COVID-19 Updates



Updated 12/7/20

The annual Commencement ceremony recognizes the hard work and accomplishments of our Falcon graduates receiving their degrees and/or certificates.  In looking forward to the 2021 Commencement, we want to be able to celebrate these accomplishments in person, and will continue to monitor current circumstances and safety recommendations related to COVID-19, to determine available options.   

Commencement will likely not look the same as in the years prior to COVID-19, however we will carefully consider alternatives that provide a memorable experience to graduates, and their families and friends.  Graduate feedback, including the classes of 2020 and 2021, will be an important part of our planning, and will be gathered as options begin to take shape.  An initial plan for Commencement will be developed by late February 2021, so that our graduates can plan for this important accomplishment. 

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


Frequently Asked Questions

Petition Deadlines:

  • October 18, 2020- Last day for students to petition for Fall 2020 graduation 
  • March 22, 2021-Last day for students to petition for Spring 2021 graduation

For more information or to download petition forms

When Will Graduates Receive Their Certificates and/or Degrees?
Admissions and Records is currently processing all spring 2020 certificates and degrees – based on the completion of spring grades. Your spring 2020 certificate and/or degree will be mailed to you in mid to late December 2020.
Please verify your mailing address in My Cerritos and update it if necessary to ensure your certificate/degree is mailed to the appropriate address. 

Who to Contact for Transcripts, Petition, Student Records
Please contact The Office of Admissions and Records for questions related to your student records, petitions, grades, and transcripts. Contact the team at

Diploma Covers
May be available for purchase through the Cerritos College Bookstore website.

Diplomas Held
Please note that if you have an outstanding obligation to the college, this will prevent Cerritos College from releasing your diploma when it becomes available.

Please check pages periodically as some information may change.

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Last Update: 12/7/2020