Commencement Ceremony 2013
Date: Saturday, June 29
Time: 9 - 11 a.m.
Our keynote speaker will be Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and founder of Define American, a campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. Read more about Vargas.
APPLY for Graduation
to participate in June Ceremony
If you plan to graduate this spring, file for your degree by Friday, June 28 to participate in the commencement activities on June 29. To meet the deadline, please allow yourself enough time to complete the application process.
The deadline to file for graduation to have your name included in the printed commencement ceremony program has been extended to May 24.
How to File for Graduation
- Download and fill out the Graduation Application for an Associates Degree PDF form online. Then print and sign it.
- Do a degree audit through DegreeWorks in MyPortal.
- Print out your degree audit report and attach to application.
- Submit to the Admissions and Records Drop Box, located outside the south entrance of the Student and Community Services building. See map for location.
If you need assistance with your degree audit and/or completing your degree application, make a walk-in appointment in the Counseling and Advising Center.
Students completing their degree requirements in the summer may participate in the ceremony.
Summer graduates will need to submit an application in person before the commencement ceremony on June 29. Those students should come to the Graduation Open House or see a counselor by noon on Friday, June 28.
As many as 5,000 people, including family and friends of the graduates, as well as faculty and staff, have attended previous graduation ceremonies. Therefore, we suggest that guests arrive early. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.
Please come prepared for hot weather; bring sunscreen, a hat or umbrella and water. No tickets are required and parking for this event is free.
Cap and Gowns and Other Information about Graduation Day
Caps and gowns: Graduation caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the Bookstore and at the Stadium prior to the ceremony.
Find out more about what you need to know about graduation day, including time lines, disability-related questions, graduating with honors and photographs.
For all other questions about the graduation ceremony, call the Educational Resources Office at 408.864.8758.