Graduation & Commencement Information

Submitting a Graduation Application

The graduation application submission deadlines are listed below:

Graduation Term Graduation Application Opens Graduation Application Submission Deadline Diploma Mailing Schedule
Fall 2021 May 15th, 2021 November 15th, 2021 End of January
Winter 2022 October 15th, 2021 February 15th, 2022 End of April
Spring 2022 January 15th, 2022 May 15th, 2022 End of July

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. After your degree is posted, your graduation status will be updated to “Degree Awarded”. Your diploma or certificate will be mailed to the mailing address listed on your profile.
    • We cannot provide tracking information.
    • If the diploma is undeliverable and sent back to South, we will email you to confirm your address and send again.
  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.