Graduating from SCC

We are so proud of our Panther alumni – and we want you to be among them! Once you have identified a major, or a degree or certificate path, meet regularly with a counselor to make sure you are on track for completing your desired degree or certificate program. 

Degree Programs

Students planning to graduate with an associate in arts or science degree must meet the minimum requirements. View the associate degree graduation requirements. Petition for a degree or certificate online or in person at the Admissions and Records Office.

All summer and fall degree recipients and spring degree candidates will be invited to participate in an annual graduation ceremony, known as commencement, held at the end of each spring semester in May.

Certificate Programs

There are two types of certificates: Certificate of Achievement (with unit requirements of 12 and over) and Certificate of Recognition (with unit requirements less than 12 units). Certificates of Achievement are posted to your transcript, while Certificates of Proficiency are not. Depending on the program selected, training may take from six months to two years. Students may further their education by pursuing an associate degree or fulfilling university transfer requirements. File a certificate petition online or in person at the Admissions and Records Office.

To apply online for a certificate you must:

  • Know the catalog year you are following for your certificate requirements. The most common catalog year for certificate petitions is the current catalog. If you are following certificate requirements from an older catalog, you must have maintained catalog rights.
  • Be certain all certificate requirements have been met with a "C" or better (or will be met by the end of the semester in which you are applying).
  • Meet SCC residency for certificates consisting of 12 or more units. Residency requires that a minimum of 12 units of college-level coursework be completed at Sacramento City College. Certificates less than 12-units do not require residency.
  • If you are using coursework from outside of the Los Rios Community College District, you must have an approved course-substitution form on file or proper documentation on file from a counselor. Certain coursework from ARC, CRC, and SCC may also need counselor approval. Petitions missing the above may be denied.

How to Petition for a Degree or Certificate