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Degree Applications


SBCC Degree and Certificate Application

  • 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).

  • Meet with or contact an academic counselor. If you have attended other colleges, 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 coursework and with filing the degree and/or certificate application(s). 

    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
    • Email the application as a PDF attachment to the SBCC Degree Analyst at diplomas@sbcc.edu

  • In order to have your name appear in the electronic display at Commencement, you need to apply by the deadline. The 2023 Commencement will include graduates and candidates from Summer 2022 - Spring 2023. The last day to submit your application for inclusion in the display is April 5, 2023

    Students applying after the deadline are welcome to participate in Commencement and have their names and degrees announced on the stage, but their information will not appear in the Commencement display.

    Click here for commencement information. Please contact the Office of Student Life with questions about the event. You do not need to register to participate. 

  • Final processing of degree and certificate applications cannot begin until grades have been certified by Admissions & Records, approximately one week after the end of a term. Depending on the volume of applications, processing may take three to four weeks after grade certification. You can view the status of your pending application on your unofficial transcript in Pipeline. As thousands of applications are received every year, students will not receive individual emails about their application status. Only awarded degrees and certificates will appear on official transcripts. 

  • Click here for diploma information. Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement. 


    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.

  • 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.

  • Contact the individual department. Admissions & Records does not process or provide these awards and they do not appear on SBCC transcripts.