So, you've applied for your degree/s – now what? Here you'll find information about what to expect after you have applied for your degree/s. This information may vary depending on when you filed for your degree/s: Fall, Spring, or Summer.


Degree Process

  • Step 1: You have already submitted your degree petition with a counselor

    If you have not submitted your degree petition with a counselor, you may submit a degree petition online or during a counseling appointment

  • Step 2: Petition for your certificate (AS CTE degree Only)

    NOTE: this does not apply to the AA/AA-T/AS-T degrees and AS degrees (AS Business, AS Engineering (all emphases), AS Health Science, AS Natural Science, AS SLPA)Regardless of when you plan to file for your degree, make sure to file for your certificate of achievement through the Division if you are earning an Associate of Science CTE degree.

  • Step 3: Evaluator Review

    Your degree petition will be forwarded to your evaluator for a second review. If you are missing requirements or records, the evaluator will inform you through a letter sent to your mailing address listed in LancerPoint. If there are no issues with your degree petition, you will not receive any notification.

    If you have completed all your requirements, wait until your degree posts according to the timeline of your filed term (example: if you filed for your degree in Summer or Fall or Spring term). 

  • Step 4: Your degree will post on your transcript

    Pending final requirements:

    • Summer degrees will post in August/September
    • Fall degrees will post in January/February
    • Spring degrees will post June/July

    At that time, you may verify your degree(s) on your unofficial transcript in LancerPoint.

    *Please note this timeline may vary depending on various factors each semester. Submit a ticket to Admissions & Records for questions relating to posting and mailing of diploma(s).

  • Step 5: Your diploma will be mailed

    Diploma(s) will be mailed to your mailing address listed in LancerPoint in:

    • Summer diplomas will be mailed in November/December 
    • Fall diplomas will be mailed in April/May
    • Spring degrees will be mailed in October/November 

    *Please note this timeline may vary depending on various factors each semester. Submit a ticket to Admissions & Records for questions relating to posting and mailing of diploma(s).

  • Commencement

    Commencement is celebrated once a year in the month of June for Summer, Fall, and Spring graduates.

    Find out when and how to order your cap and gown to participate.

    If you have questions about your cap and gown purchase or guest tickets, please contact the office of Student Life at commencement@pasadena.edu or (626) 585-7385. 

  • If you filed for an ADT (AA-T/AS-T) degree

    If you are transferring to a CSU for a major that accepts your ADT degree and you noted your ADT intent on your CSU application, our evaluators will submit an e-verify to the CSUs on your behalf. 

    To check if your CSU accepts your ADT:

    1. Go to the ADT website
    2. Enter your major, Pasadena City College, and your CSU

    If you did not let the CSU know of your ADT intent on your CSU application, you will need to send your Verification of Intent to Earn Associate in Arts/Science Degree - Transfer form to your CSUs directly. You may request this form by asking your counselor or submitting an online counseling request. You will need to make copies of the form and submit to your CSUs.    

    Once your ADT degree posts on your PCC transcript, your official transcript will be your verification document. You will no longer need to submit the Verification of Intent form.

    You do NOT need to submit verification if you are transferring as a different major (i.e. getting AS-T in Math but transferring as a Biology major).

    You do NOT need to submit the verification if you are transferring to a UC. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I do not pass my class?

If you do not pass a class/es required for your degree, you will need to register for your last class/es again. Atfer you add into the class/es, submit a new degree petition with a counselor.

How many commencement ceremonies are celebrated each year?

PCC celebrates commencement once a year in June.

Example: Students earning degree/s in Summer 2024, Fall 2024, and Spring 2025 will participate in the June 2025 commencement.

May I participate early in this year's June commencement if I earn my degree in Summer?

If you need 1-2 classes in Summer session to earn your degree, you may participate early in this year's June commencement. When petitioning for your degree/s, remember to ask your counselor to give you verification of your Summer degree petition pending 1-2 class/es

However, your name will not be published in the commencement book. Instead, your name will be published in the next year's commencement book. 

Example: Earning degree in Summer 2024 but participating in June 2024 commencement. Name will be published in June 2025 commencement book. 

Note: If you work at PCC, you will need to update your address in Human Resources.

Log in to LancerPoint.  

  • Make sure you are in the "Home" tab (left).
  • Scroll down and click on "Update Addresses and Phones".
  • Confirm if your mailing address is current.  If you need to update your address, under the drop-down menu for "Type of Address to Insert", select "Mailing" and click on "Submit".
  • Follow the prompts to update your mailing address.

Receiving an Associate degree at PCC will not impact your enrollment at PCC, your Financial Aid or your California College Promise Grant (BOGW) at PCC. 


Questions About Your Degree?

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