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Graduation Requirements

We are so proud of our Falcon alumni - and we want you to be among them! Once you have identified a major, or a degree or certificate path, meet regularly with a counselor to make sure you are on track for completing your desired degree or certificate program.

Degree Programs

Students planning to graduate with an associate in arts or science degree must meet the minimum requirements. View the Associate Degree Graduation Requirements worksheet.

Complete the Associate Degree Petition Form

Complete the Associate Degree for Transfer Petition Form

All summer and fall degree recipients and spring degree candidates will be invited to participate in an annual graduation ceremony, known as commencement, held at the end of each spring semester in May.

Certificate Programs

There are two types of certificates: Certificate of Achievement (with unit requirements of 18 and over) and Certificate of Recognition (with unit requirements less than 18 units). Depending on the program selected, training may take from six months to two years. Students may further their education by pursuing an associate degree or fulfilling university transfer requirements. Upon fulfillment of required courses, students can meet with a counselor to file a petition for certification or complete the certification petition form online.

Complete the Certificate Petition Form

Although some equivalent course work from other accredited institutions might apply toward a Certificate, a minimum of twelve (12) units must be completed at Folsom Lake College. A grade of C or better is required in each course leading to a certificate. Certificate programs with requirements of fewer than twelve (12) units may be completed by satisfying only the certificate program requirements (and do not need to meet residency). Note: Per Title 5 Regulation 55070.b, certificates of less than 18 units cannot be posted to a student transcript unless the certificate has been submitted to and approved by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.


Folsom Lake College has one graduation (also known as Commencement) ceremony each year at the end of the spring semester in May. Summer (August) and fall (December) graduates, and spring (May) candidates earning an associate or ADT degree may participate. All students who are eligible for an associate degree must petition by the deadline date.