Grad Fest


decorated mortar board

SMC Pearl with mortar board

Grad Fest 2023

Thursday, June 1 at 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. by RSVP
Main Campus - Campus Quad

  • By RSVP Only - RSVP by May 31
  • Graduates: an email to RSVP will be sent in early May

What Is Grad Fest?

Celebrate your success at Grad Fest! Get everything you need for Commencement in one place - buy your cap, gown, tassel, and sashes. Collect a special stole/pin if you're part of a participating Special Program. Snap a selfie on our graduation themed backdrops. Decorate your cap, enjoy music, and win giveaways. Join us and make memories with your fellow grads. Don't miss out!

  • Cap Decorating: We will have cap decorating tables with a lot of things to decorate your mortar board for free (courtesy of Admissions & Records).
  • Cap Decorating Contest:
    • Post a photo of your decorated graduation cap to Instagram and tag #SnapMyCap and @smcedu.
    • Post your picture on or before June 13.  
    • 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. Have fun, be creative with your design!

Can I bring guests?

Guests are welcome to accompany you. Please note that while the event is free-flowing, we haven't planned any specific activities for family or guests. 


If you require accommodations, 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.

Unsure About Grad Fest?

View last year's Grad Fest pictures. It was fun! 

student at grad fest