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You've worked hard and are ready for your next step. Whether you are transferring to a university to finish your Bachelor’s degree or are stepping into a career, be sure to complete your time at PPCC by getting your diploma.

Drive-in Grad Walk Graduate Resources

Checklists, maps, and a student orientation video all about the Drive-in Grad Walk

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Commencement FAQs

Frequently asked questions for graduation, commencement festivities, and everything in between

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Commencement 2021

We are pleased to announce that we are moving forward with an in-person option for our Commencement Ceremony this spring. This year's festivities will include both a Drive-In Grad Walk and a Virtual Commencement Ceremony.

Our graduates will be invited to sign up for our very first Drive-In Grad Walk on Saturday, May 15. Students will arrive with their families in as many cars as they desire and follow directions to our staging area, which they will drive up to. The graduate will exit the vehicle, receive graduation materials, have their names read over a loudspeaker, have a photo taken, and walk across our staging area. Registration for this event is now closed.

The Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be released on May 29, 2021. It will include every other aspect of our traditional Commencement Ceremony, such as speeches from our executive and system leadership, video submissions from students and faculty, a keynote address, and much more. A virtual aspect may become a permanent part of the commencement tradition here at PPCC.

For more information, check out our Commencement FAQs below.​​

Below, students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit a commencement video to us for the Virtual Commencement Ceremony.

Drive-in Grad Walk Details Virtual Ceremony Details

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location: PPCC, Centennial Campus

Release Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021

Time: 10 a.m. 

Platform: TBD


Commencement FAQs

Drive-in Grad Walk Resources

Submit your virtual commencement video

Student Submission Faculty and Staff Submission

Apply for Your Degree or Certificate

You've worked hard, and are ready to graduate. To verify that you have completed all the required courses for your degree you'll need to apply for graduation.

1.     Meet with your advisor to make sure you’re on track to graduate.
a.     You must apply for graduation to receive your degree/certificate even if you don’t plan to participate in the commencement ceremony.
b.     The best time to apply for graduation is immediately after you register for your final semester and no later than the posted deadline.
                                               i.     Summer: July 15
                                              ii.     Fall: November 15
                                             iii.     Spring: March 15
2.     After reviewing your academic records, Graduation Evaluators will contact you at both your college-assigned student email and at the mailing address you include on your application for graduation to notify you of the results of your audit.
3.     Your degree/certificate will be posted to your transcript approximately 4 weeks after the end of the current semester. 
a.     Diplomas are not issued at the commencement ceremony. Diplomas and certificates will be mailed to the address provided on your application for graduation approximately 8 weeks after your degree is posted to your transcript. It is your responsibility to make sure the address you provide will be valid at that time.
b.     If you have unmet requirements, we will keep your application on file for one semester and check your records during that time to determine if the degree/certification requirements have been met.
c.      After one semester has passed and degree requirements remain unmet, you must re-apply for graduation.
4.     In April, all recent graduates and those who have applied for graduation by the posted deadlines will receive a letter from Student Life with information about the commencement ceremony, which occurs in May. 

This letter will have all the information on the date, time, location, and cap and gown ordering information, so please be on the lookout for it.
5.     Honors recognition at the commencement ceremony for students who are planning to graduate in spring and are also taking courses to fulfill the requirements of their degree/certification will be based on the preceding semester of attendance.
a.     Example 1: Student A has a CUM GPA of 3.4 at the end of fall semester and needs two classes to complete their degree/certificate. Student A applies for graduation and plans to attend the spring commencement ceremony. Student A finishes their spring classes with a 4.0. Student A will not receive recognition at the ceremony.
b.     Example 2: Student B has a CUM GPA of 3.5 at the end of fall semester and needs two classes to complete their degree/certificate. Student B applies for graduation and plans to attend the spring commencement ceremony. Student B finishes their spring classes with a 4.0. Student A will receive recognition at the ceremony.

Apply for Graduation

Application for Graduation 2021-2022

Deadlines to Apply for Graduation

The deadlines to apply for graduation are:

  • July 15th for Summer semester
  • November 15th for Fall semester
  • March 15th for Spring semester

2019 Graduation Photos

View and download 2019 graduation photos from PPCC Photographer Tom Kimmel.

View 2019 Photos

Contact Information.

Phone: 719-502-2000

Questions or Concerns