Graduation Information

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Apply for Graduation

Did you know graduation isn't automatic? Your degree conferral and participation in commencement depend on your application!

The deadline to apply for CBC's 2024 graduation is Thursday, May 16!

Contact Counseling & Advising for more information.


Congrats, Graduate!

The 2024 CBC Graduation ceremony will be on Friday, June 14 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Big changes are coming to this years ceremony including a clear bag policy!

There will be two graduation ceremonies. 

  • 4pm - Bachelor’s (BAS/BSN), Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Applied Science - Transfer (AAS-T), Associate in Science (AS), and One-Year Certificates
  • 7pm - Associate in Arts & Sciences (AA/DTA) and Associate in Science Transfer (AS-T)

An Information Session will held on Tuesday, May 28 at noon in the H Building, Gjerde Center. 

Have Questions? Visit our Graduation FAQ page!

Applying for Graduation

Congratulations on nearing this milestone! As a candidate for a degree or one-year certificate, we encourage you to meet with your completion coach or program advisor one quarter prior to your anticipated completion so that you can formally apply to graduate.  

You can graduate at the end of any quarter. If you’re planning to participate in the commencement ceremony in June, you will have to have completed your degree or one-year certificate during the most recent fall, winter or spring quarter or the summer quarter following the commencement ceremony.

The deadline to apply for CBC's 2024 graduation is Thursday, May 16!

In order to receive a degree or one-year certificate from CBC, you need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete all degree/certificate program requirements within the College catalog (refer to the Catalog Option Policy for more information regarding catalog degree requirements).
  • Complete at least one-third of the total credits required for an associate degree/certificate or 45 credits for a bachelor’s of applied science degree in residence at CBC.
  • Earn a cumulative college-level grade point average of 2.0 or above in courses completed at CBC.
  • Earn a combined cumulative college-level grade point average of 2.0 or above in courses completed at CBC and transferred in from other institutions.
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To apply for graduation, please call Counseling & Advising at 509-542-5505 or email counselingFREECOLUMBIA_BASIN to schedule an appointment with your Completion Coach. Your Completion Coach will assist you with your graduation application and will submit it to the Registrar for final review.



Honors Designations

Did you know that if you earn a bachelor’s degree, associate degree or a one-year certificate from CBC you are eligible to receive scholastic honors as established by the College? Your eligibility for honors is calculated using your cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all college-level credits earned at CBC as of the last quarter in which all degree requirements have been completed. Your credits and grades transferred to CBC from other colleges and universities are not included in the calculation for the honors designation.

For purposes of the commencement program and ceremony regalia only, your honors designation is based on your GPA at the completion of winter quarter prior to the commencement ceremony.

Your official transcript and diploma will note your honors designation.


Associate Degrees and One-Year Certificates

Cumulative college-level GPA Honors Designation
3.85 to 4.00 High Honors
3.50 to 3.84 Honors


Bachelor's Degrees

Cumulative college-level GPA Honors Designation
3.90 to 4.00 Summa Cum Laude
3.70 to 3.89 Magna Cum Laude
3.50 to 3.69 Cum Laude


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