Grad Walk Celebration

(Formerly the Diploma Drive Thru)


Grad Walk Celebration (updated June 9, 2022)

Saturday, June 11
Graduates were assigned a specific time for when to arrive. Check your email for a message sent on June 9.
Check-In: A Grad Walk Confirmation QR Code was emailed to confirmed graduates on June 9. Bring your phone to show the QR code, or print the email with the QR code.
This event is only for confirmed graduates and their guests
Bundy Campus

Arriving at Grad Walk

  • Graduates will arrive by car (or public transportation)

  • Only one vehicle is permitted per graduate and the graduate must be in the vehicle. This means the number of guests you bring must fit in one car—no party busses/shuttles or limos allowed. Ensure you are a passenger—NOT the driver—in the car as you will exit the car to get your diploma

  • If driving solo, you will be directed to park and then go on our "Walk-up" route

  • If arriving by public transportation or shared ride, you and your guests will be directed to the "Walk-up" route

  • Event staff will direct you to a check-in station

Getting Your Diploma 

  • You will be given a name card to fill out. This card serves two purposes:

    • (1) announce your name before you get your diploma

    • (2) provide your contact info to the professional photographer who will take a portrait photo—for purchase, if desired; see more below

  • If in car, graduates will exit their vehicle as they get close to the "stage" area, while your guests stay in the car. You will walk the blue SMC carpet toward the stage, and your guests follow you along from the car

    • If you arrive as a "Walk-up", you will walk the blue SMC carpet while your guests walk on an adjacent path

  • Your name will be read when you reach the podium. You will walk along and get your Diploma cover and be congrtulated by a member of the Board of Trustees and/or Senior Administrator. Once you have your diploma cover, you will pose at a staged background for an official photograph. At this point, you will return to your car and prepare to exit, or if you arrive as a "Walk-up," you will return toward the exit

  • Grads and their families may optionally stop by one of our photo booths to snap selfies

  • We strongly encourage you to decorate your car with SMC colors (blue, white, yellow) Be festive!

COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 protocols will be followed. Graduates, family/guests, and event staff must wear face masks if proper social distancing of 6 ft. cannot be maintained. Proof of vaccination is not required. However, if you are unvaccinated, to stay compliant with SMC policy, you must stay masked the whole time--even though you are outdoors; unvaccinated persons cannot enter SMC buildings at any point.


You may invite guests, but they must all come in one vehicle—the one you are in. Multiple vehicles per graduate/family are not permitted. No party buses or limos. "Walk-ups" may also bring guests. 


  • A professional photographer will be available to take your photo. There is no obligation to buy. You will be emailed your photo proofs. Register BEFORE the event for a 20% off discount at Search for Santa Monica College --> Grad Walk Celebration.

  • Selfie photobooths will be available for you and your guests to enjoy. There will be a designed booth for "Walk-up" grads, and others for grads in cars.


  • Free regalia was provided to graduates who attended Grad Fest or went to the SMC Bookstore to pick it up.

  • If you did not pick up yours, we have a few hundred sets that will be given out for free at Grad Walk--while supplies and sizes last.

Cap Decorating Contest

To enter:

  1. Decorate your grad cap
  2. Post a picture of your cap on Instagram
  3. Tag your photo with #SnapMyCap and @smcedu by June 12th-your profile must be public to enter. The winner of our grand prize will be announced on Instagram and other college publications.  All participants must adhere to SMC’s Student Conduct Rules.
  4. Have fun, be creative with your design! We can't wait to see what you come up with. 


Graduates requiring accommodations for this event, please contact the Center for Students with Disabilities at 310-434-4265 or at least 5 days in advance. The Center’s staff will then work with our Commencement staff to ensure approved accommodations are met.

2021 Drive Thru Graduation