Notification of expected term of graduation is sent to all students entering their last year of enrollment at CCA. This notification is sent to the students' CCA email account.
Seniors are asked to respond to this notification by confirming their graduation term or discuss any discrepancies with Student Records. Notifications regarding the commencement ceremony and receipt of diploma are dependent on the student's response to Student Records.
Unit Requirement for Commencement
Students who have graduated at the end of the fall term, or who are intending to complete all degree requirements in the spring term, are automatically eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. A special exception can be made allowing students who are within 6 units of graduation to attend commencement early, if they have a demonstrated plan to complete their final units in the upcoming summer or fall term. Students with 6 or less units remaining to complete their degree who would like to participate in the current year's commencement ceremony should contact the Student Records office.
Final Graduation Check
Undergraduates must have a cumulative CCA GPA of 2.0 or higher to be eligible to graduate from CCA. Degrees are posted on the student's transcript once all grades have been received and the Student Records Office has conducted a final graduation check. Students who do not pass this final check will be notified by mail of any outstanding requirements.
Academic Honors at Graduation
CCA awards academic honors of Distinction and High Distinction at graduation for BA, BFA, and BArch candidates. Distinction is automatically awarded to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and can also be awarded by program faculty nomination. High Distinction is awarded by program faculty nomination only.
Graduation vs. Commencement
Commencement is often referred to as "graduation" but it is different. Commencement is the celebratory experience (e.g. ceremony, exhibition, student speaker selection process, etc.) The celebration are for students who are expected to completed all of their academic requirements by the end of the academic year. Commencement experience is overseen by the Commencement Planning Committee.
Graduation means the student has officially completed all of their academic requirements as recorded on an official transcript. Students receive a diploma in recognition of the degree the student has earned from CCA. Graduation process is overseen by Student Records.
The graduation fee is $100. This is a one-time fee that applies whether or not you choose to attend the commencement ceremony. The fee covers the administrative process of your graduation form and the printing and certified mailing of your diploma.