Mesa Journeys



Before You can Graduate

Are You Ready to graduate?

For any questions, please contact the Mesa Evaluations office by emailing or by phone 619-388-2680.

APply for grad party

Click here to view the Apply for Graduation Deadlines. 

Step 1: apply to Graduate

Once you have an educational plan for the degree or certificate you wish to receive, you need to Apply for Graduation though your student portal at Under "My Academics" on the left-hand side of your student portal, click "Apply for Graduation". Be sure to click submit at the end!

  • You can apply up to two (2) semesters before you plan to finish your classes/graduate. However, it is recommend to apply for graduation before you graduate. If you are earning a Degree and/or Certificate, you are required to apply for graduation. 

Graduation deadlines vary from year to year. View the current academic year graduation deadlines here. NOTE: Deadlines are final.

Apply for Graduation - view the step-by-step tutorial below.
For more information about Applying for Graduation and for deadlines, click here.

Step 2: view your degree evaluation on your mysdccd portal

Once you submit your Application for Graduation, please allow up to 4 months to view your graduation status in the My Academics section, located on the left-hand side of your student portal.

  • Make sure your email address is up to date, in case your evaluator needs to contact you for any reason. You can update your email address through your student portal.
  • It may take up to 3-4 months to receive your graduation status online.
  • If you have trouble understanding your graduation status, please contact your counselor.

Step 3: Receive an invitation for the Commencement ceremony

Please read the message below to its entirety. Please note: Apply for Graduation deadlines have not changed. 

An email and mailed invitation will be sent to all eligible students (those who have applied for graduation from Mesa College in Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023).

Congratulations on your achievement!

Thank you,

Mesa College Commencement Team

Step 4: Register to Participate in the Commencement Ceremony

  • Your participation in the Commencement Ceremony is OPTIONAL for you to receive your degree or certificate.
  • You must register if you wish participate in the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Your invitation will contain registration information including a website where you will register to participate. 
  • The deadline to register for the 2023 Commencement Ceremony is: TBA
  • If you need assistance with the registration website contact the Mesa Evaluations Office at 619-388-2680 or email them at

step 5: Receive Your Diploma in the mail

You will not receive your diploma for your degree or certificate at the Commencement Ceremony. Diplomas for summer, fall, and spring graduates are mailed directly to the students after ALL coursework requirements for your degree or certificate are completed successfully.

  • All financial holds must be cleared on your student account before your diploma can be mailed. 
  • Diplomas are mailed to the address listed on mySDCCD usually 8 weeks after the end of the semester.
  • You will receive a diploma cover at the Commencement Ceremony.
  • Make sure your mailing address and email is up to date. You can update your mailing address on mySDCCD.
  • Degrees and/or Certificates of Achievements will be posted on official transcripts on the following dates:
      • Fall 2022 Graduates: February 2023
      • Spring 2023 Graduates: July 2023
      • Summer 2022 Graduates: November 2023


For any questions, please contact the Mesa Evaluations office by emailing or by phone 619-388-2680.