Yes, you must apply for graduation. Students are graduated three times a year: September, January and May/June. Each graduation period has an application deadline. Check the academic calendar for deadlines. Graduation applications are available either in Enrollment Services, C103, or from our forms page.
When you apply to graduate you will indicate if you are planning on participating in the Commencement ceremony in May/June. If so, you must also specify your cap and gown size. There is a mandatory commencement rehearsal for those who are participating in graduation. Further instructions are sent out several weeks before commencement with details about the ceremony itself.
If you participate in the Commencement ceremony, your diploma will be given out that day. If you are a September or January graduate and not participating in the May/June ceremony your diploma will be mailed to you within approximately six weeks of the graduation date. If you are graduating in May/June but not participating in Commencement and apply by the application deadline, you can pick up your diploma at the Registrar’s Office during the two weeks following commencement or wait for it to be mailed. Late applicants for commencement will have their diplomas mailed to them when they arrive at GCC. Make sure that the address that we have for you is a current address where you will still be receiving mail after graduation.