Graduation & Commencement

Graduation Applications

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 who have graduated at the end of the fall term, or who are intending to complete all degree requirements in the spring term, are automatically eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. A special exception can be made allowing students who are within 6 units of graduation to attend commencement early, if they have a demonstrated plan to complete their final units in the upcoming summer or fall term. Students with 6 or less units remaining to complete their degree who would like to participate in the current year's commencement ceremony should contact the Student Records office.

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.

Graduation Rates

The graduation rate for first-time new students who matriculated in fall 2011 and graduated by spring 2017 is 58 percent.