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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 program of study, 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.

You must complete 25% of the total credit hours within your degree or certificate at the college awarding the degree or certificate.

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

Diplomas and Certificates

Applying for graduation is not the same as registering to take part in commencement. You should have a Richland College Application for Certificate or Diploma form on file in our office in order to be awarded your certificate or degree. You can submit your Application for Certificate or Diploma online using the Graduation Application link located in the right hand column of this page.

**Richland College may award students who have met degree or certificate requirements with or without the student’s permission. This also includes former students.

If you plan to continue taking courses in any of the colleges of the DCCCD after you complete your degree and you wish to receive financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.

Commencement Ceremony

An annual commencement ceremony is held at the conclusion of the spring semester. Participation in commencement exercises is optional and ceremonial and is not a guarantee for receiving a certificate and/or degree. Students who complete or are targeted to complete their certificate/degree requirements in the Fall, Spring or Summer semester of that same academic year are eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony. Students who anticipate completing degrees or certificates in the summer should have six (6) hours or fewer remaining toward completion at the end of the spring semester to be eligible to attend the May commencement ceremony. You should notify the Admissions and Student Records Office if you wish to participate in the commencement ceremony.

The DCCCD has decided to postpone commencement ceremonies for the spring semester at each of our seven colleges until a later date. For more information, please visit the 2020 Commencement Ceremony page.

The 2020 Richland College Commencement Ceremony will be held on May 14, 2020 at the Curtis Culwell Center.