Apply to Graduate

Student Records determines whether a student has completed degree and certificate requirements in order to qualify for graduation. Students and their advisors should monitor their academic progress online by running a degree audit in myACCESS.

You must complete the application for a degree or certificateno sooner than one term before you are expected to complete your academic requirements. An official evaluation of your credits will be completed within six to eight weeks. If you have questions about this process, contact the Graduation Department at (630) 942-3829.

Complete an Application for a Degree or Certificate

If you need to update your academic program on your student records, you will need to complete the Academic Program Change Form

Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony is held once a year at the end of the spring semester. For more details, please visit the Commencement page.

All students who earn a degree or certificate in the academic year (fall term through summer term) can participate in the Commencement Ceremony. In order to participate, your application must be submitted to Student Records by Monday, April 8.

Graduation Expo

Wednesday, March 20
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Health and Science Center (HSC), Atrium

The Graduation Expo is an event organized to provide graduating students with more information regarding next steps, whether your plan is to transfer or seek employment. This event also provides an opportunity for students to verify their status and any remaining steps to graduate or participate in the Commencement Ceremony. 


Printed diplomas are mailed to graduates six to eight weeks after the end of the semester. Printed diplomas are free of charge.  Beginning January 2024 with the Fall 2023 completers, all graduates will also receive a free digital copy of their diploma to be shared online or with potential employers.

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

Replacement diplomas can be requested through the Parchment website, at the cost of $15 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 Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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, call Campus Central at (630) 942-3000 or email campuscentral@cod.edu.