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Degree Applications

SBCC Degree and Certificate Application

The application deadline for the 2020-21 Virtual Commencement list was Friday, March 19, 2021. Applications for Spring 2021 can still be submitted. All Spring applications will be reviewed after semester grades are certified.

  • You may apply for an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement once all requirements have been fulfilled or if all requirements will be fulfilled by the end of the current term (fall/spring/summer).

    In order to have your name listed in the annual Commencement brochure, you need to apply by the deadline. The deadline for 2020-21 is Friday, March 19, 2021. The 2021 Commencement virtual slideshow will include graduates and candidates from Summer 2020 - Spring 2021. 

    Students applying after the deadline are welcome to view the virtual Commencement, but their names and degree and/or certificate information will not appear in the slideshow.

  • Have you attended other colleges?

    You must consult with an SBCC Academic Counselor.

    If SBCC is the only college you have attended:

    Log on to your Pipeline account, go to Course Planning, and run a Degree Works Audit. You will need to identify the catalog year for each degree or certificate for which you will be applying. Your choice of catalog year must be within your catalog rights.

    Your Degree Works report considers and applies current semester "in progress" (IP) coursework. If the report shows that all requirements have been or will be met including IP coursework, you are eligible to apply. 

    If all requirements have not been satisfied according to Degree Works and you believe you are eligible, contact an academic counselor.

  • If you have attended other colleges:

    Meet with or contact an academic counselor to have external coursework evaluated. Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended need to be on file with SBCC Admissions & Records. Your academic counselor will assist you in evaluating your external coursework and with filing the degree and/or certificate application(s).

    If you have only attended Santa Barbara City College:
    Download an SBCC Degree Application Form. Log on to your Pipeline account, go to Course Planning, and run a Degree Works Audit for each degree or certificate for which you are applying. Meet with an SBCC academic counselor if you need assistance.

    How to submit the application:

    • In person at the Academic Counseling Center. Student Services Building, SS-120
    • Mail to:
      Admissions & Records 
      721 Cliff Dr 
      Santa Barbara, CA 93109
    • Fax to (805) 962-0497
    • If you have only attended SBCC, the application may be emailed as a PDF attachment to Amanda Neal, SBCC Degree Analyst, at diplomas@sbcc.edu
  • Complete the SCA applicationDo not use this form for Associate Degrees or Certificates of Achievement. 

    Note: Skills Competency Awards do not appear on SBCC transcripts and are not included in Commencement. In most cases, availability dates for the printed awards are the same as those for other types of diplomas


    SBCC students may graduate under the General Education and Department requirements in effect at the time of first enrollment, as long as continuous enrollment is maintained; or under the requirements in effect from the time continuous enrollment is established and maintained; or under the requirements in effect at the time of graduation.

    Continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in both Fall and Spring semesters through the first census each academic year. For purposes of determining catalog rights, the catalog year begins with the Fall and goes through the following Summer session.

    A student who requests an exception to this policy may submit a Petition to Reinstate Catalog Rights for consideration. Exceptions may include an interruption or loss of catalog rights due to extenuating circumstances and/or hardship. Extenuating circumstances are verified cases of accidents, illnesses, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student.