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updated: 03/23/23

The 65th annual Commencement Ceremony will be HELD ON
Friday, May 19, 2023 in FALCON STADIUM

5:30 PM - Graduate Procession Begins
6 PM - Ceremony Begins

Don't forget to continue visiting this OFFICIAL Commencement page periodically so you do not miss any information for the 2023 Commencement.

Save the date for GRAD FAIR!
Date: April 26 & 27, 2023
Time: 10am-2pm (both days)
Location: Student Center 
(SH-Student Hall) 

Getting ready to graduate during the
2022-2023 school year? 

You must submit a petition form to graduate from Cerritos College.
Those who are cleared to graduate by Admissions will receive email communication during mid-Spring 2023 semester to participate in the Commencement ceremony in May 2023.

Graduation Petition Deadlines

  • The deadline for Fall 2022 petitions was November 4, 2022.
  • The deadline for Spring & Summer 2023 petitions is March 24, 2023.
     March 24, 2023 is also the deadline for graduates to have their name appear in the 2023 Commencement Ceremony booklet.

Send completed petitions to Admissions: Visit the Admissions Graduate Petition webpage for additional information.





What is the Difference Between a Graduation and Commencement Ceremony?


Graduation happens when you finally complete your degree requirements. Many schools require students to complete an official graduation petition with a minimum number of units, before they can receive their diploma. We recommend submitting your petition at the beginning of your last term (or sooner). 

As a rule of thumb, if you finish your requirements in the spring semester and submit a graduation petition, you can say that you “graduated” in the spring. However, it may take time for the college to evaluate your record and send an official diploma. 


Meanwhile, “commencement” is the official term for the graduation ceremony, where students, family, and faculty celebrate their accomplishments. Cerritos College hosts their commencement at the close of the spring term.





Quick Links: Past Ceremonies


For important updates regarding Commencement and related events,
please check this OFFICIAL Commencement page frequently.

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