The 2022 Commencement will be a hybrid celebration this year!

The Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be available for viewing Friday May 27, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. the link will be posted on this page. The virtual commencement will include pre-recorded speeches, acknowledgement of student awards, and a degree and certificate presentation for each participating graduate. An oncampus, in person celebration called CoA GradFest will take place on Friday, May 27, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The in-person celebration will not be a traditional graduation ceremony. There will be photo opportunities, activities, and grab-and-go gifts for the graduates.

Important Deadlines

* Friday, May 6, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Last day graduates can RSVP for participation in Commencement Activities. Link below.

* Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Last day graduates can submit their optional photo and message for participation in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony.

RSVP for Commencement HERE

Submit your Information for the Virtual Commencement HERE

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Information Regarding Honors


Associate Degree candidates with the following cumulative grade point averages at the end of the Fall 2021 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 2022, your cumulative GPA will be recalculated once grades from Spring 2022 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 11th. 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 hybrid commencement work?

Degree and Certificate Presentation – The name, degree and/or certificate for each participating graduate will be professionally announced and presented on an individual slide during the virtual commencement. Participating graduates will have the opportunity to customize their individual degree/certificate slide by adding a photo and/or special message. Participating graduates that choose not to create a custom slide, will have their degree and/or certificate information presented on a standard individual slide.

How to Participate – Graduates will be contacted by phone, text messaging (current phone number listed in the student record will be used) and/or email. Graduates can submit their information for participation in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony via the link above. Students should also RSVP to indicate if they will be participating in the virtual ceremony, in-person celebration, or both via the link above.

CoA GradFest Guest Policy –  Students will be allowed to bring no more than 2 guests per graduate. Masks must be worn at all times. Students must be prepared to provide clearance through Campus Shield. Guests must be prepared to be screened by BrightStar.

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 2022 semester.

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


View the College of Alameda 2021 Virtual Graduation