Students at commencement ceremony

Diplomas

Spring/Summer 2021 & older diplomas: Mailing requests are being processed roughly once per week. In-person pickup hours are limited.
Fall 2021 & later diplomas: Due to changes with the printing and distribution process, please do not submit mailing requests for diplomas to be earned Fall 2021 or later. Information will be sent to Pipeline email accounts when diplomas are available. Printed diplomas for Associate Degrees and Certificates awarded in Fall 2021 and later will be shipped directly from Parchment. Please keep your preferred mailing address up-to-date in Pipeline.

In order to receive a diploma, you must first be awarded an Associate Degree, Certificate of Achievement, or Skills Competency Award (SCA). Application status for degrees and certificates can be viewed on unofficial transcripts in Pipeline. Only awarded degrees and certificates appear on official transcripts. Click here to order transcripts.


For diplomas awarded in Summer 2021 and earlier terms: Submit the mailing request form to have your diploma shipped. You are encouraged to use a U.S. mailing address when possible. There are no tracking or rush shipment services for diplomas mailed from SBCC. 

Tips for completing the form online: Fill out the form in an Internet browser on a computer. Click the printer icon. Select "Save as PDF" as the print destination. Email the completed PDF to diplomas@sbcc.edu. DO NOT SUBMIT A BLANK FORM.


  • Click here to download the SCA Application (fillable PDF). Do 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. For applications processed in Fall 2021 and later, awards will be mailed to the address listed on the application 6-8 weeks after the end of the term. For awards already on file, use the regular diploma mailing request or pick up the award in person at Admissions & Records. 

    Exceptions: EMT does not require an award application. EMT awards will be distributed at the last course meeting and any mailing will be processed by the Allied Health department. 


  • Unless otherwise notified, diplomas for degrees and certificates are available no sooner than:

    Awarded for the most recent Fall Semester: The following April 
    Awarded for the most recent Spring Semester: The following October 
    Awarded for the most recent Summer Sessions: The following November 

    Notification will be sent to your Pipeline email when diplomas are available. 

    Older Diplomas: Diplomas are kept on file at A&R indefinitely. For degrees and certificates retroactively awarded for previous academic years, diplomas are generally printed within two to three weeks after they are posted to a student's SBCC transcript. To confirm that your diploma, certificate, or SCA is available, please contact the SBCC Degree Analyst: diplomas@sbcc.edu.


  • Multiple programs of study of the same type (AA/AA-T, AS/AS-T, Certificate, or Skills Comp Award) awarded in the same semester will be printed on one diploma, up to a maximum of four associate degrees or three certificates/SCAs per diploma. 


  • Digital diplomas are only available for degrees and certificates awarded in Fall 2021 or later and processed through Parchment. For earlier terms, request your printed diploma from SBCC and/or order a transcript


  • In-person diploma pickup for diplomas awarded prior to Fall 2021 is available at Admissions & Records, SS-110, during limited hours. Photo ID is required. There is no charge to pick up your original diploma. Diplomas will not be released if you have financial holds.

    COVID-19 protocols apply for everyone entering the building. 

    If you are unable to come to campus, you may designate another person to pick up your diploma by completing the Diploma Release Authorization


  • For diplomas with completion terms earlier than Fall 2021: Complete the Mailing Request Form

    All diplomas on file will be mailed together. Financial holds must be cleared before diplomas will be released.


  • If you have already received your original diploma and need additional copies, or if you have lost your original diploma and need a replacement, complete the Duplicate Request Form. 

    There is a $20 fee per duplicate/replacement diplomaFees may be paid in person at the Cashier, via check (payable to SBCC), or charged directly to your Pipeline account after the form is received.

    Submit the completed form to the Degree Analyst: diplomas@sbcc.edu. 

    Duplicate/replacement diplomas are generally mailed within two to three weeks after a request is received.


  • The
    Commencement ceremony is held once per year. Information is posted online and emailed to graduates and candidates during the Spring semester.

    Diplomas are not distributed at Commencement. For more information about Commencement, contact the Office of Student Life.


  • Contact the individual department. Admissions & Records does not process or mail these awards.


  • Contact the Office of Student Life. Admissions & Records does not process or mail these awards.


  • Contact the Campus Store. Admissions & Records does not distribute diploma covers or other commencement supplies.


  • Admissions & Records does not process these diplomas. Contact Student Services at the Schott Center at 805-898-8160 or view information about requesting a transcript.


  • Certification requests for IGETC or CSU GE Breadth to be sent to four-year colleges and universities are processed by the University Transfer Center. Diplomas for Certificates of Achievement in IGETC and CSU GE Breadth are not printed. To confirm that your certificate has been awarded, check your SBCC transcript. 


  • See the Transcripts page for information about ordering transcripts. Please do not send transcript inquiries or requests for grades to the Degree Analyst.


  • For more information, contact:

    SBCC Degree Analyst
    diplomas@sbcc.edu