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Graduation Information

You should apply for graduation once you have enrolled in the final courses you need for your degree or certificate.

File an application for graduation with the college from which you plan to graduate. Even if you have finished your official degree plan, filling out the application for graduation is the only way to ensure you receive your certificate or diploma.

This form informs the college when you will be completing your degree or certificate, and how you would like your name to appear on your diploma or certificate of completion.

If you have met all TSI requirements, degree/certificate and graduation requirements (including up-to-date copies of transcripts from all colleges attended outside the DCCCD), you will be awarded your degree or certificate of completion at the end of the appropriate term.

Twenty-five percent (25%) of the total credit hours within your degree or certificate must be completed at the college awarding the degree or certificate.

For more detailed information about degree and certificate requirements for graduation, see the catalog.

The best time to apply for graduation is during the semester you intend to complete your coursework (or be within 9 credit hours of completion). This means that you have met (or are in the process of meeting) all TSI requirements, degree/certificate, and graduation requirements. Graduation applications should be submitted by the District submission deadline listed below.

Term Application Timeline and Deadline

If you miss the application deadline, you will be asked to apply for graduation the following semester. Note: each college may graduate current and former students who have met all requirements with or without a student’s permission.

Fall 2018

April 17-Sept. 28

Spring 2019

Nov. 20-March 1

Summer 2019

April 23-May 31

Ready to Graduate?

Students who are receiving advising from the following areas: TRIO-SSS, CEVSS, ELLA, T Building (Career and Technical Programs), or K Building (Education)
Please schedule a graduation check appointment directly with your assigned advisor.

All other students please:

Schedule an Appointment  

2018 Eastfield College Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 5, 2018

Doors open at 3:30 p.m.
Ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m.

Graduates will enter through the Conference Center on the lower level of the Curtis Culwell Center.  Graduates must pass through a metal detector and purses and bags will be inspected.  You will be asked to return any restricted items to your vehicle.

Guests will not be allowed to use the Conference Center entrance and will not be allowed in the graduate check-in area.

**Graduates who arrive late will not be able to participate in the procession to the arena or seated with other graduates.

Information regarding the proper wearing of your cap and gown has been provided on the Commencement web page. Personal belongings should be left with your family or in the trunk of your car.  Belongings may not be left in the Ballroom during the ceremony.  The only article you will carry into the ceremony will be your name card.  Cameras and cell phones must be turned off and put away during the ceremony.

Please thoroughly read all of the information on the enclosed guest information sheet and share this information with your guests.  In order for the ceremony to be enjoyable for all who attend, it is important that your guests are made aware of the services that the Curtis Culwell Center has to offer as well as the rules and restrictions.

Each guest, including children, must have a ticket.  Graduates do not need a ticket.  Graduates will be given up to 10 tickets for their guests.  Children under the age of three will not need a ticket if they will be sitting on a lap during the ceremony.   Please return any extra tickets to our office, C-238. 

Parking is free for the graduates and all guests.

A professional photographer will be taking individual photos of the graduates crossing the stage as well as backstage. Photo packages will be available for purchase. A brochure from FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY regarding the photography services and prices will be provided.

Videos of the ceremony can be ordered at the ceremony. 

If you are unable to attend the ceremony, please notify the Office of Student Engagement and Retention (OSER) at 4OSER@dcccd.edu as soon as possible and return your guest tickets to C-238 so that they are available for other graduates to use.

A glass-walled room, located at the top of the seating area, will be available for families with young children to go for a break.  You will be able to watch and hear the ceremony from monitors while in the family room.  Children may not be left unattended.  The entrance to the family room is on the upper concourse level.

The Curtis Culwell Center Concession Stand will be open beginning at 3:30 p.m., selling drinks, snacks, hot dogs, and nachos.  Please note:  NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED IN THE CURTIS CULWELL CENTER.

Seats in the lower level of Section 114 will be reserved for guests who wish to view the sign language interpreter in close proximity during the ceremony.  There will be an interpreter on the stage throughout the duration of the ceremony.

Your purses and bags will be inspected.  Balloons, tripods, air horns, and confetti are among the list of restricted items.  YOU WILL BE ASKED TO RETURN ANY RESTRICTED ITEMS TO YOUR VEHICLE.

The following items are NOT allowed in the CCC:

  • Food or beverages of any kind (including bottled waters and/or snacks)

*Concessions will be offered at all graduations.

  • Flowers
  • Signs, banners, placards, or mortarboards
  • Balloons, beach balls, Frisbees, bubbles, silly string, glitter, confetti, or laser pens
  • Bullhorns, air horns, or any artificial noisemakers
  • Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives)
  • Animals
  • Monopods and tripods
  • Wrapped gifts
  • Umbrellas