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2020 Vision: Beyond Dreaming; Onward To Achieving

Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) will celebrate its 2020 Commencement. The theme is "2020 Vision: Beyond Dreaming; Onward To Achieving."

Please note: Due to the coronavirus, all students who have worked so hard to walk the Commencement stage will be able to celebrate graduating from Los Angeles Southwest College and loved ones will be able to experience this moment just as if they were sitting in the stands at Cougars Stadium. At this time, the Los Angeles Community College District and Los Angeles Southwest College Commencement Committee are working to determine what this celebration will look like. Please continue to check this webpage for the latest information. For a message from LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez on Commencement, visit this link. 



Conferring of Degrees

Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) awards the Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Arts for Transfer (A.A.-T.), and Associate of Science for Transfer (A.S.-T.) degrees in selected curricula to indicate the satisfactory completion of 60 or more units of course credits. 

LASC's Counseling Office and the Office of Admissions & Records will evaluate all petitions for graduation to determine eligibility for A.A., A.S., A.A.-T as well as A.S-T. degrees. 

Students who applied for 2019 summer and fall degrees have been evaluated and awarded and thus are classified as graduates. Students who applied for a 2020 spring degree will be evaluated once the semester’s final grades have been submitted and thus are classified as candidates for graduation.

Graduates and candidates for graduation will receive a commemorative diploma cover at the Commencement ceremony to symbolize the conferring of a degree.

Once final grades have been reviewed and applied to transcripts, the Office of Admissions & Records will send a letter to students indicating that their degrees are ready and may be picked up in the Admissions & Records Office at LASC. A graduate's degree information will also be posted on your official transcript. 

Petitioning for Graduation

All students who believe they have met degree requirements must complete a graduation petition in order to receive their degree.  All coursework must be completed or in progress to be completed at the time of filing. The first day to file a graduation petition follows the last day to add a class.

Coursework completed at institutions outside the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) must be documented with an official transcript filed in LASC's Office of Admissions and Records. 

Academic Honors

Academic honors are determined by the Fall 2019 cumulative grade point average.

Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 graduates are eligible for Commencement Honors.  Academic Honors for Spring 2019 graduates will be represented on student transcripts as well as on degrees once final grades are posted. 

Los Angeles Southwest College is governed by the National Honors Society to issue Academic Honors at the Commencement ceremony in the following manner:

3.30 to 3.59-grade point average: Cum Laude

3.60 to 3.79 GPA: Magna Cum Laude

3.80 to 4.00 GPA: Summa Cum Laude       

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The valedictorian is the graduate with the highest grade point average in this class. 

The salutatorian has the second-highest grade point average. 

Final grades through the Fall 2019 term are used to determine the grade point average.


By participating in Commencement, you give your permission to Los Angeles Southwest College to use your likeness in college marketing efforts.