Graduation Information

Graduation Options

In addition to the standard spring term graduation in May, Pitzer College offers the opportunity to graduate two other times each year:

Fall – typically finalized in late September (last semester of enrollment would be summer)

Winter – typically finalized in late February/early March (last semester of enrollment would be fall).  

Note: There is only one commencement ceremony, held in May, in which graduates from the previous fall and winter may also participate. Diplomas are printed once per year in May.

Graduation Application

Graduating Seniors: Please complete the Graduation application here. This form will ask you to confirm your information and let us know how you’d like your name on your diploma.  You will also be presented with the option to record your name pronunciation if you’ve not yet submitted a recording.

Commencement Information

The College has one graduation ceremony each year, which takes place the Saturday after the end of final examinations. It is a degree-granting ceremony in which diplomas are conferred and in which only those students who have fully completed the College’s graduation requirements since the last ceremony are allowed to participate. Diplomas are only printed once per year in May and are issued during the Commencement ceremony (or mailed for those not able to attend).

In extraordinary and unforeseen circumstances, students may be permitted to participate in Pitzer’s spring commencement ceremony but with their degree conferred at a later date.  Normally, these students must submit a petition and supporting documentation to the Pitzer President no later than one week before commencement that clearly explains why they should be allowed to participate, a plan for completing degree requirements, and a signed affirmation that they understand that their participation is symbolic and that a Pitzer degree will not be conferred until all degree requirements are successfully completed.  The Faculty Executive Committee will consult with the petitioning student’s Academic Advisor(s) and the Office of Student Affairs, review the submitted materials, and make a final determination about participation, which will be communicated to the Registrar’s Office by the Thursday before Commencement.  This committee may seek input from other faculty and staff in reaching its decision and should be attentive to possible conflicts of interest and multiple role relationships in its deliberations.  Students whose petitions are approved should not represent themselves as having earned a Pitzer degree (until such time that all degree requirements are completed) and will receive an empty diploma portfolio at the commencement ceremony.  

Henceforth, the commencement program will include the following statement: 

“Inclusion of a name in this program does not serve as verification that the person named has completed a degree from Pitzer College. Some candidates for the degree are expected to complete graduation requirements in the near future. Diplomas are awarded upon certified completion of all degree requirements.”  

Please refer to the Commencement website for further details about the Commencement ceremony and diplomas.

Diploma Information

Diplomas are printed once a year in May for all Fall, Winter, and Spring graduates. All graduates will receive their diploma as they cross the stage at Commencement. If you are not participating in the ceremony, your diploma will be mailed to the permanent address that the Registrar’s office has on file for you.

Duplicate Diplomas

There is a $20.00 fee for a duplicate diploma.  The duplicate diploma will have the current Board Chair and President signatures on it. To request a duplicate diploma, please email the Office of the Registrar at: [email protected] 

If you have any questions, please email the Office of the Registrar at [email protected]

Final Pitzer College Transcript

Unofficial Transcripts

You can access Unofficial Transcripts in two ways:

  1. You can view or download your Unofficial Transcript through your MyCampus2
  2. The Registrar’s Office can send you an unofficial PDf copy of your transcript via Pitzer email. Send an email request to [email protected] from your Student Pitzer email address.

Official Transcripts

To order an Official Transcript, log into your MyCampus2 portal and click on the “Request Transcript” tab.

Reference File

A reference file, maintained in the Office of the Registrar, contains confidential letters of recommendation for you from faculty and staff selected by you that may be sent, upon your written request, to prospective graduate schools and/or employers. To establish a reference file and obtain recommendation forms, contact the Office of the Registrar at [email protected] or reach us by phone at 909.607.2650

Related Information:
Commencement website