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Getting Ready to Graduate?

Congratulations! Follow these steps to make sure you're ready for the big day.

1Make sure you meet the graduation requirements

To receive a degree or certificate from Pierce College, at least 25 of your last 45 credits must be earned at Pierce (SOCAD students are the exception).

Even if you meet that requirement, degrees and certificates are not awarded automatically. You must complete the other steps in order to graduate.

Note: Students enrolled with Pierce College at JBLM should contact either the Ft. Lewis or McChord offices for graduation application procedures and commencement information.

Fort Lewis: 253-964-6567
McChord: 253-964-6606

2 Determine which quarter you plan to graduate


3 Complete the degree and diploma application

Complete a Degree and Diploma Application by the specific deadlines posted in the academic calendar.

  • At Pierce Fort Steilacoom, submit the completed form to the Evaluations office.
  • At Pierce Puyallup, submit the form to the Admissions Office.

4 Complete your program

Make sure to follow all program guidelines and requirements.

5 Get ready for the big day!

We host a commencement ceremony each June for students who have completed their graduation requirements during that academic year, as well as those who are projected to complete their programs during the spring and summer quarters. Graduates and their families are encouraged to participate in this special event.

Note: Participation in the commencement ceremony does not imply that your degree or certificate has been awarded. Rather, you must meet all program requirements before a degree or certificate is awarded. All diplomas are mailed from the Evaluations office once grades have been verified. This process generally takes eight to 10 weeks after the end of the quarter.

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