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Graduation Information

Graduation is the certifying of degrees and certificates. Graduation takes place three times each year. Fall graduation in January, Spring graduation in May, and Summer graduation in late August or early September.

Commencement is the annual ceremony Cape Cod Community College holds for the graduates it certifies throughout the year. The Commencement ceremony is currently held in late May at the Cape Cod Melody Tent.

Your name will appear in the Commencement Program for that academic year if you submitted your degree application prior to the deadline and have met all requirements for graduation.

You can find detailed information regarding security, ADA needs, cap and gowns, arrival, seating and all graduate activities through the Office of Student Engagement:

Please Note: All diplomas will be mailed within 4–6 weeks of the Spring Commencement Ceremony, Fall (January) and Summer (August/September) graduation dates.

  • Diplomas are ordered three times a year, at the end of each term upon confirmation of each potential graduate as a graduate.
  • The diploma folder given to each graduate as they walk the Commencement stage will have a note about when to expect diplomas to be mailed.
  • Diplomas are mailed 4–6 weeks after each graduation and Commencement to the address on file in our student information system. Please verify that your address is correct.

    If not, file a Change of Student Biographical Data. Complete this form for an address, legal name or other personal information change. Legal proof of a name change is required. For security and legal purposes, a legal document, such as a marriage license, divorce decree, adoption papers, certificate of name change at naturalization, or other court order indicating change of name, must be presented or attached to the Office of the Registrar.
  • There is a $20 fee for each Replacement Diploma Request that is ordered after the original has been sent. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for additional information.

Degrees and Certificates are posted to academic transcripts within 10–14 business days after final grades are posted and following Commencement.

Academic Transcripts that were requested to be held for degree posting are mailed within 10–14 business days following Commencement or Graduation dates.

When to Apply

  • Fall (January) – Priority deadline to file intent is October 1
  • Spring (May) – Priority deadline to file intent is February 1
  • Summer (August/September) – Priority deadline to file intent is June 1

How to Apply

  • Obtain the  from your Advisor or the Office of the Registrar.
  • Fulfill all requirements prior to the graduation application deadline (i.e. submitted all official transcripts: prior institutions, CLEP scores, Advanced Placement, Challenge Exams, military, etc.)
  • Complete or be currently enrolled in all coursework required for your degree and/or certificate.
  • Verify that your mailing address is current and that your program of study and matriculation year is accurate.
  • Meet with an Advisor to review your degree audit and to verify that you have met or will meet your degree requirements including a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
  • Once you submit your application, an official degree audit and review of curriculum requirements will occur to certify your eligibility for graduation.

Special Note for Students Allowed to "Walk" Commencement: If you applied to graduate and it was found that you were missing three to four credits of meeting program requirements, you may be allowed to "walk" in the Commencement Ceremony. You must resubmit the  by the priority deadline published for the semester in which you complete your degree requirements. The review of curriculum requirements will again occur to certify your eligibility for graduation.

If you received any financial aid, please check with the Financial Aid Office or your lender regarding completing exit loan counseling at and your responsibilities.

If you are seeking employment, you may also contact Career Resources for assistance with resumes, interviewing tips, and other job search resources.

The Office of the Registrar extends congratulations to our recent graduates and wishes each of you all the best in your future plans!

To take advantage of the benefits and resources of being an alumni member, please connect with the Alumni Network for more information.


Office of the Registrar
Location Nickerson Administration Building, First Floor
Hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30am–4:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am–7:00pm
Phone 774.330.4711 and 774.330.4712
Fax 508.375.4084