May 14, 2020

CCD Commencement Celebration

Stay Tuned for 2021 Commencement Details

Information regarding the 2021 commencement ceremonies will be updated at

Grad Celebration is live at 

You may know, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to make the hard decision to cancel CCD’s in-person 2020 Commencement Ceremony scheduled for May 14. While we share our graduates’ disappointment, we do not want your achievements to go unrecognized, so we have come up with alternate plans to help you celebrate. 

CCD’s Commencement Committee has decided to offer our graduates a virtual celebration webpage that will be live on May 14th! As part of this webpage, CCD will: 

  • Post a viewable/printable commencement program 
  • Share short videos from faculty and staff to students offering congratulations to grads 
  • Share social media posts from our community using the hashtag #CCDGrads2020

We know how important it is for many of you to physically walk across the graduation stage, so, we are inviting all our 2020 graduates to walk in the May 2021 ceremony to celebrate your accomplishments with us next year.   

Read the letter from President Freeman from March 25, 2020.

Degrees and Certificates will be awarded at the end of the spring term for all who have submitted a Graduation Application (or Graduation Application and Department Chair Review for AAS and Certificate completers) and who successfully complete their program of study requirements.

We will begin posting the awards in the computer student information system after the semester is completed and grades post (May 16).  When an award has been made it will appear on the unofficial transcript in CCDConnect.  Once the award appears on the unofficial transcript an official transcript can be ordered which provides documentation of completion.  Diplomas are typically printed after all awarding for the semester has been completed.  The awarding process usually takes 7-8 weeks after the completion of the term so spring diplomas are typically mailed the first week of July.  The timeline for diplomas this semester will be dependent upon when staff can return to campus as this is not a project which can be done remotely.

Purchasing Caps and Gowns

If you would like to purchase a cap and gown for photos, our vendor is Balfour. CCD typically uses purple caps and gowns with a purple and gold tassel, a link to purchase is here.  Please note: We are inviting 2020 graduates to participate in the May 13, 2021, ceremony.  If you think you might participate in the 2021 ceremony, you should purchase your cap and gown from Balfour, so you’ll already own the correct gown.  Another option is to search online for ‘Commencement Caps and Gowns’ and purchase one from another online vendor.