The Ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 25 at the Center for Performing Arts (255 S Almaden Blvd, San Jose, CA 95113)
|Deadline to Petition for AA-T/AS–T Degrees for Spring Graduation||Thursday, February 16, 2017|
|Deadline to Petition for Spring Graduation||Wednesday, March 1, 2017|
|Grad/Transfer Fair||Wednesday, April 12, 2017|
|Commencement Ceremony||Thursday, May 25, 2017|
Free parking during Commencement Ceremony. No parking permit needed for the public.
Guest seating will be available beginning at 4:00 PM on a first-come; first-serve basis. Please be advised that the rows of chairs directly in front of the stage are reserved for our transfer and graduating students as well as faculty and staff. Chairs behind the roped off areas are open for general seating. Seating for those who need accommodation will be marked as such. Guests should pre-arrange this with Mike Scaletta from DESP by calling 408-741-2453 no later than Monday, May 22, 2017.
Professional photography company Grad Images will photograph each student participating in the Commencement Ceremony. Students will receive an email from the photographer approximately 72 hours following the ceremony and can purchase additional pictures directly from the company.
Participants should arrive to check-in by 3:00 PM wearing their cap and gown. Students will be given their RSVP information card at the check-in stations set-up by last name. Please do not bring any valuables at this time. Students will receive a printed program as you check-in.
Note:Transfer students who have RSVP'd with the Transfer Center will receive a white stole during check-in.
Tassels are worn on the RIGHT SIDE of your cap. Two lines will be formed.
Line up begins at 3:00 PM. Once you have checked in and have your information card, please proceed to the line-up area located around the corner from check-in and between Counseling and Business buildings. The order of the line-up is as follows:
Transferring students receiving a degree or certificate should line up and sit based on degree or certificate accomplishments. Students transferring only and not receiving a degree or certificate will be seated in a designated area. In lieu of cap or gown, the desired attire for Transferring students is “dressy casual” (i.e., a black dress or black shirt and slacks).
Lines will be led by faculty marshals and staff ushers who will lead students into the ceremony location. Stay in a straight line and find a seat quickly. The two lines will split off once in the ceremony site, so changing seats will not be possible. Students will walk through the faculty/staff tunnel down the center aisle. Upon arrival at appropriate row and seat, students should remain standing until College President Brad Davis asks for everyone to be seated.
When it is time to walk across the stage, a faculty/staff leader will ask students to exit their row and form a line. A picture will be taken shortly before students proceed up the ramp. Please hand information card to the readers at the bottom of the ramp of the stage. Readers will confirm the pronunciation of the full name. When a student's name is called, he or she proceed up the ramp and collect degree or certificate holder and/or transfer scroll with left hand and shake hands with the dignitaries with the right hand. Students will then have their picture taken with President Brad Davis, proceed down the ramp for another picture, and then be directed to return to their seat.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, students will be asked to turn your tassel to the left side. You will be led out of the ceremony down the center aisle by your faculty/staff leader and should keep walking in line until reception celebration. Do not stop. Family and friends will meet students at the reception area immediately following the ceremony.