Ready to Graduate?

Are you ready to graduate? If you are unsure, we recommend you meet with a counselor first to verify when you will complete all of your academic requirements. Once you enroll in your last course(s) to satisfy your associate degree and/or certificate requirements, you should submit a petition for graduation to the Evaluations and Records office. You can submit a petition for graduation by email, by fax (760) 744-2932, or in-person to the Evaluations and Records office.


Petitions must be submitted no later than the dates listed below:

  • Spring graduation – February 28th
  • Summer graduation – June 30th
  • Fall graduation – September 30th

There is no official deadline for students to file a petition for CSU General Education (CSU GE) or IGETC Certification.


You will receive an email once your evaluation has been completed. This email will include notification of approval or denial status, a copy of your degree/certificate evaluation, and further explanation, if necessary. This notification may come any time during the semester or, in some cases, after your final semester has ended. If you are unsure if you qualify to graduate, we recommend you meet with a counselor to verify you have satisfied all of your academic requirements.

Diploma Name

Your diploma/certificate will include your official name as it appears in MyPalomar. You may view the name that will be included by logging into your MyPalomar account. If you need to change your official name, please bring legal proof of the correct name to the Palomar College Admissions Office.

Diploma Address

Your diploma/certificate will be sent to your mailing address as listed in Palomar College MyPalomar. If you have an address change, you must update your mailing address in your student MyPalomar account.  We do not assume responsibility for degrees and/or certificates sent to the wrong address. Duplicate diplomas may be purchased through the Evaluations Office. There is a charge of $15.00 each per duplicate diploma or certificate.

When Will I Get My Diploma?

Diplomas and/or Certificates for graduates will be mailed approximately four weeks after your degree has been awarded in MyPalomar. Please note, due to the large size of the graduating class, degree applications can take several months to process and award.  To check if your degree has been awarded, log into MyPalomar and view your Unofficial Transcript. To view your Unofficial Transcript go to your Student Center and on the “Other Academic” dropdown menu towards the bottom of the page select “Transcript: View Unofficial.” Click the arrow button. Select eServices and click “Go.”


The Evaluations Office at Palomar College encourages all graduating students to attend commencement. Commencement is held once a year in the middle of May. You can visit the Palomar College Student Life and Leadership Office for more information about commencement.

Certificates of Proficiency

Certificate of Proficiency requirements are designed to certify basic workplace competencies for students who are entering the workforce. These certificates consist of programs that are less than 18 total units. Certificates of Proficiency are not awarded at the Palomar College Commencement, nor are they posted on official transcripts.