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All candidates for graduation must file an Application for Graduation with the Records Office by the priority deadline indicated in the Academic Calendar for the semester the student intends to complete (typically the semester prior). Any application received after the deadline will be considered for the following completion cycle. Degree and Certificate completion cycles are May, August, and December of each year.

To ensure that students satisfy their graduation requirements, it is recommended that students complete the Graduation Application at least one semester prior to their anticipated completion semester. Please meet with your Academic Advisor and refer to your academic catalog for specific degree/certificate completion requirements. Please refer to the current academic calendar for priority deadlines or contact the Graduation Specialist at 520-494-5265.

Students may request a duplicate diploma and/or certificate for a duplication charge. The diploma and/or certificate will be stamped ‘Duplicate’. Refer to the tuition and fee schedule for current fees.

Commencement is held each May for students that complete during the August, December, and May graduation cycle. Students that are eligible for graduation will receive notification of ceremony participation approximately 5-6 weeks prior to the Spring ceremony.


Central Arizona College will host its traditional graduation ceremony for all Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 eligible graduates in the fall semester. Students will have the choice to attend a ceremony on December 9, 11, or 12, 2020. The ceremony will be held in keeping with social distancing measures and the health and safety of our graduates, their families, and CAC faculty and staff as our first priority. All decisions are tentative based on guidance solely on official reports from the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Pinal County Health Department.

More information with regard to the Fall 2020 graduation ceremony, including a video tribute from our Student Government Association, will be forthcoming.

Please note that while our graduation ceremonies will take place in December, all degree and certificate completions will be processed according to the standard completion cycles.

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