Student Information

To help you prepare for this exciting milestone, please take a moment to complete the following steps listed below.

2019 Commencement Ceremonies Schedule

The 112th Commencement Ceremonies are scheduled for the evening of Monday, May 20th, at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. 

Two ceremonies will take place. Please plan accordingly based on the degree being conferred. 

More information will be shared closer to the ceremonies.


Graduation vs. Commencement

A student graduates upon completion of all academic requirements as recorded on an official transcript. The diploma marks recognition of the degree the student has earned. 

Note: Only eligible graduating students have the opportunity to participate in commencement.

Graduation Fee

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.

Should you choose to participate in the commencement ceremony, the college is committed to celebrating new alums by covering the costs of the ceremony and reception including gown and tam rentals provided to every eligible graduating student.



The Commencement Ceremony has no rehearsal.


Diplomas were designed by faculty and alum Michael Vanderbyl. The Student Records Office mails diplomas via certified mail to the domestic address submitted on the WebAdvisor Graduation Information Screen.

Diplomas cannot be mailed internationally; therefore, students must make special delivery arrangements themselves to have their signed diplomas sent outside the United States.

Diplomas and official transcripts are available only to those graduating students who have met all academic requirements and deadlines and whose financial account with the college is in good standing.

All borrowed publications, equipment, or supplies must be returned to the lending office or program, including ceremonial tams, gowns, and hoods (for master's degree recipients).

Diploma Frames

We are pleased to offer CCA diploma frames that are gray and black and include a gold embossing of the college's name. Framing Success was chosen as the college's provider for its ongoing commitment to the environment.

A variety of styles are offered, and all hardwood frames are made with Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®)-certified wood from well-managed forests. The unique custom frame design allows for easy document insertion, so there’s no need to send your diploma.

Order your CCA Diploma Frame »

Class Rings

Students can now display their accomplishments with college rings from Herff Jones. There are numerous combinations that allow you to customize your class ring to be reflective of your accomplishments while at CCA.

Order your CCA class ring »

Resources for Graduates

Career Development
Career Development makes available valuable student and alumni professional services that embody the college's goal to equip students and alumni with the confidence and tools to assert themselves, their work, and their roles as cultural leaders in the world.

Career Development »

International Student Affairs and Programs (ISAP)
International students with F-1 status may be eligible to seek permission to work in the United States for up to 12 months beyond graduation. If interested in applying, contact the ISAP Office as soon as possible.

International Student Affairs and Programs »

Alumni Association
Graduating students automatically become members of the CCA Alumni Association. Membership benefits include social, networking, and career opportunities as well as access to campus libraries.