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Graduation Information

Congratulations to our Summer 2 2023 Graduates! Please check your BHCC email for information regarding your diploma and official transcripts!

The Fall 2023 Graduation Application is now open and will close on October 16th, 2023.

Apply Now to Graduate


June 5, 2023- First Day of Summer I 2023 Classes

June 7, 2023- Last Day for Adjusting Summer I 2023 schedule (add/drop)

June 21, 2023-Summer 2023 Graduation Application Closes 

July 3, 2023- Fall 2023 Graduation Application Opens

July 17, 2023- First Day of Summer II 2023 Classes

July 19, 2023 - Last Day for Adjusting Summer II 2023 schedule (add/drop)

August 26, 2023 Last Day of Summer II 2023 Classes

September 5, 2023 First Day of Fall 2023 Classes

September 13, 2023 Last Day for Adjusting Fall 2023 schedule (add/drop)

October 16, 2023 Fall 2023 Graduation Application Closes

November 6, 2023 Spring 2024 Graduation Application Opens 

December 18, 2023 Last Day of Fall 2023 Classes

Graduation is the date or term in which you have completed your program. You can graduate in any of the following terms: Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and Summer 2. Commencement is the ceremony that takes place to recognize the current graduates, past graduates and future graduates of that year. Commencement takes place every May.

Please note: Students who have 2 courses or fewer to complete in the summer must register for summer classes and submit the summer graduation application before the deadline, if they want to participate in Commencement. The Academic Records Office will review the student's record and send a communication to the student's BHCC email when the review is complete. 

To find out more information about the ceremony, cap and gowns and any other details please visit the Commencement page.

Students are awarded the Associate in Science or Associate in Arts degree, if they:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (exclusive of developmental courses) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.0 (exclusive of developmental courses).  Each program of study lists the total credits required for completion.
  • Earn a minimum of 15 credits through courses enrolled and successfully completed at BHCC (25% of the total credits for the program of study must be earned at BHCC).
  • Complete all program requirements.
  • Meet all requirements of the College, including payment of any outstanding financial obligations and submission of state-mandated immunization requirements.

BHCC diplomas say either Associate in Science or Associate in Arts; the program of study appears on the official BHCC transcript.

To qualify for a BHCC certificate, complete all course requirements for the certificate with a minimum of 25 percent of the required credit hours successfully completed at BHCC with a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 (exclusive of developmental courses).

If you are not sure if you are getting close to graduation:

  • Run a Program Evaluation in your MyBHCC account.
  • Direct questions to:
    • assigned Advisor; or
    • Department Chair; or
    • meet with an Advisor in the LifeMap Commons, room E235.

Students can complete the online Graduation Application. Sign in to BHCCselfservice 
Download the Graduation Application Instructions

Students may apply to earn additional degrees and certificates. To qualify, complete the required courses for each degree, as well as a minimum of 15 credit hours beyond the first and any subsequent degrees. After completing a graduation application, email graduation@bhcc.edu to request to be evaluated for the completion of more than one program.

Students enrolled in a certificate or degree program who anticipate completing all program requirements should apply for graduation in the semester they anticipate graduating or in the semester prior to their anticipated graduation.

If you are going to finish all requirements in:Apply to Graduate:
Summer (July or August) April - June 
Fall (December) July- October
Spring (May or June) December- March 


Please double check updates on Academic Calendar and Important Graduation Dates for specific application deadlines. 

Bunker Hill Community College recognizes students’ academic achievement by applying the following designations to students’ diplomas and transcripts who have earned exemplary grade point averages during their stay at the College:

Highest Honors: Students who have completed degree requirements with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.90 - 4.00, less developmental credits.

High Honors: Students who have completed degree requirements with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.50 - 3.89, less developmental credits.

Honors: Students who have completed degree requirements with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.30 - 3.49, less developmental credits.

The College also gives honors awards for the highest grade point average, less developmental credits, in each program.

Additionally, students who have participated in Commonwealth Honors Program may graduate as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar.

To access your GPA, log-in to your BHCC Self Service, click on the Student Planning tab and select the My Progress page.

In the At a Glance section, you will find your GPA for ALL courses you have taken at BHCC, including developmental courses:

In the At a Glance section

To locate your Cumulative college level GPA click on Program Notes:

The GPA that is listed next to Cum Less Dev GPA is the GPA that will be used for graduation and honors purposes. Your GPA needs to be above a 2.0 to be eligible for graduation.

BHCC requires that students apply for graduation

Once you submit your application, an email confirmation will be sent to your BHCC email. The Academic Records Office will continue to communicate with you via BHCC email about your graduation application status. Due to high volume, please allow at least two weeks for the Academic Records Office to send an initial communication. If you have applied and have not heard back from the Academic Records Office within two weeks, please email graduation@bhcc.edu


If you have applied for graduation and you have been sent an email communication stating you are “pending completion”, your status may change  based on the following:

  • You withdraw from courses or you alter your registration
  • You have previous degree(s) or certificate(s) that conflict with current graduation application
  • You receive an NA grade
  • You receive an IP grade
  • You have submitted CLEP results that are not eligible for credit
  • You have submitted a course substitution/waiver that was not approved by the Dean of your program
  • You have submitted transfer credit that was not accepted towards your program requirements

BHCC graduates students three times per year. 

Successfully complete all courses and requirements by the end of: Degree posted (i.e. on academic transcript) and diploma mailed:
Summer (July or August) September/October
Fall (December)    January/February
Spring (May or June)       June/July


Diplomas will be available after Final Reviews are conducted. After the official graduation date, degree evaluations will be reviewed again by the graduation team to double check all requirements have been completed. Due to high volume of applications, this process can take 4-6 weeks after the graduation date has passed. Instructions to receive your Diploma or Certificate will be sent directly to your BHCC email.

 **BHCC diplomas say Associate Arts or Associate Science; the major will not appear on the diploma, but is listed on the BHCC transcript

If you need an additional copy of your diploma or certificate there is a $10.00 fee, please download and fill out the Duplicate Diploma Request Form and follow the instruction. You will submit form to Student Central.

*Please be sure to check Diploma Name on your Graduation application for any errors. Diplomas or certificates that need to be reprinted due to misspelling will be subject to $10.00 fee.

If you are graduating but looking to take additional courses not connected to a program, please reapply to the college by completing a Guest Application prior to your graduating: https://www.bhcc.edu/admissions/gueststudents/.

If you are graduating but looking to complete another program, please work with your advisor or LifeMap & Advising to add the additional program prior to you graduating.


Charlestown Campus
Second Floor, B-Building
Phone: 617-228-2403
Fax: 617-228-2082
Email: academicservices@bhcc.edu

Office Hours
Mon-Thu, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Fri, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.