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Graduation From Cascadia

Getting ready to finish your degree and graduate? Congratulations! Follow these steps to make sure you are ready for the big day!

Apply for Graduation

The last step in completing your degree or certificate program is to apply for graduation. Cascadia College does not automatically award your degree once you complete your requirements. You must apply for graduation to receive your diploma.

To help ensure you are ready to graduate, you must meet with an Academic Advisor to review your program and degree requirements. You will complete the graduation application together at this appointment. This should be done the quarter before you plan to graduate.

There are three ways to connect with an advisor*:

  1. Stop by our Drop-In Zoom Hours
  2. Use the Appointment Request Form to schedule an in-person or online appointment
  3. Email advising@cascadia.edu

*International students on F-1 visa must meet with an International Student Advisor to review your program and degree requirements. Email international@cascadia.edu to schedule an appointment.

Graduation Application FAQ

How do I apply for graduation?

First make sure you are close to completing all your requirements for the degree you are seeking. (Use CTCLink to review your academic progress.) Then meet with an academic advisor who will use a degree worksheet to check that all of your requirements have been met and you will complete the graduation application together at that time.

When should I apply for graduation?

You should apply for graduation the QUARTER BEFORE you are going to finish all the requirements for your degree program. For example, if you are planning to graduate in the Winter quarter, apply at the beginning of the Fall quarter.

How do I know if I’m eligible to graduate?

To be eligible to graduate a student must:

  • Achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for courses taken at Cascadia or transferred in.
  • Complete a minimum of 25 credits at Cascadia that apply to the degree or certificate.
  • Complete the minimum number of credits needed to fulfill the degree requirements for the degree that you are earning.
    • Minimum of 90 credits
      • Bachelor of Applied Science – Mobile Applications, Bachelor of Applied Science - Sustainable Practices, Associate in Biology, Associate in Business, Associate in Integrated Studies, Associate in Pre-Nursing, Associate in Science – Track 1, Associate in Science – Track 2, Associate in Applied Science – Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices, Associate in Applied Science – Homeland Security/Emergency Management, Associate in Applied Science – Networking Infrastructure Technology, Associate in Applied Science – Web Applications Programming Technology
    • Minimum of 101 credits
      • Associate in Science – Transfer Track 2 (Computer and Electrical Engineering)
    • Minimum of 103 credits
      • Associate in Science – Transfer Track 2 (Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering)
    • Minimum of 107 credits
      • Associate in Science – Transfer Track 2 (Mechanical, Civil, Aeronautical, Industrial, Materials Science)
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to the college.

What if I am a CCF (College and Career Foundations) student graduating from the HS+ program?

Meet with the CCF advisor to confirm that you are ready to graduate and to submit your graduation application.

I missed the deadline to apply. What can I do?

You should still apply, but there is no guarantee you will be able to graduate the quarter you requested. Our evaluator will let you know if you can graduate the quarter you requested. If your application cannot be processed for that quarter, your degree will be posted to your transcript the following quarter.

Where do I find the link to the graduation application?

You must complete the graduation application with an Academic Advisor during drop-ins or a scheduled appointment. Plan to meet with an advisor the quarter before you plan to graduate.

Will I receive a response to my graduation application?

Yes. The credentials evaluator will notify you by email after your final quarter if your application is approved or denied.

May I also receive a high school diploma from Cascadia?

If you do not already have a high school diploma, you may request one on the graduation application. If requested, once you complete an Associate degree at Cascadia, you will also receive a Washington State high school diploma.

What is the difference between graduation and commencement?

Graduation is the application and evaluation process you go through to have your degree posted to your transcript. Commencement is an annual ceremony where we honor your academic accomplishments. The commencement ceremony takes place at the end of Spring Quarter and all graduates of that year (Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer Quarters) are welcome.

I did not graduate. What do I do next?

Make an appointment with an advisor to discuss your academic plan and next steps.

What if I want to change the quarter I want to graduate?

You will need to meet with an academic advisor to submit a new graduation application. You can meet with an Academic Advisor during drop-ins or a scheduled appointment.

Why can’t I use the “apply for graduation” feature in CTCLink?

Currently, the Apply for Graduation feature in CTCLink is not ready for use. Please meet with an Academic Advisor either during drop-ins or a scheduled appointment to fill out a graduation application.

Why isn’t the CTCLink academic progress tile showing all my classes?

At this time, the Academic Progress tile on the Student Homepage may not display accurate information. We are working to update this feature to better serve our students. If you have questions about your classes you can meet with an Academic Advisor during drop-ins or a scheduled appointment.

For additional questions regarding graduation academic requirements or the graduation application, please contact advising@cascadia.edu

Get your Diploma

Congratulations! You have completed all your academic requirements, graduated, and perhaps attended the Cascadia College Commencement Ceremony. Your degree will be posted to your official transcript and your diploma will be mailed to you.

Diploma FAQ

When will I receive my diploma?

Your diploma will be mailed to the address you provided on the graduation application about 8 weeks after the quarter ends. Diplomas mailed to international addresses will take longer. If you have not received your diploma after 8- 12 weeks, please send an inquiry to evaluator@cascadia.edu

May I also receive a high school diploma from Cascadia?

If you do not already have a high school diploma, you may request one on the graduation application. If requested, once you complete an Associate degree at Cascadia, you will also receive a Washington State high school diploma.

I lost my diploma/it arrived damaged. Can I request a duplicate diploma?

Please complete the Diploma Replacement Order Form. Replacement diplomas will be sent out at the same time as the diplomas for the graduates from the quarter in which you place your request. Diplomas are mailed out approximately 8 weeks (about 2 months) after the end of the quarter.

How soon will my degree be posted to my transcript after graduation?

Degree information is typically posted on your transcript within 3 – 4 weeks after your graduation application has been processed.

How do I order an official transcript with the degree posted?

Visit us online at www.cascadia.edu > Student Toolbox > Transcripts – and follow the prompts on the National Student Clearinghouse website.

Please note: The US Postal Service is experiencing an unprecedented volume increase and limited employee availability. We are also seeing delays with international mail, including instances where some countries are not accepting mail for certain periods of time. We ask if you are requesting a transcript be mailed, please allow for additional time and processing when considering deadlines. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.

What is the difference between graduation and commencement?

Graduation is the application and evaluation process you go through to have your degree posted to your transcript. Commencement is an annual ceremony where we honor your academic accomplishments. The ceremony takes place at the end of Spring Quarter and all graduates of that year from Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer Quarters are welcome.

Have more questions?

For questions regarding graduation academic requirements or the graduation application, please contact advising@cascadia.edu

For questions regarding the commencement ceremony, please contact commencement@cascadia.edu

For questions regarding diploma or transcripts, please contact evaluator@cascadia.edu

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