Steps to Graduate

Are you ready to graduate? Here’s what you need to do to receive your diploma.

Observe Graduation Deadlines

Your application must be received by the deadline to hear from Graduation Services before your final term registration date.

If you plan to graduate... Your graduation application is due...
Fall Term Fourth week of summer term
Winter Term Fourth week of fall term
Spring Term Fourth week of winter term
Summer Term Fourth week of spring term

Meet Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, all associate degree and certificate students must–

  • Fulfill all coursework and credit hour requirements as outlined in the College Catalog
  • Earn a grade point average of at least 2.00
  • Complete at least 25% of the required credit at Chemeketa

Apply for Graduation

Once you’ve met the requirements and your graduation application is due, it’s time to apply to graduate.

How to Apply

Complete the Application for a Certificate or Degree and submit it to Graduation Services, Bldg. 2 Rm. 200 (Salem campus) or e-mail it to You will need to submit a separate application for each degree or certificate you have completed.

Final Review

Graduation Services will review your completed graduation requirements and notify you by mail if –

  • You have completed the requirements for your degree
  • You have additional requirements that need to be completed

Attend the Commencement Ceremony

Chemeketa’s Commencement Ceremony is held each June at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion in Salem. While you do not have to participate in the ceremony to graduate, it is one opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments with your family, friends and classmates.

Our Commencement Ceremony page has more information about ordering your cap and gown, tickets for guests and attending the event.

Receive Your Diploma or Certificate

If you’ve met the graduation application deadline, your diploma or certificate will be processed within 7-10 weeks.

  • You may pick up your diploma or certificate at Graduation Services, Bldg. 2, Rm. 200, window 13 (Salem campus) during the week specified on your award letter.
  • If you are unable to pick up, it will be mailed to your address on record. Please make sure your address is current in My Chemeketa before the term you intend to graduate.
  • You will not receive your diploma at the commencement ceremony.

Applications received outside of normal processing times will take 4-6 weeks and will be mailed to the address on record.

Replacement diplomas are $10 and can be requested by submitting a Diploma Replacement Request form. Your replacement diploma will be mailed to the address you list on the form 4-6 weeks after your request and payment are submitted.

Contact Us

Graduation Services
Bldg. 2, Rm. 200, Window 13 (Salem Campus)
Phone: 503.399.6588