For Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees, we have over 70 majors. For these degrees, students are required to complete a Certificate of Achievement to fulfill their major requirement. The list of certificates can be found at http://www.pasadena.edu/cte/ca.cfm.
For Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees, we currently have 19 with the following areas of emphasis:
For Associate Degrees for Transfer (A.A.-T. & A.S.-T.), we currently have 13 majors:
For more information on A.A.-T. & A.S.-T. degrees, please go to http://www.pasadena.edu/academicprograms/degree-addendum.cfm
For the Associate in Arts Degree, you may follow the IGETC, CSU, or Traditional A.A. GE requirements. For the AA-T and AS-T, you may follow the IGETC (for CSU) or CSU GE requirements. For the Traditional Associate in Science Degree, you will need to use the Traditional A.S. GE requirement. On the Traditional A.A. and A.S. GE requirements, you will find there is a competency requirement called Diversity. The Diversity requirement may double count with other GE areas (A-E) on the Traditional A.A. and A.S. GE requirement sheets.
You may request a graduation check online at the following link: Preliminary Graduation Check Request or at the front Counseling Counter at L-104 (you do not need to stand in line for this request); however you must meet the following requirements:
If you qualify to graduate, the counseling office will contact you to return to sign your graduation petition. If you do not qualify yet, we will provide a check list of classes you still need.
OR in person with a counseling appointment.
Please go to: http://www.pasadena.edu/studentservices/counseling/appointment.cfm to find out our hours and procedures in making a counseling appointment.
If you have credits from another college, you can only apply for graduation during a counseling appointment.
We graduate students 3 times per year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Once you register for your final semester, you may apply for graduation. Graduation deadlines are posted in the academic calendar at http://www.pasadena.edu/calendar/academic-cal.cfm. Deadlines are usually in September for Fall, January for Spring, and June for Summer.
UC’s, CSU’s, and most universities in California do not require an Associate degree for admission. Only CSU’s give admission and graduation incentives for students with an AA-T/AS-T degree in their admitted major. However, some out-of-state or private institutions may require an Associate degree, please check with those institutions.
No, you might not need to see a counselor to get a degree if all your college credits were completed at PCC. You will need to have all the requirements completed by the end of the term you are applying. For example, if you are applying for Spring graduation, you must complete all your requirements by the end of that Spring semester.
Please refer to question #3 above to find out how to apply for graduation.
If you are receiving financial aid and are planning on attending next semester at PCC, please wait to apply for graduation during your final semester at PCC (unless you have completed over 90 units at PCC). Receiving an Associate degree may impact your financial aid (at PCC only) but has NO impact on the Fee Waiver. If you are transferring, an Associate degree does not affect your financial aid at the university.
For students who started at PCC Fall 2009 and after OR who have elected to receive post Fall 2009 degrees, you may have multiple A.A. degrees and one A.S. degree..
For students who started at PCC prior to Fall 2009 and have maintained continuous enrollment, you may have one A.A. degree and multiple A.S. degrees.
You can only have rights to pre-Fall 2009 or post-Fall 2009 rights, not both.
Yes, you must send an official transcript to the Records Office (L113). After you have completed 15 units of coursework at PCC, you should ask a counselor to submit a transcript evaluation request. You may also make a transcript evaluation request through online counseling at: http://www.pasadena.edu/studentServices/counseling/online.cfm.
You may be able to use your credits from another country. However, you are required to have your foreign transcripts (Academic Records) evaluated by one of the 3 approved evaluation agencies. Once we receive the official evaluation results and you have completed 15 units at PCC, PCC evaluators will complete a second evaluation for graduation credits.
For those students who are planning to transfer to the university, please see a counselor before applying for a transcript evaluation. Most universities have their own evaluators who evaluate foreign transcripts. Transcript evaluation is not necessary if you are transferring to a university.
Once a student submits a request, it will be given to a counselor to complete the graduation check. Please allow 10 business days to process. Once the graduation check is completed, our counseling staff will contact you to return to L-104 to receive results.
If you have not heard from us after 10 business days, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your graduation petition will be forwarded to a Graduation Evaluator for a second review. If there is a problem with your graduation requirements, you will be contacted by mail. If there are no other missing requirements, you will not receive any notices. After your grades are posted for that semester, a final review will be done and your degree will be posted on your PCC transcript. The diploma will be mailed to you approximately 3 months after the term ends.
In April, you will receive graduation commencement information by mail. If you are interested in participating in the June Commencement (once a year), please follow the instructions to rent your cap and gown.
You will receive a letter by mail from the Graduation Evaluator stating your missing requirements. Once you enroll in the course again, you will need to reapply for graduation.
You are not required to attend the ceremony; however we highly encourage you to attend and invite your family and friends to celebrate your achievements at PCC.
No, the graduation application and diploma is free.