Congratulations to all West Valley College graduates.
The SCCC has ample parking for students and guests. No parking permits are required.
Caps and Gowns can be reserved through the Viking Bookstore in the Campus Center during the Grad/Transfer Fair on Wednesday, April 13.
Tickets are not required for commencement
A professional photography company will photograph each student participating in the commencement ceremony. You will receive an email from the photographer approximately 72 hours following the ceremony and can purchase additional pictures directly from the company. The company is called "Grad Images." www.gradimages.com
To order WVC graduation announcements, rings, and other accessories: Herff Jones website
Participants should arrive to check-in by 3:45pm wearing their cap and gown if they are graduating or business attire for those students who are transferring. You will be given your RSVP information card at one of the check-in stations. Please do not bring any valuables with you at this time. You will receive a printed program as you check-in.
Line-up is at 4:00pm. Once you have checked in and have your information card, please proceed to the line-up area located at the Student Staging Area.
If you are transferring only and not receiving a degree or certificate, you will be seated in a designated area.
After the Ceremony, you will be ushered to the Reception area. Guests will be able to meet you there. There will be a ceremonial cutting of the cake and hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will be many great locations to take photos during the reception.
FREE on Commencement day, 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. We have seating for those who need accommodation and 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 23rd, 2016.
A professional photography company will photograph each student participating in the commencement ceremony. You will receive an email from the photographer approximately 72 hours following the ceremony and can purchase additional pictures directly from the company. The company is called "Grad Images."www.gradimages.com
Participants should arrive to check-in by 3:00 PM wearing their cap and gown. You will be given your RSVP information card at the check-in stations set-up by last name. Please do not bring any valuables with you at this time. You will receive a printed program as you check-in.
Note: If you are transferring and have RSVP'd with the Transfer Center, you will be receiving a “white stole” during check-in.
Tassels are worn on the RIGHT SIDE of your cap. Two lines will be formed.
Line-up is 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:
(1) Transfer Only (Blue dots)
(2) Certificate candidates Only (Green dots)
(3) Certificate & Degree candidates (Yellow dots)
(4) Degree candidates Only (Red dots)
If you are transferring and receiving a degree or certificate, you should line-up and sit based on your degree or certificate accomplishments. If you are transferring only and not receiving a degree or certificate, you will be seated in your own designated area. In addition, since you will not be wearing a cap or gown, the desired attire is “dressy casual” (i.e., a black dress or black shirt and slacks).
Your line will be led by faculty marshals and staff ushers who will lead you into the ceremony location. Stay in a straight line as you proceed into the ceremony. You will need to find your chair in your row quickly. If you want to sit with your friends, in the line-up area you should make sure they are either in front or behind you in the line, NOT in the line across from you. The two lines will split off once in the ceremony site and you will not be able to move seats. You will walk through the faculty/staff tunnel down the center aisle. Once you are in your row and have found your seat, PLEASE REMAIN STANDING UNTIL OUR COLLEGE PRESIDENT, MR. BRAD DAVIS ASKS YOU TO BE SEATED.
When it is your rows’ turn to walk across the stage, your faculty/staff leader will ask that you exit your row and form a line under the colonnade in front of the AAS building. A picture will be taken of you shortly before you proceed up the ramp. Please hand your information card to the readers at the bottom of the ramp of the stage. They will confirm with you the pronunciation of your full name. When your name is called, proceed up the ramp and collect your degree or certificate holder and/or transfer scroll with your left hand and shake hands with the dignitaries with your right hand. You will then have your picture taken with President Bradley J. Davis, J.D. and then you will proceed down the ramp for another picture and then be directed to return to your seat.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, you will be asked to turn your tassel to the left side of your cap by Saratoga Mayor, Emily Lo. You will be led out of the ceremony down the center aisle by your faculty/staff leader and should keep walking in your line until you have walked back the free reception-celebration. DO NOT STOP! Your family and friends will meet you at the Reception area immediately following the ceremony.