Graduation Information


Each student seeking a bachelor's degree, an associate degree or a certificate of achievement is required to submit a completed application for graduation. If you satisfy or will satisfy requirements for more than one degree/certificate in the same semester, please complete a separate graduation application for each degree/certificate.

Students do not need to complete a graduation application to receive a skills certificate.

The skills certificate designation automatically appears on your transcript, below the semester that you completed the requirements to earn it.

Grad Looking in the Mirror

Priority Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: November 1
  • Spring Semester: April 1
  • Summer Semester: June 1

If the first of the month falls on a weekend, the deadline will be the following Monday. Applications must be received by April 1 in order for graduates' names to be printed in the Commencement program.

Note: If you currently do not allow public access to your directory information you will need to change this setting in your MyTMCC Student Center in order for your name to be published. 

Residency Requirements

All graduates must have completed a minimum of 15 credits in residence at Truckee Meadows Community College for each associate degree or certificate of achievement pursued (challenge examinations, nontraditional credit, etc. do not count as resident credit).

All graduates must have completed a minimum of 32 credits in residence at Truckee Meadows Community College and 40 credits of upper-level courses for bachelor of applied science degrees (challenge examinations, nontraditional credit, etc. do not count as resident credit).

Grad Dog

Catalog Year

Students may continue to graduate under the degree requirements for the year in which they:

  • Began attending classes at TMCC in other than Community Services courses
  • Officially declared a major at the admissions and records office
  • Will graduate

If a degree or emphasis is offered for the first time after a student has enrolled, the student may choose the catalog year in which the degree or emphasis was first offered. The catalog must not be older than six years. For specific details, please see a TMCC Academic Advisor.


Your primary name will be printed on your diploma. To change your primary name, go to the Admissions and Records documents and forms web page and select "Request to Change Personal Identification Data". Follow the instructions and submit the request by the last day of your graduation semester. Your graduation application will be reviewed and you will be notified of your graduation status in MyTMCC's Communication Center, and to your TMCC email address.

Your diploma will be mailed to the mailing address you have entered in MyTMCC. It is your responsibility to make sure that a current and correct mailing address is listed in your MyTMCC Student Center by the last day of your graduation term.

Neither official transcripts nor diplomas will be released to students who have an outstanding balance at any NSHE institution.

Diplomas are generally mailed 8-10 weeks after the last day of the term; however, your degree will be posted on your transcript as of the time you receive your successful completion notification. The official transcript is the document of record for employment and educational purposes. As soon as your degree has been posted, you may order official transcripts through National Student Clearinghouse.

Diplomas are not ordered for skills certificates (please see Application section, above, for additional information).


All graduating students are encouraged to participate in Commencement exercises held at the close of the Spring Semester each year. At that time, all bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and certificates of achievement are conferred upon Fall, Spring and Summer graduates for the year.

Applicants for graduation will be sent information on Commencement ceremonies in the Spring Semester.

For more information on graduation, please see the TMCC Steps to Graduate.