• In order to graduate, a student must submit an Application for Graduation by the specified deadline.
  • Students may graduate with honors as described below.


Graduate caps in air  Applying to Graduate

  • Submit an Application for Graduation to the Records Office during the final semester on campus.
  • Pay the Graduation fee* of $60 to the Business Office (credit card payments can only be accepted through the YCP web).

*Note:  Every student who intends to graduate MUST complete the Application for Graduation and pay the graduation fee whether or not the student chooses to attend the commencement ceremony.*

Deadlines for submitting the Application for Graduation and Fee:

  • May graduation Deadline is February 5
  • August graduation Deadline is July 15
  • December graduation Deadline is September 15


Graduation cap and gown orders can be placed online at the bookstore by selecting the cap and gown package that you need (payment is required). 

  • Bachelors Package  $52
  • Masters Package     $55
  • Associates Package $27

Pre-ordering your graduation cap and gown is REQUIRED by February 26, 2016.  When you order by February 26th you will receive a 10% discount (on package orders only).  Distribution of cap and gown orders is Wednesday, April 13th at Grad Finale 10am-6pm in the Bookstore. 


Commencement Information and Instructions

Commencement ceremonies are held twice a year in May and December. Information about the ceremonies are communicated through portal announcements and via email to the YCP email addresses for all applicants.  Please check this site in early-to-mid March/October for details about commencement.  Students who meet the graduation requirements in August are invited to participate in either the May or December commencement.

A student may receive only one degree in a given semester. For example, a student may not receive an associate degree and a baccalaureate degree in the same semester. In addition, a student may receive one associate degree and one baccalaureate degree in that order from York College (see Programs of Study in the College Catalog).

To earn a degree awarded in May, a student may complete the final degree requirement by enrolling in the mini-mester session for no more than one academic course and/or physical education course for a maximum of four credits. Student completing graduation requirements during any other summer sessions will receive their diploma in late August and are invited to participate in the May or December commencement ceremonies. Students graduating in May, August, or December are considered graduates of that calendar year.

Late application for graduation

Late application for graduation will result in an additional fee and a significant delay in the receipt of the diploma. It is imperative that application for a degree be made by the deadline published each semester.

Graduation Honors

Students are eligible for graduation honors based upon their entire academic record, (which includes the previous academic record of transfer students.) Transfer students may be eligible for graduation honors after a minimum of 60 graded credit hours of academic work are completed at York College. Graduation honors will be awarded on the basis of the cumulative GPA of all York College and all previously completed college work.

*Graduation honors recognized by York College are:

1. Summa Cum Laude: 3.90 and above
2. Magna Cum Laude: 3.70-3.89
3. Cum Laude: 3.50-3.69

Because the fall and spring Commencement ceremonies occur before all of the student's final semester grades have been tabulated, Graduation Honors as listed in the Commencement Program will be based on the student's cumulative GPA prior to their final semester of coursework. Graduation Honors noted on the official transcript with degree verification will be based on the students final cumulative GPA.