Degree/Certificate Petition Information

Candidates for degree/certificate must initiate a petition with the Admissions and Records Office or Online.

Students are encouraged to fill out degree/certificate petitions at least one semester in advance of the planned graduation/completion term.

Deadline to submit your degree or your certificate petition is:

Spring–1st Friday of March

Fall–1st Friday of October

Summer–3rd Friday of June

Late petitions will be process by the following semester/session.

Students may graduate at the end of the fall semester, spring semester, or summer session. However, the Commencement Ceremony is held only once a year in May. All students receiving degrees are encouraged to attend to celebrate their academic achievement.

Sacramento City College offers associate degrees, associate degrees for transfer, certificates of achievement, and certificates, as well as courses in general education.

In order to receive a degree or certificate, all requirements of that degree or certificate must have been met by the end of the term in which you petition. It is highly recommended that you meet with a counselor prior to submitting your graduation/certificate petition to ensure that you have met all the requirements for graduation.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

All students MUST satisfy the following four requirements (1, 2, 3, 4) to earn an Associate in Arts/Science degree:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 degree applicable units with a grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average). A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Sacramento City College.
  2. Complete each required course with a grade of “C” or better for a “MAJOR” offered at Sacramento City College (see catalog for the list of majors).
  3. Complete all general education requirements, Areas I, II (a & b), III (a & b, or c), IV, V (a & b), and VI.
  4. Complete all three (3) Competency Requirements (reading, writing, and mathematics).

EXCEPTION: Students who possess a baccalaureate or higher degree completed at a college or university accredited through a CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) recognized Regional Accrediting Agency will have satisfied general education and competency requirements for the AA or AS degree. Degrees from accredited institutions outside of the United States will be evaluated on a individual basis.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

California Community Colleges are now offering associate in arts (AA-T) and associate in science (AS-T) degrees for transfer to the California State University (CSU) system. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admissions with junior standing in the CSU system and are given priority admission consideration to their local CSU. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or universities.

To earn an associate transfer degree, students must complete the following requirements:

(1) Completion of a minimum of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

(A) The California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements (CSU)or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. ADTs also require that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Certificates Requirements

Sacramento City College offers two types of Certificates:

Certificate of Achievement (COA) is offered to students who complete the program requirements. Certificates of Achievement (12 units or more of degree-applicable courses) are intended to certify that students completing all required courses for a major are prepared to enter the careers designated on their certificates. Certificates of Achievement require grades of “C” or better in each course with a minimum of 12 units completed at Sacramento City College.

Certificates (C) are intended to certify that students completing all required courses for a major are prepared to meet specific occupational needs, upgrade skills, or for advancement in an existing career. Certificates require 11.5 units or less with grades of “C” or better in each course. The certificate requires that all courses listed in the Required Program of study be completed at Sacramento City College.

Admissions and Records:


Student Services Building, STS 103
3835 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822


Monday – Thursday  8 am – 6 pm
Friday  8 am – 4 pm

Contact Information

Phone: 916-558-2351

Counselor Center:


Rodda Hall North, RHN 147
3835 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822


Monday – Thursday  8 am – 6 pm
Friday  8 am – 5 pm
Please note: Counselor access may finish earlier each day, depending upon availability.

Contact Information

Phone: 916-558-2204