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College of Alameda Virtual Commencement 2021

Friday, May 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.


How can I participate in the virtual commencement?

Please schedule an appointment with our counselors to petition for graduation. You can schedule a Zoom appointment online on this page:

Petition for AA/AS Degree

Petition for Certificate of Achievement/Completion

When is the deadline to submit my petition to a counselor?

The last day to submit your petition to participate in graduation/ commencement activities is Friday, March 12th. After this date you can still submit your Degree/ Certificate petition, but it is not guaranteed that you will be included in graduation/ commencement activities.

How exactly will a virtual commencement work?

A link will be e-mailed to you where you will be able to upload a photo of yourself and a message. More information will be provided.

Will I be able to purchase a cap and gown?

Yes, you may be able to purchase a cap and gown through our bookstore at Direct all questions related to regalia to the Bookstore.

When will I be able to receive my diploma?

You will be able to receive your diploma during the Fall 2021 semester depending on the shelter-in-place order.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Natalie Rodriguez at

Information Regarding Honors


Associate Degree candidates with the following cumulative grade point averages at the end of the Fall 2020 semester will be recognized at graduation as follows:

3.25 – 3.49                        With Honors

3.50 – 3.74                        With High Honors

3.75 – 4.00                        With Highest Honors

Please be reminded that this is a cumulative grade point average reflecting ALL COLLEGE WORK through Fall 2021. This includes college work completed both at Peralta and other colleges. Again, Certificate recipients are not eligible for honors.

For those students graduating with Associate Degrees in June 2021, your cumulative GPA will be recalculated once grades from Spring 2021 semester are finalized. If at that time you qualify for honors, your transcript will be appropriately noted.


Each year a class valedictorian and salutatorian are chosen from the candidates for the Associate Degree. Certificate candidates are not eligible.

The class valedictorian is the student in the graduating class with the highest cumulative grade point average at the end of the Fall 2021 semester. This individual will be asked to deliver a speech to the graduating class.

The class salutatorian is the student in the graduating class with the second highest cumulative grade point average at the end of the Fall 2021 semester. This individual will be asked to lead the class in the moving of the cap tassel at the end of the ceremony.


View the College of Alameda 2020 Virtual Graduation

2021 African and African American Virtual Graduation

More information coming soon.

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