Students at commencement ceremony


Diplomas awarded in or after Fall 2021: Do not submit mailing request forms. Diplomas for Associate Degrees and Certificates awarded with Fall 2021 and later completion dates will be printed and mailed by Parchment. You will receive an email when the hard copy is ready for printing and the digital diploma can be claimed. Keep your preferred mailing address up-to-date in the campus portal. If you have additional older diplomas still on file at A&R, use the mailing form linked below to request those diplomas, or pick them up in person. 

Diplomas awarded for terms prior to Fall 2021: Diplomas were printed through A&R. Mailing requests are usually processed within two weeks. You are encouraged to use a U.S. mailing address when possible. There are no tracking or rush shipment services for diplomas mailed from SBCC.

In order to receive a diploma, you must first be awarded an Associate Degree, Certificate of Achievement, or Skills Competency Award (SCA). Application status for degrees and certificates can be viewed on unofficial transcripts in the campus portal. Only awarded degrees and certificates appear on official transcripts. Click here to order transcripts.

Click here to download the SCA Application (fillable PDF). Do not use this form for Associate Degrees or Certificates of Achievement. 

Note: Skills Competency Awards do not appear on SBCC transcripts, are not included in Commencement, and are not available in a digital format. For applications processed in Fall 2021 and later, awards will be mailed to the address listed on the application 6-8 weeks after the end of the term. For awards already on file, use the regular diploma mailing request or pick up the award in person at Admissions & Records. 

Exceptions: EMT does not require an award application. EMT awards will be distributed at the last course meeting and any mailing will be processed by the Allied Health department. CNA awards will be distributed by the Nursing department. 

Final processing of degree and certificate applications does not begin until grades have been certified by Admissions & Records, approximately one week after the end of a term. Depending on the volume of applications, processing may take three to four weeks after grade certification. You can view the status of your application on your
unofficial transcript in the campus portal. As thousands of applications are received every year, students will not receive individual emails about their application status. After processing, the status will change from "pending" to "awarded" or "denied." Only awarded degrees and certificates will appear on official transcripts. 

Unless otherwise notified, diplomas for degrees and certificates are available no sooner than:

Awarded for the most recent Fall Semester: The following March
Awarded for the most recent Spring Semester: The following August
Awarded for the most recent Summer Sessions: The following September 

Notification will be sent to your campus email when diplomas are available. 

Older Diplomas (Summer 2021 and older): Diplomas are kept on file at A&R indefinitely. For degrees and certificates retroactively awarded for previous academic years, diplomas are generally printed within two to three weeks after they are posted to a student's SBCC transcript. To confirm that your diploma, certificate, or SCA is available, please contact the SBCC Degree Analyst:

Multiple programs of study of the same type (AA/AA-T, AS/AS-T, Certificate, or Skills Comp Award) awarded in the same semester will be printed on one diploma, up to a maximum of four associate degrees or three certificates/SCAs per diploma. 

Digital diplomas are only available for degrees and certificates awarded in Fall 2021 or later and processed through Parchment. For earlier terms, request your printed diploma from SBCC and/or order a transcript. Digital diplomas are issued at the same time as printed diplomas. 

In-person diploma pickup for diplomas awarded prior to Fall 2021 is available at Admissions & Records, SS-110, during open hours. Photo ID is required. There is no charge to pick up your original diploma. Diplomas will not be released if you have financial holds.

If you are unable to come to campus, you may designate another person to pick up your diploma by completing the Diploma Release Authorization

For diplomas with completion terms earlier than Fall 2021: Complete the Mailing Request Form

All diplomas on file will be mailed together. Financial holds must be cleared before diplomas will be released.

If you have already received your original diploma and need additional copies, or if you have lost your original diploma and need a replacement, complete the Duplicate Request Form. 

There is a $20 fee per duplicate/replacement diplomaFees may be paid in person at the Cashier, via check (payable to SBCC), or charged directly to your campus account after the form is received.

Submit the completed form to the Degree Analyst: 

Duplicate/replacement diplomas are generally mailed within two to three weeks after a request is received.

Commencement ceremony is held once per year. Information is posted online and emailed to graduates and candidates during the Spring semester.

Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement. For more information about Commencement, contact the Office of Student Life.

Contact the individual department. Admissions & Records does not process or mail these awards.

Contact the Office of Student Life. Admissions & Records does not process or mail these awards.

Contact the Campus Store. Admissions & Records does not distribute diploma covers or other materials related to commencement.

Admissions & Records does not process these diplomas. Contact Student Services at the Schott Center at 805-898-8160 or view information about requesting a transcript.

Certification requests for IGETC or CSU GE Breadth to be sent to four-year colleges and universities are processed by the University Transfer Center. Diplomas for Certificates of Achievement in IGETC and CSU GE Breadth are not printed. To confirm that your certificate has been awarded, check your SBCC transcript. 

See the Transcripts page for information about ordering transcripts. Please do not send transcript inquiries or requests for grades to the Degree Analyst.

Please review all of the posted information. For additional questions, please contact:

SBCC Degree Analyst

For Parchment issues, contact their customer service.