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Graduation Information

Completion of degree and certificate requirements is determined by the Graduation Department in Student Records. Students and their advisors should monitor their academic progress online by running a degree audit in myACCESS.

If you need to update your academic program, you can request a change by completing the Academic Program Change Form

You must complete the application for degree or certificate no sooner than one term before expected completion of requirements. An official evaluation will be provided within six to eight weeks. If you have questions, contact the Graduation Department at (630) 942-3829.

Commencement

Commencement is held annually on the last day of spring term. All students who earn a degree or certificate in the academic year (fall term through summer term) can participate in the graduation ceremony. In order to have your name listed in the commencement program, your application must be submitted to Student Records by March 15.

Diplomas

Printed diplomas are mailed to graduates six to eight weeks after the end of the semester. If you would prefer to pick up your diploma, please indicate that in the address field when you submit your application for a degree or certificate. Student Records will contact you when your diploma is ready for pick up. Printed diplomas are free of charge.

Diploma covers are given to graduates at the Commencement Ceremony. If you are not attending the ceremony, you are welcome to pick up your diploma cover at the Office of Student Records. Diploma covers are also free of charge.

Certified Electronic Diplomas are now an option available to graduates. There is a $10.95 fee per diploma.

Graduation Honors

Graduation honors are indicated on the college transcript and are designated as follows in three categories:

  1. Highest Honors is awarded to students earning a minimum of 40 credits at College of DuPage and a cumulative College of DuPage grade point average of 4.00.
  2. High Honors is awarded to students with a cumulative College of DuPage grade point average of 3.60 to 4.00. Honors is awarded to students with a cumulative College of DuPage grade point average of 3.20 to 3.59.
  3. Graduation honors are determined from the cumulative grade point average in the semester in which the student completes degree requirements. Students must take at least eight (8) semester hours of credit for letter grades (excluding "S") to be eligible for honors recognition at graduation.

Contact Information

Office of Student Records
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2150

Regular Hours
Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

General
Phone: (630) 942-3838
FAX: (630) 942-3693
Prerequisites: (630) 942-2260

Email contacts:
Student Records: recordsoffice@cod.edu
FERPA: FERPA@cod.edu
Grades: gradesdept@cod.edu
Graduation: graduation@cod.edu
Commencement: commencement@cod.edu
Official COD Transcripts: transcripts@cod.edu
Transcript Evaluation: evaluation@cod.edu
Prerequisites: prereq@cod.edu
Verifications: verifications@cod.edu
High School Transcripts: HStranscript@cod.edu

Individuals who need language assistance, please call Campus Central at (630) 942-3000 or email campuscentral@cod.edu.