Graduation & Commencement

CELEBRATE YOUR ACHIEVEMENT! Here you will find information on applying for graduation, graduation requirements, Commencement and more.

Students that applied for summer 2023 after the March 5, 2023 deadline will be invited to participate in the next Commencement Ceremony, in June 2024.

More information to come for 2024.

Graduation Commencement 2023

This year's Commencement Ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at Glen Helen Amphitheater (GHC). Graduates will gather at the pavilion inside the Glen Helen venue to line up and march into the amphitheater. Graduates should plan to arrive beginning at 4:00 p.m. when the venue opens. The guest parking lot opens at 4:00 p.m. and guests will be allowed to enter the venue at 5:00 p.m. The ceremony will last approximately two (2) hours.

Info will be sent to your student VVC email if you graduated Summer 2022, Fall 2022 or applied for graduation for Spring 2023 or Summer 2023.

GRADUATION TICKETS will be available in the RAMS Bookstore. All attendees, including infants/small children will require a ticket to enter the venue (no exceptions).

GRADUATES AND GUESTS WITH DISABILITIES - Guests with disabilities should plan to arrive by 5:00 p.m. for appropriate accommodations. You are allowed one (1) attendant if necessary. Graduates: If you need accommodation for a disability, we ask you notify us by May 19. Parking for disabled is located through Gate 1. For concerns and assistance, please contact Cathy Ekpo, ACCESS Director, at (760) 245-4271 Ext 2939.



Special Notice: There is a $10 parking fee vehicle for guest parking at Glen Helen Amphitheater.


Guests are permitted to bring in one (1) factory sealed bottle of water up to one gallon in size (PLASTIC ONLY, NO METAL OR GLASS CONTAINERS). Camelbacks, aluminum containers or hydroflasks are not permitted.

No COVID mandate will be in effect. Therefore, no vaccination requirement, nor negative covid test will be required.




Eligibility Requirements

  • Unit Requirements: Associate degrees require a minimum of 60 degree-applicable units, including General Education, major requirements, and electives. Associate Degrees for Transfer also require 60 CSU-applicable units in addition to the General Education, major requirements, and electives. Certificates of Achievement require a minimum of 12 major-applicable units.
  • Units in Residence at VVC: At least 12 units of coursework must be taken at Victor Valley College.
  • GPA Requirements: A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in degree-applicable coursework. All courses in the major must be completed with a "C" or better.

Major Requirements

Transfer Credits & Test Scores

  • Coursework from regionally accredited colleges and universities is accepted by VVC to fulfill degree and certificate requirements.
  • Advanced Placement and CLEP scores can be accepted for credit, with some limitations. Test scores must be submitted directly from the testing center to VVC.
  • Official college transcripts and test scores sent directly by the institution are required. VVC does not accept student-provided documents-unless they are in a sealed Official envelope.

Graduation Steps: 

While you may have completed all the units towards your degree or certificate, you must still formally apply to receive it. The following instructions will walk you through the steps needed to apply for your degree.

  • Ensure you have submitted official transcripts and relevant test scores from all institutions attended to the Admissions and Records Office. Note that all transcripts from other schools must be Official.
  • Make an appointment with a counselor to see if you are eligible to graduate. 
  • Once you determine you are eligible, complete and submit your graduation application as noted below.
  • You may apply for any degree or certificate for which you qualify (no limit).

How to Apply

Students must apply for graduation by the deadline dates to obtain an Associate Degree. DEGREES ARE NOT AUTOMATICALLY ISSUED.

Deadlines to Apply

The deadline to Apply for Graduation is the last day of the term prior to the term in which you expect to graduate. Examples: Apply by the end of Fall semester to graduate in Spring.  Apply by the end of Spring semester to graduate in Summer.  Apply by the end of the Summer term to graduate in Fall.  There is no graduation in Winter.

The filing periods for graduation are as follows:

  • Spring 2023 (June) Closed, past deadline (Apply for Summer 2023)
  • Summer 2023 (August) Closed, past deadline (Apply for Summer 2023) 
    • The deadline to participate in the June 2023 commencement has now closed. All applicants that applied for spring 2023 and/or summer 2023 by March 5, 2023 deadline are invited to participate in the Commencement Ceremony for Spring 2023.

      Students that applied for summer 2023 after the March 5, 2023 deadline will be invited to participate in the next Commencement Ceremony, June 2024.

  • Fall 2023 (December) until September 11, 2023
  • Spring 2024 (June) until March 15, 2024 

Please complete the appropriate application below:

For Spring graduation candidates, please be advised that participation in the ceremony does not guarantee official graduation. Final evaluation for Spring candidates are not completed until grades have been verified for the Spring semester.

After You Apply

  • You will receive an email on the status of your application during the semester you applied for.
  • If found eligible, your application will be re-evaluated once official/final grades are posted at the end of the term. This process can take up to 5 weeks. 
  • You will be provided with instructions on how to participate in our annual Commencement Ceremony a couple months ahead of the event. In order to participate in the ceremony, you must submit the graduation petition by the petitioning deadline.

Graduating with Honors

Scholastic Honors at Commencement

Honors at the college commencement will be awarded to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher. Coursework taken during the final spring semester will not be used to calculate honors at commencement. Grade point averages are not rounded up. Students completing associate degree programs with prescribed cumulative grade point averages, listed below, are recognized as honor graduates at the college commencement. These honor graduates are eligible to wear honor cords at graduation.

Academic honors are as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors) 3.90 - 4.00 GPA

  • Magna Cum Laude (High Honors) 3.75 - 3.89 GPA

  • Cum Laude (Academic Distinction) 3.50 - 3.74 GPA

These honors are noted on student diplomas.

All lower division, degree-applicable courses, units, and grades earned by students at VVC and other colleges and universities are included in calculating grade point averages for graduation and academic honors. Official transcripts or documents are required before degrees can be awarded. Transcripts submitted become the property of Victor Valley College and cannot be returned to the student nor be forwarded to another institution.

Transcripts & Diplomas

  • Transcripts: Once the Admissions & Records Office has verified you completed all degree/certificate requirements, your official Victor Valley College transcripts will be annotated with the degree and major you completed. This annotation will appear on all transcripts we generate.
  • Diplomas: Starting with the Fall 2021 diplomas, Victor Valley College has partnered with Parchment to print and mail physical diplomas. In addition to the printed diploma you will be able to obtain a digital diploma. You will receive an email from Parchment to create an account and retrieve your diploma. Diplomas will be mailed to you within 12-16 weeks after the appropriate filing period. Only one diploma (per major) will be provided to you at no cost. If you graduated with more than one major, you will receive a separate diploma for each major. It will also state if you graduated with honors.
  • Duplicate Diplomas: Duplicate diplomas may be ordered directly from the Admissions & Records Office by completing the Diploma/Certificate  Replacement Order Form at a cost of $15 each.


Who May Participate

  • Students who were granted a degree from Summer and/or Fall preceding the graduation ceremony.
  • Students who have petitioned for the Spring semester who are designated as eligible or eligible pending.