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FAQ's for Graduation and Commencement

Q: Is there more than one conferral date per year?

A: There are three:  January, June and August. There is only one commencement ceremony, held in June in Boston. Celebrations may be held at Regional Centers; please contact your Director for the most up-to-date information.

Q: How do I let the Registrar’s Office know when I am almost done with my program and that I am ready to graduate?

A: Please complete and submit an Intent to Graduate form early in your final term. This form notifies the Registrar’s Office that are about to complete the requirements for your degree or certificate. You must complete an Intent to Graduate form even if you do not wish to participate in a commencement ceremony.

Q: What is a Graduation Clearance Pending hold?

A: Any student who has submitted an Intent to Graduate form will have a Graduation Clearance Pending hold placed on the student’s record on the date specified in the Academic Calendar.  If you receive this hold but are planning to graduate during a later term, please call the Registrar’s Office and we will adjust the expected graduation date and remove the hold so that you can register for courses.


Q: When will I receive my diploma?

A: We ordinarily mail out diplomas to graduates within three months of the conferral date, via U.S. mail.

Q: How are diplomas mailed?

A: We mail diplomas to the home address in our records.  Please be sure that your address is up-to-date.

Q: I recently married or divorced.  How can I be sure the correct name will appear on my diploma?

A: Please write us and include legal documentation of the name change, such as the marriage certificate or divorce papers.  Once you have graduated, the name on record at the time of graduation remains.

Q: Can I order multiple diplomas?

A: No.  There is only one official diploma.

Q: Do you keep a copy of my diploma?

A: No.

Q: What if I lose my diploma in a fire, move, flood etc.?

A: You may order a replacement diploma.  Please mail the Registrar’s Office a signed request for a replacement diploma which includes identifying information, such as birthdate, student ID number, degree, and contact information.  Please include a check made out to Cambridge College in the amount of $27.00 or provide credit-card information.

Q: I owe the college money.  Will I receive my diploma?

A: You will not receive your diploma or transcript until you have paid the balance due.  When your balance is zero, please contact the Registrar’s Office about mailing your diploma to you.