Graduation Graduation

Important Dates for Graduation

Please don't order an official transcript until you see that ALL of your grades are posted on your unofficial transcript in connectColumbia.

SPRING 2022  
Application period to apply for graduation November 29, 2021 - April 1, 2022    
Degree/Certificate posted to transcript June 15, 2022
Degree/Certificate mailed to student by July 1, 2022
SUMMER 2022  
Application period to apply for graduation April 19, 2022 - July 15, 2022            
Degree/Certificate posted to transcript September 15, 2022
Degree/Certificate mailed to student by October 1, 2022
Fall 2022  
Application period to apply for graduation August 1, 2022 - November 11, 2022
Degree/Certificate posted to transcript February 15, 2023
Degree/Certificate mailed to student by March 1, 2023


You can apply for an Associates Degree, Certificate of Completion, or Skills Attainment Certificate for the fall semester by clicking on the link to these forms on the
Student Forms web page.  The forms will be electronic and processed through our forms system called Etrieve.  To learn how to use Etrieve, please see the video tutorial on the Student Forms 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.  You can see where your application is in the process at all times by checking the application "History" at the bottom of the Etrieve page.  

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 for Columbia College Commencement Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 28, 2023! 

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