Commencement Schedule & Program


Commencement  Day Timeline

  • 2 p.m. - Graduate check-in (Pavilion/Gym)
  • 2 p.m. - Corsair Field gates open for guest arrival (enter on 16th Street)
  • 3:30 p.m. - Graduates line up for processional (in front of Cayton Center/Library)
  • 4 p.m. - Processional & Ceremony start (Corsair Field)
  • After ceremony - Cake and punch (Campus Quad)

Order of Ceremonies


Corsair Overture – Dr. David Goodman, SMC Music Professor (ret.) 


Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 — Sir Edward Elgar 


Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Superintendent/President, Santa Monica College 

Welcome from Board of Trustees

Dr. Margaret Quiñones-Perez, Chair, SMC Board of Trustees 

Introduction of Special Guests  

Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Superintendent/President 

Faculty Challenge 

Jamar London, President, SMC Academic Senate 

Student Challenge 

Patrisia Diaz Maldonado, Graduating Student Speaker 

Conferral of Degrees and Certificates 

Board of Trustees 

Presentation of the Class of 2024

Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Superintendent/President 


A cake and punch reception will be held in the Campus Quad immediately following the program.