Grad Walk Celebration

(Formerly the Diploma Drive Thru)


Grad Walk Celebration

Saturday, June 11 at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
By RSVP Only - RSVP by May 31
Graduates: check your email on Friday, May 13 (evening) for RSVP info
Bundy Campus


This event is a continuation of last year's hugely successful Diploma Drive-thru!

  • For everyone's saftefy, graduates will be asked to select their preferred time slot(s) for joining the celebration. A confirmation email and further details will be provided on June 6. 
  • Watch our "highlights" video on YouTube at so you get a better sense of what the event will look like. 
  • Graduates will arrive by car (or public transportation). Only one vehicle is permitted and the graduate must be in the vehicle--no party buses/shuttles or limos allowed. If arriving by public transportation or shared ride, grads and your guests will walk on a designated path.
  • Graduates will exit their vehicle as they get close to the "stage" and walk the red carpet toward the podium. Their name will be read as they receive their diploma cover and have an official college grad photo taken (photos will be available for purchase after the event). Guests must remain in the vehicle, but will follow a course to see the graduate on stage. Once the graduate receives their diploma, they will leave the stage, enter their vehicle, and exit the premises.
  • Grads and their families may optionally stop by one of our photo booths to snap selfies.
  • Graduates are encouraged to decorate their car with SMC colors (blue, white, yellow)
  • COVID-19 protocols in place.


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.


Thanks to the generous support from the SMC Associated Students, the first 1,100 graduates who RSVP and who attend Grad Fest will receive free regalia, including their cap, tassel, and gown. Graduates who cannot attend Grad Fest may still receive free regalia if supplies are available after Grad Fest. Details to be provided later.

2021 Drive Thru Graduation