Did you complete all requirements for your degree or certificate? Great! Your next step is to complete our Graduation Petition. Details are provided below.
Coursework from regionally accredited colleges and universities is accepted by SMC to fulfill degree and certificate requirements.
Advanced Placement and CLEP scores can be accepted for credit, with some limitations. Test scores must be submitted directly from the testing center to SMC.
Official college transcripts and test scores sent directly by the institution are required. SMC does not accept student-provided documents--even if in a sealed envelope.
Ensure you have submitted official transcripts and relevant test scores from all institutions attended to the Admissions and Records Office. Note that all transcripts from other schools must be mailed directly to SMC Admissions. Hand carried transcripts will not be accepted.
Make an appointment with a counselor to see if you are eligible to graduate. You can also run a Degree Audit check using the SMC educational planning tool called MyEdPlan.
Once you determine you are eligible, complete and submit your graduation petition as noted below.
You may petition for any degree or certificate for which you qualify (no limit).
Complete and submit the graduation petition for your degree or major. All petitions must be downloaded, completed and submitted to the admissions and records office via email to email@example.com
*The filing deadline has passed (12/1), these forms will go live again when we enter the new filing period next year-2021.
SMC will automatically grant a Certificate of Achievement upon processing of any full certification request.
Graduation honors are awarded to students who have met all the graduation requirements, who have never been suspended from Santa Monica College, who are not currently on academic or progress probation, and who meet the following GPA qualifications for all degree-applicable coursework.
Highest Honors: 4.0 GPA
High Honors: 3.70 to 3.99 GPA
Honors: 3.0 to 3.69 GPA
Graduation honors will be annotated on your SMC transcript and your diploma.