BIG BEND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Applying for Graduation
Steps to receiving your degree and your diploma on time:
• Meet with your advisor regularly to make sure you are on track to graduate.
• You must apply for graduation to receive your degree, even if you do not plan to walk in the
commencement ceremony. The best time to apply is immediately after you register for your final
quarter and no later than the posted deadline (see Important Dates on the BBCC webpage under
Academics → Quarterly Class Schedule). Degrees will not be backdated to prior quarters.
• Workforce Education students must turn in a signed Program Plan with their Application for
Graduation form. See your advisor for details.
• After reviewing your academic records, the Credentials Evaluator will send you an email letting you
know of any unmet degree requirements.
• Your degree will be posted to your transcript approximately 2-3 weeks after the end of the current
quarter, if you have completed all of your degree requirements. If you have any unmet requirements,
we will keep your application on file for up to 1 year and check your records each quarter to see if your
degree requirements have been met. Your degree will then be posted effective the quarter in which
you complete all of the requirements. After 1 year, you must submit a new Application for Graduation
form and a new Program Plan, if applicable.
• In May all recent graduates and those who have applied for graduation will receive a letter from the
Student Activities office with information about the commencement ceremony in June. The letter
contains information on the date, time, location, and how to order your cap and gown and invitations.
• Diplomas are not distributed at the commencement ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to the address
provided on your Application for Graduation approximately 10-12 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
• Honors recognition at the commencement ceremony is finalized 2 weeks prior to the event. For those
who have already received their degree, honors have been noted on your transcript and are based on
your cumulative GPA when your degree was awarded. For those whose degrees have not yet been
awarded, honors recognition will be based on your current cumulative GPA as shown on your official