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Commencement General Information


Congratulations, you have made it!

All of your hard work and dedication have paid off and you are about to receive recognition for achieving your educational goal.

Commencement details are included here for your convenience.

Happy GraduateCeremony 
When: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 6p.m.
Where: Corsair Field (football stadium) at Santa Monica College
Cost:  Free for all students and guests.  No tickets required.
*All graduates participating in the ceremony MUST RSVP online by Monday June 2nd, 2014.

Mandatory Rehearsal for Graduates
There will be a mandatory rehearsal for all graduates on Tuesday, June 17th at 11 a.m. at the Corsair Field (football stadium).  Only students taking final exams will be excused.  The rehearsal will prepare you for the evening ceremony.
Mid-Year/ Summer Graduates
Mid-year and Summer graduates are encouraged to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. For Summer school graduates, the degree will be conferred after completion of all requirements.
You are encouraged to invite your family and friends to the Commencement Ceremony.  No tickets are required.  The entrance gates to Corsair Field will open at 4p.m.  Please encourage guests to arrive early to guarantee seating and to dress appropriately for the weather.

Disability Accommodations
Graduates who require disability accommodations for themselves or for their guests should contact Ann Marie Leahy, assistant to the Dean of Enrollment Services at 310-434-4502 at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please note that the bleachers at the stadium are not wheelchair accessible.  Wheelchair accommodations are available directly in front of the grand stand and one additional guest may join them in this area. Please refer to the Graduation Day Map to more easily identify the wheelchair accessible areas on campus. Please note, you must have RSVP'd prior to Graduation Day to guarantee access to the Disabled Seating for the ceremony.
Parking and Directions
Parking will be free at the Santa Monica Campus on Commencement Day.  The stadium is located on the southwest side of the campus along 16th Street between Pearl Street and Pico Boulevard.  For directions to our campus and for a campus map, please click HERE.
Restrooms are located at the stadium on the ground level underneath the guest seating.
Graduation Supplies
Caps, gowns, and honor sashes will be on sale in the Bookstore beginning May 12th, 2014.  The price for a cap and gown is $40 plus tax ($43.80 total) prices are subject to change.  Those who are designated as honor students may purchase the honor sashes for $35.99 plus tax ($39.41 total) prices are subject to change.
Announcements and assorted gifts for the graduate are now available at the Bookstore.  For more details about the the bookstore's hours and location please go to:​.
For your convenience, the Bookstore will be open from 8a.m.-7p.m. on the day of graduation.
Honors Students
Honors students are indicated by a colored sash worn over their commencement robes.
Only graduates who have earned an Associate degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible to receive an honors sash.
Sashes indicating students receiving Highest Honors (4.0 GPA) will be gold.
Sashes indicating students receiving High Honors (3.70- 3.99 GPA) will be silver.
Sashes indicating students receiving Honors (3.0-3.69 GPA) will be light blue.
Honors sashes may be purchased at the bookstore with appropriate documentation.
Graduates participating in the ceremony will receive a congratulatory certificate in a SMC diploma case.  The actual diplomas are mailed to graduates as soon as they are available, usually within four months of the ceremony.  Your diploma will state that you have received an Associate degree from Santa Monica College with the date, the signature of the college president and the college seal.  It will also state if you graduated with honors.  Your diploma will state your major but it will not state your GPA.
Photos will be taken of every graduate as you receive your diploma cover.  On Commencement Day, you will be asked to complete the form on the back of your name card, and a free color proof will be mailed to you. Be sure to include your email and mailing address so that proofs and ordering information can be emailed to you within 24 hours of the ceremony.  Mail delivery is usually received within a week of the ceremony.  You are under no obligation to order.
Diploma Covers
Diploma covers are free to those graduates participating in Commencement.  Your diploma or certificate will be mailed to you unless you indicate you would like to pick it up at the Admissions and Records Office.  If you do not participate in the Commencement Ceremony, you may purchase a diploma cover in the Admissions Office after the semester ends.
Commencement Qualifications
Commencement qualifications can be obtained through the counseling office.  Make an early appointment with the Counseling Office to find out if you are eligible to participate in the ceremony.
Request for More Information
If you have filed a Petition for Graduation with the Admissions and Records Office by the deadline, you will receive an email in approximately 3 to 4 weeks after the Admissions office receives the petition.  If you have not received this information or need more information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions listed on this website.