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Graduation Policies

Graduation Policies

When to apply?

You should apply for graduation during the term your requirements will be completed for AA-T, AS-T, AS, AA or Certificate of Achievement.  You should have already reviewed your academic record with a counselor. Applications for graduation are available online, and at the Admissions & Records.  If you miss a deadline for application, you may apply for the next term and your degree or certificate will be posted in the next term.

Application Deadlines

Admissions & Records will accept applications for graduation once you have registered for your classes. You need to apply for graduation during the term your requirements will be completed, not before. The following dates indicate the deadline to apply in each term. If you miss the deadline, you may apply for the following semester's graduation. 

Application Deadlines

Term Deadline to apply Dates Diplomas mailed
Summer July 6 October 15
Fall October 1 February 15
Spring March 1 September 15
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Transcripts from other institutions

Official copies of transcripts from other institutions must be received in the Admissions & Records Office prior to the graduation application deadline. Your application for graduation will not be accepted if your transcripts are not on file. If your last units will be taken at another college, please note this on your Application for Graduation. You will need to request an official transcript after the semester grades are posted. All units recorded on transcripts from other colleges are factored in with Mission College units for a total cumulative GPA at graduation.

Student Catalog Rights

Students have the right to graduate under the terms of any of the catalogs that are published while in continuous enrollment prior to eligibility for graduation. Continuous enrollment is defined as the period of time in which a student’s record reflects completion of at least one course, for one semester or term during a given catalog (academic) year, from the time of original enrollment. A student who has a break in attendance must use the catalog that is in effect at the time of readmission. Nursing students must follow the nursing handbook of the year they were accepted into the program.

AA/AS Degree Requirements

 Students must complete the AA/AS degree requirements, along with the requirements in a defined major for a minimum total of 60 units (all the units must be degree applicable). Of the total units completed, 12 units must be at Mission College (residency units), with a degree applicable grade point average of 2.0 or higher. All units recorded on transcripts from other colleges are factored in with Mission College units for a total cumulative GPA at graduation.

NOTE: Students with a GPA below 2.0 may not apply for graduation.

AAT/AST Degree Requirements

Students must complete either the CSU GE (California State University General Education Breadth Requirements) or IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum Requirements for students transferring to CSU or UC), along with the requirements in a defined major for a minimum of 60 units (all units must be transferable units). Of the total units completed, 12 units must be at Mission College (residency units), with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. All units recorded on transcripts from other colleges are factored in with Mission College units for a total GPA at graduation.

 NOTE: Students with a GPA below 2.0 may not apply for graduation.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Students must complete the requirements listed for the Certificate of Achievement, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (all units must be degree applicable).