Graduation & Commencement
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 must be an official candidate for graduation in order to participate in the commencement ceremony. Records indicate that a large number of students who walk at graduation with units remaining do not complete their degree requirements.
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.
The graduation rate for first-time new students who matriculated in fall 2006 and graduated by spring 2012 is 44 percent.
San Francisco campus address
1111 Eighth Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Oakland campus address
Oakland, CA 94618
Crime Reports: Oakland & SF Campuses
To view a year-by-year comparison of crime statistics for either campus (three years back up to the previous year), follow these instructions:
- Visit U.S. Dept. of Education: Campus Safety & Security
- Click the text in RED in the upper right-hand corner
- Type "California College of the Arts" in the institution field (Note: Just the college name is sufficient)
- Hit enter or "Search"
- Select either San Francisco or Oakland campus
- Student Handbook