2021 Commencement

The 2021 Columbia Gorge Community College graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, July 9th, 10:00am-12:00pm at the Amphitheater on The Dalles Campus. The ceremony has been slightly modified in order for students and their families to participate in person while still adhering to COVID safety requirements.

  • Student groups of five will be assigned a time when they will walk across the stage to receive their diploma. Times will be assigned in alphabetical order by last name and students will be notified of their time on July 8th.

  • Each student will be allowed to bring a total of five people with them to the ceremony. Please help us keep the ceremony moving smoothly by not exceeding this number.

  • All graduates must let us know whether or not they will be participating in the ceremony by completing the Graduation Questionnaire below by July 7th.

Cap and gown packages will be available in the Bookstore on The Dalles Campus, building 2, from June 28th-July 8th (except July 5th when the college is closed).  The Bookstore hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-4:00pm. The package cost is $36and includes a cap, gown, and tassel. Honors cords will also be available for purchase by students who have a 3.30 or above cumulative GPA or a GED average score of 165 or above. The cost for an Honors cord is $10.

If the cost of these items would prevent you from participating in graduation, please contact Mary Martin at or 541-506-6025.

Graduation Questionnaire


Graduation Requirements

To earn an associate degree or a certificate, students may graduate under the CGCC Catalog requirements existing at the time of initial enrollment as long as they successfully complete at least one CGCC credit applicable to degree requirements per academic year.

Catalog requirements are valid for six academic years. A new academic year begins with each summer term and ends the next spring term. No catalog is valid for longer than spring term following the sixth academic year after issuance of the catalog.

Institutional Awarding

Students will automatically receive degrees and/or certificates upon completion of requirements for the student's declared major in the weeks following the term’s end. Multiple credentials may be institutionally awarded within a student's major.

Your diploma will be mailed to your address of record 3-4 weeks after term grades are recorded (Summer, Fall and Winter terms). Spring term diplomas are mailed during the month of July. If your address has changed, please go to MyCGCC to update your address.

Columbia Gorge Community College has received independent accreditation status. Prior to fall 2013, CGCC was accredited through Portland Community College. For degrees earned prior to Fall 2013, please go to MyPCC. Contact the Registrar's office if you have questions regarding your degree earned at CGCC prior to Fall 2013.

Graduating with Degrees other than a Declared Major

Fill out the Application for Graduation

  • Submit to Student Services one term prior to your anticipated graduation term.
  • File a separate application for each degree or certificate.
  • Once your application has been evaluated, you will receive a response in your Student Email.

Transfer Credits

CGCC will accept transfer credits that meet established standards of acceptance.