Graduation Application for Graduation You are required to apply for graduation at the Registrar’s Office on the East or West Campus by the deadline for the semester in which you intend to graduate. The deadlines are as follows: May graduation deadline for application is February 28 or the following Monday if falling on a weekend. August graduation deadline for application is June 30 or the following Monday if falling on a weekend. December graduation deadline for application is October 15 or the following Monday if falling on a weekend. Regalia Graduates must wear the designated Del Mar College academic regalia. You need to purchase regalia for graduation. Information on how to purchase regalia will be provided to you at the time of application for graduation. Veterans Honors Cord Every veteran student who graduates will be issued a Red, White and Blue Honor cord to wear with their graduation regalia. Your honor cord will be distributed to you at the Veteran Graduate Congratulatory Reception. Diplomas Diplomas are mailed to you approximately three weeks after the semester ends. Commencement Graduation is held three times a year: May, August and December. Only if you have completed all of the graduation requirements will you be permitted to graduate. Veteran Graduate Congratulatory Reception A congratulatory reception will be held for all Veteran graduates and their family members each Commencement cycle. Look for a written invitation from the Veterans Service Office. Additionally, all veteran graduates will receive a gift from the Veterans Services Office. Veteran Graduate Top Student Award Each Commencement cycle the Director of the College Veterans Center will award a Special Plaque to the top Veteran graduate.