Graduation is the official process of earning a degree or certificate that students can achieve any quarter of the academic year. Commencement is the annual event in June where we celebrate our graduates’ accomplishments along with family, faculty and staff, and the community.

On this page you'll find deadlines and steps to apply for graduation and information on receiving your diplomas.

Important Notice: Students must apply for graduation no later than May 13, 2024 to ensure your name appears in the printed commencement program!

Apply for Graduation

The graduation application submission deadlines are listed below:

Graduation TermGraduation Application OpensGraduation Application Submission DeadlineDiplomas Available
Fall 2023May 15th, 2023Nov 15th, 2023End of January
Winter 2024October 16th, 2023Feb 21st, 2024End of April
Spring 2024January 17th, 2024May 13th, 2024End of July
Summer 2024April 12th, 2024July 19th, 2024End of August

If you missed an open graduation application term, please contact your advisor/counselor or a completion coach.

Please follow these steps in order to complete the graduation application process:

  1. Apply to graduate through the ctcLink Student Self-Service Portal. For step-by-step help, please view the instructions on how to apply.
  2. Your advisor/counselor will review your graduation application. When your advisor/counselor has approved your application, the approval will show in your Academic Records tile under “View My Milestones”.
    • You will be contacted only if there are issues with your graduation application.
  3. Pass your final classes! Graduation application processing begins after grades have been posted to student transcripts.
    • You will only be contacted during the process if there are questions.
  4. Update your mailing address through the Student Self-Service. You can follow the instructions here.
  5. Your graduation status will be updated in the Academic Progress tile in your ctcLink Student Homepage. You will also receive updates through your ctcLink Message Center.
  6. Order your official transcript if you need it to be sent to you or to another school/institution.
  7. Visit our Commencement Ceremony page for more information about how you can participate in the annual Seattle Colleges commencement celebration.