Graduation is an exciting time for you to recognize your accomplishments and celebrate this exciting milestone. We are pleased to welcome you into the family of Matador graduates!

Graduation Process

In the final semester of enrollment in your academic program, you should apply for graduation.

Apply for Graduation

Complete the Graduation Application through your Self-Service account NO LATER than 5 pm on the corresponding deadline.

Graduation Deadline:
First Monday in November

Graduation Deadline:
First Monday in March

Graduation Deadline:
First Monday in June


To be eligible for graduation, you must:

  • Meet the basic requirements for associate degree or certificate as listed in the General Program Requirements section of the College Catalog.
    Note: a minimum of “C” grade and a minimum of 2.00 GPA is required for all courses in a certificate or degree program.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to review your Academic Program Evaluation
  • Provide official transfer credit documentation including Advanced Placement credit, military transcripts, CLEP scores, etc. (if applicable)

Graduation Notification

You will receive notice of your eligibility status for graduation via email to your ToroMail account. Be sure to follow any direction given to you in order to complete the graduation process.


Diplomas will be available for distribution four to six weeks after they have been posted to your academic record. You will be notified by ToroMail when your diploma is ready for pickup. Diplomas not picked up after two weeks will be mailed to the address on file. To ensure your address is correct, check your Student Planning account and make necessary changes as soon as possible. A Student Information Update Form must be submitted for any formal name changes.

*You must clear any indebtedness to the College with the AWC Cashier before the end of the semester you intend to graduate or your diploma or official transcript will not be released.

Academic Distinction

Students who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher will receive Academic Distinction upon completion of a degree. (Degrees only)

Academic Distinction

Academic Distinction

Academic Distinction


Additional Degrees/Majors

Students may earn recognition of an additional major if all degree/major requirements have been completed and the normal application process is followed.

Commencement Ceremony

We look forward to honoring our 2020 graduates for their hard work and achievement. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our annual commencement ceremony will be held virtually. Tune in to AWC’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15. Students and their families can also watch via AWC TV on cable channel 74 in Yuma or at

Commencement Ceremony Details

We look forward to honoring our 2020 graduates for their hard work and achievement. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our annual commencement ceremony will be held virtually on May 15th at 7:00 p.m. via AWC’s Facebook Livestream and on channel 74. A graduation package containing a cap, tassel and honor cord will be sent to eligible graduates who have submitted an RSVP. Graduates will receive further information through their Toro email.

Graduates are also invited to join our AWC Commencement 2020 Facebook Group to interact with your fellow graduates, share memories of your time at AWC, and celebrate virtually with families, friends, faculty, staff, and the community.

Finally, any graduate who still wants the in-person experience of an AWC Commencement is welcome to participate in the 2021 ceremony next May. An invitation will be sent to eligible graduates at a later time.

Beyond AWC

For many students, AWC is just the beginning of their educational journey. Our students go on to universities all over the world and complete bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. We are proud to provide students with their foundation for future academic success!

Transfer Information

Although it’s best to plan your transfer early, it’s never too late to decide to transfer your AWC credits to a four-year institution. The staff in our Transfer Services office will answer your questions, connect you with university representatives, and get you pointed in the right direction to pursue your bachelor’s degree.

Alumni Association

Stay connected and continue to show your Matador pride as an AWC graduate by joining the AWC Alumni Association.