Applying for Graduation
An Associate in Arts Degree or a Certificate of Achievement is not automatically awarded. Students are required to petition for graduation at the beginning of the semester in which they will be completing their final requirements. The petition to apply for graduation is available online or in the Admissions and Records Office during the graduation petitioning periods below. Electronically submit the graduation petition form to the Admissions and Records Office by the deadline to submit date listed below under Graduation Petitioning Periods.
Important! Please be sure to have official transcripts from all the colleges you have attended on file in the Admissions and Records Office before you submit your Petition to apply for graduation form.
If you are not currently enrolled you will need to meet the current catalog degree requirements for the current academic year.
Applications for petition to graduate:
- Petition for Certificate of Specialization or Accomplishment
- Petition for Associate in Arts Transfer Degree
- Petition for Associate Degree
Military students may obtain a graduation petition online at military.coastline.edu.
Graduation Petitioning Periods
|Semester||Application Period Begins||Deadline to Submit Application|
|Summer 2015||June 15||July 17|
|Fall 2015||August 24||November 13|
|Spring 2016||February 1||April 4|
Diplomas will be mailed two months after the end of the semester in which the application was filed.
Commencement exercises are held once a year at the end of the Spring Semester.
Please Note: The commencement ceremony will be held during the month of May. Detailed information will be mailed to all graduation candidates beginning in mid March. Whether or not you plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony, you must petition (apply) for graduation by April 4, 2016, if you wish to have a May 2016 graduation date posted on your transcript.
For more information, please call (714) 241-6325.
Commencement 2016 – the college's annual graduation ceremony – will be held on [TBA] at Orange Coast College's Robert B. Moore Theatre located at 2701 Fairview Rd. Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
The ceremony starts at 4:00 p.m. A reception will follow the ceremony with light refreshments.
For information on filing for graduation or participating in the ceremony, call (714) 241–6325.