Graduation Commencement Ceremony

Graduation Frequently Asked Questions

What is the date and time for the graduation ceremony?
What is the schedule for the graduate program's hooding ceremonies?
Is there a limit to the number of guests I can invite?
How long does the ceremony typically take?
Is there a reception afterward?
Is there a charge for parking on graduation day?
Will there be a graduation rehearsal?
What time and where should I arrive for graduation?
Who is eligible to participate in the ceremony?
How can I pick up my required graduation check in card?
What should I do if I am graduating and need special accommodation for the procession as well as the ceremony?
Will my name be in the Graduation Program? 
Who will be the speakers at this year's ceremony?
What time should my guests arrive for the ceremony?
Is there special seating for elderly and/or disabled?
Where can my guests go if it is raining or too hot?
Will my diploma be available to me on graduation day?
Am I graduated if I walk in the ceremony?
Am I required to wear a cap and gown?
Where do I purchase my cap and gown?
Where do I get graduation announcements?
Where can I purchase a graduation t-shirt?
Does the college have a photographer available?
Where do I get graduation flowers?
Will Food Service be available on Graduation Day?
Will the college have a DVD available of the ceremony?
Who can I contact with any further questions?

What is the date and time for the graduation ceremony?
Graduation will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 1 PM on Red Square – rain or shine.

What is the schedule for the graduate program hooding ceremonies?
Ask your graduate program for details.


Is there a limit to the number of guests I can invite?
No, there is no limit to the number of guests you can invite.

How long does the ceremony typically take?
Approximately 3 hours. With all the festivities, and 1000 or more graduates to recognize, commencement will last about 3 hours. Please let your guests know to expect that and plan accordingly. In addition, because the last person recognized deserves the same support, respect and celebration as the first, we ask that you please return to your seat after you've crossed the stage. Your presence is part of the graduation experience for those that follow. Your fellow graduates, and their families and friends, will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Is there a reception afterward?
Yes – in the 2nd floor Lobby of the Daniel J. Evans Library.

Is there a charge for parking on graduation day?
No – parking is free but be prepared for high traffic.  The roundabout will become highly congested.  Van service will be provided to transport people who must park at a distance

Will there be a graduation rehearsal?
No, but you will get the information you need from the check in process, this list of Frequently Asked Questions and the graduation web site.

What time and where should I arrive for graduation?
Candidates should meet at the Lab I/Lecture Hall Courtyard at 12:30pm to begin the procession by 1pm.

Who is eligible to participate in the ceremony?
Any student who has applied to graduate for the 2013-2014 academic year-fall, winter, spring and summer quarters-and paid the required $25 graduation fee. 

How can I pick up my required graduation check in card?
You will have opportunities to pick up your check in card the week prior to the ceremony.

You can pick up a friend’s card with a signed consent statement from them. 

What should I do if I am graduating and need special accommodation for the procession as well as the ceremony?
Please see Michele Elhardt in Enrollment Services, Lib 1245 to discuss your needs so that we may assist you.

Will my name be in the Graduation Program? 
Only if you applied to graduate by April 15th.

Who will be the speakers at this year's ceremony?
The graduating students chose Winona LaDuke as this year’s guest speaker. Student and faculty speakers are yet to be determined.


What time should my guests arrive for the ceremony?
Seating is first come, first served.  It is not unusual to see people arrive at noon or earlier since parking is challenging.

Is there special seating for elderly and/or disabled?
Yes and there will be program ushers that can direct people to this area.  Seating is limited.  It is recommended that the elderly or disabled guests are dropped off at the Library Loop at the top of Red Square.  There is expanded disabled parking area in both Parking Lots B and C.

Where can my guests go if it is raining or too hot?
The ceremony will be broadcast in all of the Lecture Halls as well as Seminar II Building Rooms 2107 and 2109.

Will my diploma be available to me on graduation day?
Diplomas will not be available on graduation day.  Students who have applied to graduate for fall and winter quarters may have already received their diplomas prior to the ceremony. Spring diplomas will be mailed beginning in August once we receive them from the printer as well as after all credit is posted.  If all credit is posted, Registration can provide students with a graduation certificate prior to the diploma being mailed. 

Am I graduated if I walk in the ceremony?
Graduation is confirmed once all credit is awarded and degree requirements are met. The ceremony is simply a celebration.

Am I required to wear a cap and gown?
No – but many do.

Where do I purchase my cap and gown?
See the Greener Store Website.

Where do I get graduation announcements?

See the Greener Store Website.

Where can I purchase a graduation t-shirt?
At the Greener Store.

Does the college have a photographer available?
Yes – put your email address on the graduation check in card so that the photographer can email you a copy of the proof for purchase.  Everyone has their picture taken two times, as they receive their diploma covers and as they exit the stage.  You can log in at www.gradimages.com for Pre-Event Registration.  There is no obligation to purchase pictures.

Where do I get graduation flowers?
The Office of Admission will be selling fresh Hawaiian Leis on graduation day. Leis are $11 each or $10 each if you but 5 or more. Graduations day sales and pre-paid lei pick up will be at the top of the bus loop/Red Square starting at 10:00 a.m. Please pick up all orders by 1:30 p.m.

Will Food Service be available on Graduation Day?
Food and drink will be available on campus. The MarketPlace will be open – College Activities Building (CAB) 2nd Floor- and The Flaming Eggplant will be open on Red Square.

Will the college have a DVD available of the ceremony?
Yes – the Greener Store will be selling DVDs of the graduation ceremony.   

Who can I contact with any further questions?
Email us anytime!