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Commencement Checklist

Commencement
Checklist

Mark your calendars NOW and send announcements to your family and friends. The 2020 San Diego Mesa College Commencement Ceremony is on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm. 

☑ Register to Participate in the Commencement Ceremony

You MUST register to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

  • Deadline to Register: TBA
  • The registration information, including website, will be included in your invitation that will be mailed to you. Invitations will be mailed out beginning late March (for Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 graduates) through mid-April (for Spring 2020 graduates).
  • If you did not receive your invitation or are having problems with the registration website contact the Evaluations Office at 619-388-2680 or email them at mesaevaluations@sdccd.edu

☑ Caps and Gowns

You are required to wear commencement regalia, which includes a cap and gown. Caps and gowns can be purchased in the Mesa Bookstore. The cost is approximately $30.00 plus tax. 

grad Fest 2019

Get your cap and gown at the Mesa Grad Fest - date: TBA.  If you purchase your regalia during Grad Fest you'll receive 10% off the cost of the cap and gown. There will also be 20% off graduation sashes, keychains, mugs, diploma frames, and emblematic items. Click here for a 2019 Grad Fest flyer. 

You will also be able to pick-up guest tickets during Grad Fest at the Mesa Campus Bookstore location. *Picture ID required*


☑ Guest Tickets

Number of TIckets

It is FREE for guests to attend, but tickets are required for entrance. Each graduate will be given a maximum of five (5) tickets - tickets are not required for the graduate - only for their guests.

  • Who Needs a Ticket? Tickets are required for ALL guests (ages 3 years old and older).
  • All graduates will receive five (5) tickets. If extra tickets become available, students will be emailed the week before the ceremony about when and where you can pick them up. 

Ticket Distribution

You must register for the Commencement Ceremony to be able to pick-up your guest tickets. You will need to bring a form of picture ID at pick-up.

Click here for a ticket distribution flyer. 

Dates of Distribution
DATE TIME LOCATION
TBA 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Grad Fest - Mesa Commons
TBA 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Grad Fest - Mesa Commons
TBA 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Student Services Plaza (Outside I-400)
TBA 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Student Services Plaza (Outside I-400)

Deadline to pick-up tickets: TBA

If a student does not claim their tickets by the deadline, students will not receive the full number of commencement tickets. However, if available, a student can obtain tickets through the Extra Ticket Distribution process.

Opportunity Drawing: Return UNwanted Tickets by - tba

Do you have commencement tickets you no longer need or want?

Return unwanted tickets to to the Evaluations Office in room I4-306 (3rd floor of I-400) by the deadline (TBA) and you will be entered into an opportunity drawing to win two $25 Gift Cards!

Extra ticket distribution

If there are extra tickets after the deadline, graduates will receive an email notification with distribution location and information. If there are extra tickets, distribution will begin TBA. These tickets will be distributed two-at-a-time per day on a first-come, first-served basis until tickets run out.

Lost Tickets

Student are responsible for picking up and keeping the tickets safe. Unfortunately, if tickets are lost we are unable to replace them. So please keep your tickets in a safe location.

Questions about Tickets

Contact the Evaluations Office if you have any questions about ticket or ticket distribution.


☑ Accommodation Requests

At the beginning of the ceremony, graduates will be led down a long hallway to the ceremonial floor. At the end of the ceremony, graduates exit up a flight of stairs. If you require special seating or assistance for yourself during the ceremony please contact Zulma Duran in the Student Affairs Office at 619-388-2699 or email her at zduran@sdccd.edu with your request.


☑ Graduating with Honors

Students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher with all degree or certificate applicable coursework to graduate with Honors. Student graduating with honors will have an honors notation placed on the student's official transcript and diploma.

How the GPA is calculated

Students graduating with honors will be notified that the honors distinction is pending at the time of the Commencement Ceremony, when the GPA is calculated based upon all degree or certificate applicable coursework completed through the fall semester of the year of the ceremony. The final honors distinction will be determined upon completion of all coursework completed through the spring semester for spring graduates or the summer term for summer graduates and fall semester for fall graduates.

Honors Cord & tassels

Graduating with an Honors achievement of a 3.50 - 4.00 GPA is recognized at the Commencement Ceremony by wearing an Honors Cord and Tassel with your regalia:

  • Associate Degree Honors (3.50-4.00 GPA): Gold Tassel and Gold Cord
  • Certificate of Achievement Honors (3.50-4.00 GPA): White Tassel and White Cord

Student graduating with honors will receive a special email in mid-Spring indicating that they are receiving honors. Student can purchase their honors cord and tassel for $16 in the Bookstore. Students must show the email they received to the Bookstore to purchase and obtain the honors cord and tassel.

valedictorian

The highest academic status a student can obtain is that of a Valedictorian. This signifies a 4.00 overall grade point average for all academic coursework (see a counselor for details.) At the San Diego Mesa College Commencement Ceremony, Valedictorians are signified by the wearing of special blue commencement regalia. Students who are Valedictorians will receive special information regarding commencement from the San Diego Mesa College President.


☑ Student Rehearsal

There will be a mandatory commencement rehearsal for all students the day of the ceremony on Saturday, May 30, 2020. The rehearsal will start at 2:30 pm promptly. Lineup and the procession into the ceremony will begin directly after the rehearsal.


☑ Commencement Program Brochure

Deadline for Name to Be in Program Brochure: TBA

To ensure your name appears in the commencement program, and if you are a Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 graduate, you must submit Apply for Graduation by: TBA.

Removal of Name from Program Brochure

If you do not want your name printed in the annual commencement program brochure or on other district graduation list, please notify the Evaluations Office by email at mesaevaluations@sdccd.edu or call them at 619-388-2680 by April 2, 2020.


☑ Photographer

During the commencement ceremony professional pictures will be taken by a professional photographer. Purchase of these pictures is completely optional and this service is provided for your convenience by the college.


☑ Personal concerns

  • There is no childcare provided during the ceremony.
  • There are no facilities for securing purses, backpacks or other valuables.
  • All persons entering the facility are subject to search.
  • If your are planning reservations after the ceremony, we would recommend a 30-60 minute cushion after the ceremony to allow you time to exit the campus because traffic is heavy leaving the campus.