Commencement Ceremony

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Countdown to Commencement on May 24!









Thursday, May 24th 2018 @ 5:30PM – Central Quad

Graduation ceremony, also known as Commencement, takes place every year towards the end of May. It is a special time of the year where we celebrate your success! During the week of April 23rd, all Summer and Fall 2017 awarded-graduates, and Spring 2018 petitioned-graduates will receive an invitation to RSVP for the ceremony.

Graduation is held in cap and gown.  They will be available for purchase at the bookstore starting on Monday April 23rd. The last day to pick up your cap and gown will be on graduation day at 1:00 pm. If this prohibits participation, please contact Valerie Venegas at

On the day of graduation, you will meet at the Central Quad from 1 pm to 2:15 pm for rehearsal and check-in. During check-in, you will pick up your name card. Please do not misplace your name card as you will hand this to our ceremony announcer as you approach the stage during the ceremony.

During the ceremony, you will receive a diploma holder as your name is announced on stage. Diploma holders are only given to graduating students who attend the ceremony.

Please note for all Spring 2018 petitioned-graduates: Final evaluations begin after the end of spring semester, May 27th. This means that even though you may attend the ceremony, your petition may be rescinded if any requirements are not met during the final evaluations.

1.     Complete the online RSVP for commencement starting on Monday April 23rd to Sunday May 20th.

2.     Purchase cap and gown starting on April 23rd.

3.     Complete any in-progress requirements.

4.     Rehearsal and check-in on May 24th at 1 pm.

5.     Have fun celebrating your success at Golden West College!

Graduation Day Timeline:
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
– Meet at the Central Quad for rehearsal and check-in

4:30 pm – Late check-in by the Business Building

5:00 pm – Processional formation begins by the Business Building

5:30 pm – Ceremony begins (Reception after)

For further questions regarding graduation you may contact the Graduation Clerk, Cherry Nguyen at