Graduation and Commencement

Commencement and the official awarding of degrees and certificates take place only at the conclusion of the spring semester. However, a student may fulfill graduation requirements at the conclusion of any semester or summer.

Students who intend to meet the requirements for graduation at the end of any semester or summer session must apply to graduate via MyCCP. Students should complete this application immediately after finalizing enrollment for all courses required to complete that degree or certificate program.

Community College of Philadelphia will grant degrees and academic certificates only to students who have earned at least 30 credit hours in residence for a degree and 15 credit hours for an academic certificate. Prior learning assessment can be counted towards the residency requirement. Students on active duty with the Armed Forces need to earn only 15 credits in residence for a degree.

Issuance of Diplomas

Degrees and certificates will be issued as soon as possible after the completion of the student's final semester/term.

Students who, in the opinion of the Office of Student Records and Registration, are reasonably sure of completing their degree or certificate requirements at the end of early summer term, have the option of attending the commencement ceremonies prior to the beginning of early summer term or those of the following spring.

Students who have completed their degree requirements by the end of the spring semester (or by the preceding academic year's fall semester or late summer term) will be invited to commencement ceremonies after the end of that spring semester. Students enrolled in curricula normally mandating attendance during late summer term to complete requirements will be permitted to attend commencement ceremonies just prior to the beginning of early summer term of that year only if given permission by the Executive Director of Enrollment Management Operations and Compliance.

Graduation Honors

The Commencement program and the degree will carry special designations for students who complete their work with outstanding academic records according to the following cumulative grade point averages:

3.2 - 3.49 Cum Laude
3.5 - 3.79 Magna Cum Laude3.8 - 4.0 Summa Cum Laude

Note: Commencement honors for the May commencement are based on the cumulative GPA on record at the end of the previous summer or fall semester.