Commencement Schedule & Program


Commencement  Day Timeline

  • 3 p.m. - Graduate check-in (Pavilion)
  • 3 p.m. - Corsair Field gates open for guest arrival
  • 4:20 p.m. - Graduates line up for processional (Pavilion)
  • 5 p.m. - Processional & Ceremony start
  • 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 

Board of TrusteeS Remarks 

Barry Snell , 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 

Monique Janee Johnson, Graduating Student Speaker 

Introduction of Commencement Speaker 

Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Superintendent/President 

Commencement Address 

Hon. Christopher P. Lu, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations 

Graduation Announcements 

Teresita Rodriguez, Vice President, Enrollment Development 

Conferral of Degrees and Certificates 

Board of Trustees 

Presentation of the Class of 2023 

Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Superintendent/President