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Commencement Day
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Graduate check-in begins at 3:30pm;
Ceremony starts at 5:30pm
Grossmont College, Main Quad 

Congratulations! Graduation is an important milestone. The Commencement Ceremony is an exciting day for our students and our entire campus community, and we try to make it as stress-free and fun as possible.

Grossmont College conducts one commencement ceremony a year, at the end of the spring semester. Fall and winter graduates are encouraged to attend the ceremony and participate in this event with spring graduates in June. Summer session prospective graduates are also invited to participate in the June ceremony.

Commencement Information is available at 619-644-7000 ext. 3550 or by calling the Office of Student Affairs at 619-644-7600.

Click Here to Watch the 2017 Commencement


Attention Graduating Griffins!

Decorate your graduation cap! The Office of Student Affairs will provide supplies and ideas on how to add your own stylistic flare on your cap.
When:  Tuesday, May 22nd
Where:   Bldg 60 1st floor lobby 
Time: 12pm-2pm
Refreshments will be provided

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Before the Ceremony

How to participate in Commencement

Application for Graduation: All candidates must file an Application for Graduation with the Admissions & Records Office by Friday, March 9, 2018 to ensure that their name is in the commencement program. Candidates will be notified about their graduation status.

Eligible Participants: Students who have applied for graduation with the Admissions & Records Office for Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, and Spring 2018 and are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Name Verification: In order to ensure the correct spelling of your name in the commencement program and on your diploma, you are advised to check the accuracy on your graduation application.

HAVE QUESTIONS? Please visit the Grossmont Graduation website to apply.

Identification Required

Graduates planning to participate in the 57th Annual Grossmont College Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 7, 2018 you must present a valid Grossmont College Student I.D. or a California State I.D. at the time of check in.

Students without a valid Grossmont College Student I.D. or California State I.D. will not be allowed to participate in the Graduation Ceremony.

Student Identification Cards and replacement cards are free and available as part of the registration process in the Admissions and Records office located in Building 10.

Check in time for Commencement will begin at 3:30PM (Front of Bldg. 60/Griffin Center, facing the Main Quad and Bookstore). The Ceremony begins promptly at 5:30PM.

Honors and Special Recognition Graduates

Graduates receiving academic honors will be listed as such in the commencement ceremony program.

Those recognized in the program will have achieved one or more of the following distinctions:

  • Academic Distinction: cumulative GPA of 4.0 in all college coursework
  • Scholastic Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.99 in all college coursework

Graduates who meet honors requirements are identified on the Cap and Gown list at the Bookstore.

The commencement ceremony program will also include notations next to graduates’ names who are members in good standing of Phi Theta Kappa, awarded Students of Note, and military veterans.

Students should confirm their academic honors and special recognition status when they verify their name spelling on their graduation application.

HAVE QUESTIONS? Please visit the Grossmont Graduation website.

Caps, Gowns and Invitations

Graduation Robing

Caps and Gowns may be purchased beginning Monday, May 14, 2018, (this date is subject to change). Graduates may purchase caps, gowns and tassels up through the date of commencement. To ensure availability, it is highly recommended that items be purchased by 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2018.

Cap, Gown, Tassel Set     $35.00
Cap Only $7.00
Tassel Only $5.00
Gown Only $24.50
Honors Cords $10.00
Announcements $16.00

Students that meet honors requirements are identified on the Cap and Gown list at the Bookstore.

Grossmont College emblematic merchandise will be available in the Bookstore.

College rings will be available to order online. The Bookstore will have ring sizes and purchase information but rings will only be available to order online.

The Bookstore is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will be open Commencement Day.

HAVE QUESTIONS? Please contact the Bookstore at 619-644-7674.

Disabilities, Medical and Special Needs

Graduates who need assistance (mobility, sign language interpretation, accessible formats, etc.) must contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 619-644-7112 NO LATER THAN Thursday, May 24, 2018 to request accommodations. Please note: The college does not provide Personal Care Attendants.

Arriving at the Ceremony

When and Where to Arrive - Graduates 

Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

No tickets are needed to participate.

Graduates should arrive to campus with their caps and gowns no later than 4:30pm. Graduate check-in is located in the Griffin Center (Front entrance to Bldg. 60, facing the Main Quad and the Bookstore) and begins at 3:30pm.

Note: Personal items should be left with family or friends since there is no secured area.

Students wishing to participate in Commencement must provide a valid Photo I.D. (CA Driver's License or Student I.D.) NO EXCEPTIONS.

When and Where to Arrive - Guests

Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

No tickets are needed to participate. The commencement ceremony is open to all guests of the graduates—no admission tickets are necessary. Family members and guests should be encouraged to arrive early, as there may be delays with entry inspections and traffic. 

Parking permits will not be enforced during the ceremony. Please be sure to obey all other traffic and parking signage. Due to anticipated high volume of traffic, please allow yourself plenty of time.

Disabled parking is available in all parking lots. Limited shuttles for guests needing assistance will run from the Parking Structure/Parking Lot 5 and the MTS Transit Center.

Seating is limited and no saving of seats is allowed. It is advised guests plan to arrive on campus no later than 5pm to ensure proper time to become acclimated to campus. The ceremony will begin promptly at 5:30pm.

Please plan to arrive early for parking and seating and expect traffic delays.  The ceremony is expected to last between two and two and a half hours.

The Campus Bookstore will be open on Commencement Day for any last minute items.

View the Campus Map

Maps and Directions

Driving Directions

Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive El Cajon, CA 92020

Interstate 8

From Interstate 8, East or West, take Highway 125 North to the Grossmont College Drive exit. Turn right at the first stop light (Grossmont College Drive). Go across the bridge to the second traffic signal. Go straight onto the Grossmont College perimeter road.

Highway 94

From Highway 94 East, take Highway 125 North to the Grossmont College Drive exit. Turn right at the first stop light (Grossmont College Drive). Go across the bridge to the second traffic signal. Go straight onto the Grossmont College perimeter road.

Highway 52

From Highway 52 East, take Highway 125 South to the Grossmont College Drive exit. Turn right at the first stop light (Grossmont College Drive). Go straight onto the Grossmont College perimeter road.

IMPORTANT: Policies and Prohibitions

  • Animals/Pets (The District will allow an individual with a disability to use a service dog or miniature horse in District facilities and on District campuses in compliance with state and federal law. (GCCCD Board Policy 3440))
  • Smoking (Grossmont College is a non-smoking campus. Smoking and/or other tobacco use is prohibited. (GCCCD Board Policy 3570))
  • Oversized Banners, Balloons, Umbrellas and Signs (Graduates and guests may bring decorations, however, large banners, balloons, umbrellas, or signs that will obstruct the view of of other guests may be removed.)
  • Illegal Drugs/Alcohol
  • Laser Pens and Pointers
  • Skateboards, Rollerblades, Bikes, etc.
  • Unapproved pamphlets, fliers, handbills, etc.
  • Unapproved vendors
  • Weapons of any kind (i.e. pepper spray, tear gas, handcuffs, stun guns)
  • Any other item deemed inappropriate or dangerous by law enforcement and/or college officials

 

During the Ceremony

Decorum

Throughout the formal portions of the ceremony, students are asked to maintain appropriate decorum befitting the dignity of a college commencement.

It is recommended that students NOT wear high heels but opt for comfortable shoes. The weather is anticipated to be hot, so dress accordingly.

Caps may be decorated, but decorations should not obstruct the view of the people behind you.

Food and Drink

Guests may bring outside food, beverages, coolers, bottled water, cans, etc. The Bookstore will be open. There will be limited water available in the Griffin Center and Main Quad. Drinking fountains are located throughout campus.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Guests are invited to photograph the processional in designated areas only. Please comply with all volunteer directions.

A professional photographer, GradImages will take photos of graduates during the degree conferral segment of the ceremony. Visit website, www.gradimages.com, and click on Pre-Event Email Registration. Enter your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering your photos. If you have any questions, please contact GradImages Customer Service department at (800) 261-2576.

Grad Images Photography will provide professional photographs for your individual purchase.

Conferral of Degrees

Actual degrees are not issued at the commencement ceremony—only the diploma covers. Degrees and certificates are awarded and posted to transcripts when grades are final, approximately one month after the term ends. Graduates will be notified via email. Printed diplomas will be mailed within the United Stated approximately three months after the semester ends. Please make sure your current address is on file. Replacement diplomas due to incorrect address on file is $15. The Graduation Address is separate from other addresses for the college and cannot be update through WebAdvisor. To update your information, please contact your Evaluations Advisor. Diplomas may be mailed internationally for a fee.

Outstanding Payments: Please note that if you have an outstanding obligation (such as fees or payments you still owe) to the college, we will not be able to release your diploma when it becomes available.

After the Ceremony

Career and Transfer Services

It’s not too late to transfer! Our staff can connect you with university reps, arrange campus tours, and provide other resources to help guide you to your next goal.

Transfer Center
619-644-7215

Ready to tackle the world? Our staff can help you find employment that’s related to your field of study and training, and show you how to effectively use online job search resources.

Career Center 
619-644-7614

Alumni Association

Congratulations Class of 2018!!!

Now that you've graduated, you're invited to stay connected by joining the Alumni Association for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges.

Top 5 Reasons to Join the Alumni Association:

  1. It's the No. 1 way to connect to Grossmont College — The Alumni Association keeps you informed and engaged with Grossmont College through activities, programs and publications.
  2. Get an edge in your career — Members receive exclusive invitations to attend networking events to expand their professional connections.
  3. Show your Griffin pride — Membership is FREE and is an easy way for alumni and friends to demonstrate their Griffin pride. We keep alums aware of fun activities like GradFest, football tailgates and other social events.
  4. You're in the know — Members receive the latest news about Grossmont College through the Community Connections e-newsletter, direct mail and social media.
  5. Enjoy a tax break, too! — Any donation made through the Alumni Association is tax-deductible, thereby reducing your tax bill each year. Giving back to your alma mater helps to provide opportunities to many deserving students.

Join for FREE today at foundation.gcccd.edu/alumni!

Last Updated: 05/22/2018
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