You may apply for an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement once all requirements have been fulfilled or if all requirements will be fulfilled by the end of the current term (fall/spring/summer).
In order to have your name listed in the annual Commencement brochure, you need to apply by the deadline. The current deadline for 2021-22 is Friday, March 30, 2022. Date is subject to change. The 2022 Commencement will include graduates and candidates from Summer 2021 - Spring 2022.
Students applying after the deadline are welcome to participate in Commencement, but their names and degree and/or certificate information will not appear in the Commencement list.
Consult with an SBCC Academic Counselor.
Meet with or contact an academic counselor. If you have attended other colleges, official transcripts from all colleges previously attended need to be on file with SBCC Admissions & Records. Your academic counselor will assist you in evaluating your coursework and with filing the degree and/or certificate application(s).
How to submit the application:
- In person at the Academic Counseling Center. Student Services Building, SS-120
- Mail to:
Admissions & Records
721 Cliff Dr
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
- Fax to (805) 962-0497
- Email the application as a PDF attachment to Amanda Neal, SBCC Degree Analyst, at
Complete the SCA application. Do not use this form for Associate Degrees or Certificates of Achievement.
Note: Skills Competency Awards do not appear on SBCC transcripts and are not included in Commencement. In most cases, availability dates for the printed awards are the same as those for other types of diplomas.
SBCC students may graduate under the General Education and Department requirements in effect at the time of first enrollment, as long as continuous enrollment is maintained; or under the requirements in effect from the time continuous enrollment is established and maintained; or under the requirements in effect at the time of graduation.
Continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in both Fall and Spring semesters through the first census each academic year. For purposes of determining catalog rights, the catalog year begins with the Fall and goes through the following Summer session.
A student who requests an exception to this policy may submit a Petition to Reinstate Catalog Rights for consideration. Exceptions may include an interruption or loss of catalog rights due to extenuating circumstances and/or hardship. Extenuating circumstances are verified cases of accidents, illnesses, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student.