Graduation Procedures and Deadlines

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2021 Taft College Commencement Ceremony

On June 3, 2021, Taft College conducted an in-person commencement ceremony at Marion Memorial Stadium at Taft Union High School to honor our 2020–21 graduates. All Taft College graduate candidates from Fall 2020 and Spring and Summer 2021 were invited to attend the event. Participating graduates were accompanied by up to 10 guests. The full video of the commencement ceremony honoring the resilient Taft College Class of 2021can be viewed here on the Taft College West Kern Community College District YouTube channel.

2021-2022 Graduation Application2021-2022 Graduation Application - Fillable

To apply for graduation:

Turn in a completed Student Candidacy for Graduation application to the Office of Academic Records by emailing your application to tcgradapps@taftcollege.edu. Application must be completed in full and signed (by student). If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Academic Records at (661) 763-7756.

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Schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor or advisor to complete the Student Candidacy for Graduation application together. To schedule a counseling appointment, please call (661) 763-7748.

AA/AS or AA-T/AS-T Degrees and or Certificates:

  • Local Degrees: Associate in Arts (AA) & Associate in Science (AS).
  • Transfer Degrees: Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) & Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T).
  • Chancellor’s Office approved Certificates: Certificate of Achievement (CA).
  • Local approved Certificates: Certificate of Completion (CC).
    Please note: This type of certificate will not appear on your academic records.

Please refer to page 2 of the Student Candidacy for Graduation for a complete list of major codes.

Graduation Application Deadlines

For students applying for any award, you must submit your candidacy for graduation to Taft College by the following application period:

  • Fall Graduation – Accepting applications from August 23rd through October 22nd.
  • Spring Graduation – Accepting applications from January 18th through March 4th.
  • Summer Grad/Spring Walker – Accepting applications from April 4th through April 29th.
  • Summer Graduation – Accepting applications from June 1st through June 30th.

***Any application submitted after April 30th will not be included in the 2021-2022 graduation program.***

 

Information to know if applying for an AA-T or AS-T

SB 1440 – Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (STAR) enables the California Community Colleges and California State University to collaborate on the creation of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degree programs for transfer. These AA-T and AS-T degrees allow students to complete an Associate’s degree and satisfy lower division general education and major requirements for transfer at the same time.

When applying to CSU for fall admission, students must complete the CSU admissions application between October 1 and November 30 of the year prior to transfer. Students must indicate on the CSU admission application the particular AA-T or AS-T being awarded by the California Community College and the date the degree will be complete. Students must apply for the AA-T or AS-T at Taft College no later than the Spring semester prior to transferring. 

When applying to CSU for spring admission, students must complete the CSU admissions application between August 1 and August 30 of the year prior to transfer. Students must indicate on the CSU admission application the particular AA-T or AS-T being awarded by the California Community College and the date the degree will be complete. Students must apply for the AA-T or AS-T at Taft College no later than the Fall semester prior to transferring. 

 

This information is subject to change. Updates are made as new information is released.