Information for students participating in the Commencement Ceremony
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Details on Petition to Graduate information may be found here:
Petition to Graduate online form:
For detailed information on grades, petitions, or transcripts please contact Admissions and Records
The Commencement ceremony is a ticketed event and tickets will be required for graduates and guests regardless of age. Graduates will be permitted to bring a maximum of 4 guests. A separate email will be sent to graduates in the next few weeks with the ticket reservation link. Tickets will be available beginning on Monday, May 8, 2023 through 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2023. Tickets will not be available after this date.
Tickets will be required for entry into the graduation ceremony for both graduates and guests. Due to space limitations and for the safety of graduates, guests, and members of the campus community, additional guests will NOT be permitted under any circumstance.
Campus Life & Student Engagement will host the Grad Fair on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm inside the Student Center. The event will provide you with an opportunity to purchase your cap and gown, take and order formal pictures in cap and gown, check the spelling of your name for the diploma and graduation program, and pick up special graduation regalia including gold honor cords for honor graduates.
Graduates will receive 20% off on a variety of cap & gown packages during the week of Grad Fair (May 8-12, 2023).
Additional information can be found on the Grad Fair webpage
School of Allied Health, School of Business, School of Math, Sciences, Engineering and the School of Public Safety Commencement Ceremony:
The ceremony starts on Friday, June 2, 2023, at 8:30 am, in the Honor Grove at the Valencia Campus. Graduates will need to check-in and arrive at the walkway between the tennis courts and the East PE & West PE buildings, no later than 7:15 am dressed in their cap & gown and bring their Commencement ceremony ticket.
School of Applied Technology, School of Humanities, School of Kinesiology, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Visual and Performing Arts Commencement Ceremony:
The ceremony starts on Friday, June 2, 2023 at 6:00 pm, in the Honor Grove at the Valencia Campus. Graduates will need to check-in and arrive at the walkway between the tennis courts and the East PE & West PE buildings, no later than 4:45 pm dressed in their cap & gown and bring their Commencement ceremony ticket.
Photographers from GradImages will be present to take pictures of the graduates as they accept their diplomas on stage. Photo proofs will be emailed directly to each graduate. Spectators and guests will NOT be allowed to crowd the stage or aisles to take pictures during the ceremony.
Commencement is a dignified occasion. Participants are expected to conduct themselves accordingly. The behavior of each graduate helps to set the tone for this important event.
Graduates are expected to stay for the entire duration of the ceremony. Graduates are also urged to use the restroom prior to the start of the ceremony.
Graduates and guests look forward to this milestone with excitement and anticipation. For many guests, Commencement is their first visit to our campus. The ceremony and appropriate behavior by the graduates will create positive memories for all who attend.
In recognition of those students graduating with honors, students will be awarded with a gold honor cord.
In order to receive an honor cord, graduating students must have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or greater in all cumulative degree applicable units from regionally-accredited colleges attended prior to their Spring 2023 at College of the Canyons.
Honor cords will be available to pick up at the Grad Fair. Gold honor cords may also be picked up in Campus Life & Student Engagement (STCN-102) for any honor graduate unable to attend the Grad Fair, during regular hours of operation (Monday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.). Please note that Campus Life & Student Engagement will be closed the week of May 29, 2023 due to Commencement preparation.
The COC Bookstore has caps, tassels, and gowns available for purchase in assorted sizes. Plan to pick up your cap, tassel, and gown as early as possible to ensure having the correct size and fit. Some sizes are limited so please visit the Bookstore as soon as you can and do not wait until the day of Commencement. Graduates will not be allowed to participate in the Commencement ceremony using caps and gowns that are not COC’s colors. Also available for purchase are souvenir tassels, stoles, and diploma frames. Personalized graduation announcements are also available for purchase online.
College of the Canyons Bookstore: (661) 362-3225
A.A./A.S/AA-T/Certificate of Achievement candidates should make a special effort to check their student copy of the graduation petition submitted with Counseling. A copy should have been provided for personal records and reference. It is important to check for correct degree(s), major(s), certificate(s) and spelling of the name, and to update Admissions and Records should any changes be needed. Any updates for name change only should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the necessary changes.
If there are questions concerning any degree or certificate programs or requirements, please email the Counseling Department at: email@example.com. All changes must be made by May 9, 2023 in order for your name and certificate to be in the official Commencement program.
Printed programs will be available for graduates and guests during check-in.
All parking will be provided free of charge on Commencement Day except in staff lots and lot 12. Students and or guests found parking in those lots may be ticketed by Campus Safety.
Traffic may be heavy, therefore please plan to arrive early. Graduates and guests should leave plenty of lead-time to prevent getting caught in traffic. Graduates and guests are encouraged to park in the parking structure located at the corner of Valencia Blvd. and Rockwell Canyon Rd.
Additional parking will be available in any of the student lots. Guests/graduates found parking in any staff lots may be ticketed by Campus Safety.
Diplomas are NOT issued at the Commencement ceremony. Diplomas for spring and summer graduates will be automatically mailed to you from the Admissions and Records Office.
Graduates needing special arrangements or assistance should contact the Campus Life & Student Engagement at (661) 362-3238 by May 18, 2023.
A map of the Valencia campus can be found here: Valencia Campus Map
If you have any questions about Commencement, please make sure to stop by the Grad Fair on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 between 10:00 a.m.-7:00p.m. in the Student Center or visit our website.
You may also email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (661) 362-3238.
Please note that the Campus Life & Student Engagement office will be closed during the week of May 29-June 2, 2023 and staff will not be available to respond to messages due to Commencement preparation during that time.