Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College


Are you getting close to finishing your program? Awesome, wonderful, exciting news! Congratulations. Here are the final steps to take:

Steps to graduation

  1. Check requirements in GRAD Plan

    GRAD Plan tells you how close you are to graduating. Access GRAD Plan on the MyPCC Home tab. Click check progress in the My degree and major channel.

    Check that these details are correct:

  2. Watch for an email

    Halfway through your final term, you’ll get an email from records@pcc.edu that confirms you are graduating. (If you’re in your last term and don’t get an email about graduating, contact Student Records right away.)

    To get a printed diploma, you must order one.
  3. Order your diploma

    Order your diploma before your awarding term ends. Diplomas are processed 9-10 weeks after grades have been posted, and degrees have been awarded. However, extra time may be needed. The diploma is a physical, ceremonial representation of the degrees/certificates listed on your transcript.

  4. Graduate!

    After you complete all required classes, your degree or certificate will be posted to your transcript. This happens a few weeks after the term ends. You’ll get an email when your transcript is updated.

  5. Walk at Commencement

    Get dressed up in a cap and gown and celebrate your accomplishments. Commencement is optional but recommended!

    Graduation and commencement definitions
    What is… Definition
    Graduation When you finish your program. A certificate or degree is posted to your transcript.
    Commencement A ceremony to celebrate your accomplishments. You must RSVP.

    Fun fact: you don’t get your diploma at commencement. The diploma cover you get on stage contains a placeholder. Get an actual diploma mailed by following step 3 on this page!

After you graduate

As a PCC graduate, here are some things you should know: