Congratulations! You are nearing graduation. To start the process, you must first apply to graduate.
Graduation Application and Deadlines
One Semester Prior to Your Graduation:
- Review the graduation requirements and contact counseling if you have any questions.
- Complete an Application for Graduation Form and return it to the Success Center (second floor of the Student Center), mail it to the JCCC Records office, or fax it to 913-469-2300. If your Application for Graduation was previously denied, you must reapply.
- Use the Major Codes List to find the 4-digit code for your major. Multiple major codes can be listed on one form.
- If you have changed your name or address, it is critical to submit a Name/Address Change Request Form to Admissions prior to applying for graduation.
- Make sure you have submitted transcripts from all undergraduate colleges and universities attended. Transcripts are usually submitted during the JCCC admission process. You only need to resend these transcripts if additional coursework has been completed.
Graduation Application Deadlines:
- June 15 for summer graduation - Commencement will be held in the spring.
- October 15 for fall graduation - Commencement will be held in the spring.
- February 15 for spring graduation - The graduation commencement ceremony is held at the end of the spring semester once a year.
Degree and Certificate Diploma Mailing - All diplomas are mailed within five weeks after the semester ends. Be sure to have your correct address on file with the Admissions.
Graduation Appeal Process
If you have missed the deadline to apply for graduation, you may attempt to appeal the deadline by submitting a Graduation Appeal Form. This form must be turned in with your late Application for Graduation Form and does not take the place of the application form. Print and complete these forms on the Web or pick them up in the Success Center, second floor of Student Center.
Graduation Verification Process
- When an Application for Graduation is received in the Records office, an initial verification will be completed to ensure degree and/or certificate requirements will be satisfied.
- A letter will be sent to the student once the verification is complete. If you do not receive a letter, please contact the Admissions office to verify your mailing address.
- A student's degree and/or certificate status will be recorded on a student's permanent transcript once grades have been posted and a final verification is done to ensure that all graduation requirements have been completed.
Complete Your Degree After Transferring
JCCC students who transfer to another college prior to completing an associate’s degree may transfer credits back to JCCC to complete their degree. Please review the graduation requirement rules.
Students who have lost their original certificate or diploma may order one duplicate copy at no cost. Complete the Duplicate Diploma form and return it to the Records Office.
Posthumous Degrees and Certificates
If a deceased student was very close to earning a degree or certificate, in special cases the degree may be awarded posthumously. Normally, the student would be within one semester (i.e. within 18 credits for an undergraduate degree) of completing the requirements for the degree at the time of death. Requests for posthumous degrees or certificates must be approved by the appropriate academic department and the Registrar.