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Commencement vs. Graduation

Commencement is the ceremony to celebrate students who successfully completed all degree requirements. Cypress College’s annual commencement is scheduled at the end of each spring semester.

Visit our Commencement Central webpage.

Graduation is the act of receiving a diploma or degree from a school, college, or university. Cypress College confers degree and certificates to students who have officially and successfully completed all degree requirements, including an application to graduate.


Students planning to earn degrees/certificates should file an application to graduate during the semester in which they will complete their requirements.

Deadlines for Degrees & Certificates

The applications for degrees and certificates will be available to students from Monday, April 29, 2023 to Thursday, June 13, 2024.

April 29, 2024:

  • First day to apply for summer 2024 graduation
  • First day to apply for summer 2024 certificate of achievement

June 13, 2024:

  • Deadline to apply for summer 2024 graduation
  • Deadline to apply for summer 2024 certificate of achievement

Submitting Your Completed Application

Applications for degrees and certificates must be submitted online via the following electronic forms:

AA/AS Degrees, Associates for Transfer (ADT), University for Transfer (UCT)Apply for AA/AS, ADT, UCT
Bachelor’s DegreeApply for Bachelor’s Degree
Certificate of AchievementApply for Certificate of Achievement
CSU GE Breadth and IGETC Application
(No deadline; this application is not required if you have already applied for an ADT or UCT.)
Apply for CSU GE, IGETC

Please note that students must use their myGateway credentials to access the forms above.