Candidates for baccalaureate degrees to be awarded at the end of a regular term must file applications with the Evaluations Office, inside Admissions and Records no later than the end of the second week of instruction of the quarter in which they expect to complete graduation requirements. No application will be accepted for summer session degrees after the end of the first week of instruction of the regular summer session.

All students are urged to apply for graduation at least one full quarter before they plan to graduate, because a reply to the application may take six to eight weeks. They may thus be notified prior to the registration period for their last quarter of any deficiencies in graduation requirements.

Diplomas are not distributed during commencement. Diplomas will be distributed upon completion and verification of degree requirements.

Diplomas will be mailed within four to six weeks after the date of graduation, or within two weeks from the actual degree award date. If you want to pick-up your diploma, indicate “pick-up” on your application for graduation. If you arrange for someone to pick up your diploma, he/she must have written authorization from you, and provide proper identification.

Proof of Graduation

Your official transcript with degree conferral date, not your diploma, is considered your official proof of graduation. Should you need proof of graduation for any reason before your diploma is released, you may fill out a Transcript Request Form and check “degree recorded” so your transcript will be released with degree conferral date.

Graduate with Honors

Honors at graduation are awarded to undergraduate students who have completed at least 60 residential units of letter grade work as part of their baccalaureate program. Honors awards take into account all courses taken at California State University, Bakersfield and other institutions of higher learning. The grade point averages (GPA) necessary for graduation with honors are as follows:

summa cum laude
3.9 to 4.0 GPA

magna cum laude
3.6 to 3.89 GPA

cum laude
3.3 to 3.59 GPA

Although the determinations of honors awards cannot be made until final grades are recorded and completion of graduation requirements is verified for all candidates; they are eligible to wear honors cords in the ceremonies.