• CCBC students in class

    …is a processconfirming that you've met the requirements for your program of study and officially awarding your degree or credit certificate.
  • CCBC students after commencement in cap and gown

    ...is a celebration honoring your achievement of having completed all program requirements. You wear the traditional cap and gown to signify your amazing accomplishment–well done!

Apply to receive your degree or certificate

To officially be awarded your degree or credit certificate, submit an Application for Graduation whether or not you plan to participate in the CCBC commencement ceremony.

 To graduate in…  Apply by…        
Diplomas available at ceremony
 March 15
Diplomas will be mailed.
 May 15
Diplomas will be mailed.
 September 15
Note: Submit the application on the Friday before the due date if the deadline falls on the following weekend.

Important information about the process

Submitting your application

Submit your application at any CCBC Enrollment Services Center or mail it to:

Registrar's Office
CCBC Essex
Student Services Center, Room 015
7201 Rossville Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21237-3899

Graduation requirements

A student is eligible to receive an associate degree if he or she meets the following requirements:
  • Completes all course requirements in a given program. An associate degree requires the completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours in either a transfer or career program.
  • Maintains a minimum GPA of 2.0. The A.A.T. degree requires a 2.75 GPA.
  • Earns at least 15 credits of a curriculum at CCBC. 
  • Completes the General Education requirements.
  • Meets financial and academic obligations to the college.
  • Submits an application for graduation to the Registrar’s office by the published deadline.

A certificate is awarded to a student enrolled in a career or transfer program who meets the following requirements:
  • Completes the course requirements of the program. Maintains a minimum 2.0 GPA. 
  • Completes at least 25 percent of the credits required in the certificate program at CCBC. 
  • Meets financial and academic obligations. 
  • Submits an application for graduation to the Registrar’s office by the published deadline.

Application instructions

Submit your graduation application by the deadlines listed in the above chart. CCBC will complete a transcript evaluation and notify you if you are missing any degree or certificate course requirements. If any courses are missing, be sure to enroll in the next semester or session to graduate.
  • If you will complete requirements for both a degree and a certificate, submit a separate graduation application for each award. Be sure to enter the correct program title on your application
  • Specify the catalog year you followed in order to meet graduation requirements.
  • If necessary, update your records on the Change of Information form. Your diploma will be printed using your name as it appears in our records.

Application fee

There is a non-refundable graduation fee of $75 for an associate degree and a fee of $50 dollars for a certificate. If you will receive both a degree and a certificate, the fee is $125. The fee may be paid in the Bursar’s office or mailed with your graduation application. Make checks payable to CCBC.

Degree audits

CCBC is now using DegreeWorks, a web-based audit tool designed to help you track your progress towards degree/certificate completion. Catalogs 2011-2012 through the present are available in DegreeWorks. If you started a program in catalog years 2001-2011, you should use CAPP to evaluate your progress.