student by||July 1, 2023|
|Application period to apply for graduation*||November 28, 2022 - July 14, 2023|
|Degree/Certificate posted to transcript||September 15, 2023|
|Degree/Certificate mailed to student by||October 1, 2023|
|Application period to apply for graduation||July 31, 2023 - November 10, 2023|
|Degree/Certificate posted to transcript||February 15, 2023|
|Degree/Certificate mailed to student by||March 1, 2023|
*Your application must be submitted by March 31, 2023 in order for your name to be published in the Commencement Program or to walk in the spring Commencement Celebration.
You can apply for an Associates Degree, Certificate of Completion, or Skills Attainment Certificate by clicking on the link to these forms on the Student Forms web page. There are several steps that will happen after you submit your graduation application.
Application for Graduation Process
To find and contact your Counselor, please refer to our Counseling Staff page. Counseling office: 209-588-5109, Special Programs office 209-588-5130 or visit the Counseling Appointments page.
1. If you plan to complete your application with a counselor, it should be smooth sailing for you! The counselor will confirm that you have met all requirements to graduate, or, that you plan to complete your final classes by the end of the semester in which you plan to graduate.
2. If you have met with a counselor in the past and have a current, approved education plan on file in Starfish, your graduation application will be routed to your counselor for approval.
3. If you have NOT met with a counselor and DO NOT have an approved education plan on file in Starfish, your application will be routed to the Counseling Department and you will be contacted to make a counseling appointment to complete that step.
4. Once you have a counselor-approved graduation application on file, your application will be in a "pending" status until the final evaluation is complete (6-8 weeks after the end of the semester).
5. You will receive an email to your student email account letting you know if you are eligible or ineligible for for your award after a counselor reviews your application.
6. To check the status of your submitted graduation application, go to your etrieve activity tab here: https://etcentral.yosemite.edu/#/activity. Find the completed application in the list and then click on the "History" button at the bottom of the form.
In order to be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony, students must have a counselor-approved application for a degree or certificate on file.
Columbia College Commencement 2023
Save the date! The Columbia College Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 28, 2023! Applications for graduation must be recieved by March 31, 2023 for your name to be published in the Commencement Program or to walk in the Commencement Celebration.
Click here for more information.