67th Annual Diablo Valley College Commencement Ceremony

Date Friday, May 24, 2019
Time 5:00 pm
Location DVC Viking Stadium

RSVP your attendance

All eligible graduate students please  RSVP your attendance.


The ceremony will commence at 5:00 pm promptly on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Viking Stadium. 

4:00 pm

Viking Stadium gates open for family and friends to be seated. Seating is available on both sides of the field. Park in Lot 1 for ADA stadium seating, sign language presentation and west side bleacher seating. Park in Lots 8 and 9 for east and west side bleacher seating.

4:00-4:20 pm

GRADUATES assemble in the Gym. Park in Lots 8 and 9.

Note: FLAT souled shoes ONLY. Spiked/high heels will not be allowed as they damage the stadium turf and track.

Note: Tassels are to be worn on the right side.

Graduate class of 2019 instructions

No tickets required

There is ample seating in the stadium and no limit to the number of guests a graduate may invite. No guest tickets or parking permits/fees required. 

Cap and gown packages

Graduates may purchase a package including cap, gown, tassel and diploma/certificate holder from the DVC Book Center beginning Tuesday, May 7 through Friday, May 24 during regular hours of operation.

Cap and Gown package $42.59
Diploma Cover Only $10.49
Medallion* $9.99

*Honor Degree Graduates will receive a medallion included in cap and gown package for 3.5 GPA or better in all college course work (all institutions) as of February 1, 2019. If honor graduates do not participate in the ceremony, the medallion may be purchased at a later date.

Graduates are encouraged to purchase cap and gown package early for the best selection and availability of gown sizes.

No American Express or checks will be accepted, only cash or debit/credit cards accepted.

What to expect at the ceremony

4:00-4:20 pm

Graduates will assemble in the gym.

4:55 pm
  • There will be a double line entering the stadium led by Marshals followed by honor guards, faculty and graduates.

  • Note: Students will line up based on what side of the field they will be seated. You will want to coordinate with family and friends in advance. If you wish to sit with friends, we recommend lining up together and planning with family and friends about seating in advance. Once seated, you will not be permitted to save seats for anyone or move.

  • Note: All graduates are to remain standing until everyone is in the stadium and you are cued to be seated.

5:00 pm
  • The Vice President of Student Services will open the ceremony.

  • Short Speeches will be given by the district Chancellor, college President, Faculty Keynote and Student Keynote to address the graduating class of 2019.

  • Graduates will be guided to line up and proceed with their name card to the card reader and then to receive their diploma cover and have a professional photo taken (2 photos) and then return to their seat as swiftly as possible.

  • After all names have been read, the ceremony will conclude, followed by a recessional of the officials, faculty and graduates.

  • Graduates will exit the stadium led by officials and faculty to the reception at the Main Street Bistro.

  • Guests will exit the stadium from the same paths they entered.


Light refreshments and musical entertainment will be provided immediately following the ceremony in the Main Street Bistro. Ceremony and reception activities conclude by 8 pm. 

Accessibility, special accommodations and stadium access

If you or your guests have questions about accommodations, please contact David Hagerty in Disability Support Services at 925-969-2176 or by email at dhagerty@dvc.edu. 

There will be designated seats available at the top of the stadium (west side seating) at the gate entrance for guests with mobility challenges. Please have your guests ask a greeter or campus Police Services to direct them to designated seating. 

Guests with ADA tags are to park in Lot One (#1) and to be seated in the west side stadium bleachers. 

Sign language interpreters will be visible from the west side bleachers. 


Due to the large number of guests in attendance, the stadium parking lots will be congested. Please encourage your guests to arrive one (1) hour prior to the start of the ceremony (4 pm). There is no charge/permit required for parking. Guests with ADA tags are to park in Lot One (#1) and to be seated in the west side stadium bleachers. 

Flowers, gifts and refreshments

Gameday Souvenirs, Inc. will be on premises at the entrance gate and visitor side of the stadium if you wish to purchase light refreshments, leis or flowers before or immediately after the ceremony. For more information, contact Gameday Souvenirs at em@makeitgameday.com or call 925-284-1863. Download flyer here.


Professional photography will be provided by GradImages during the ceremony. Each graduate will be photographed twice, as they shake hands with the college President or other designated official and as they pose with diploma cover before returning to their seat. 

Proofs will be emailed with an option to purchase for those graduates providing a valid email address and submitting the requested information. You may also opt-out of this offer if you choose not to purchase photos. Graduates may pre-register at gradimages.com/preregistration before the ceremony to receive a discount on graduation photos. 

GradImages will provide a Reader Card for each graduate to complete and bring with them to the ceremony. Please fill out the card completely and write legibly spelling your name phonetically for the reader if necessary. You must have this card to present to the reader for your name to be called during the ceremony. 

Please visit www.gradimages.com for more information. 

Important notices

  • NO spiked/high heel shoes will be permitted. Graduates will not be permitted to enter the stadium with heels as they damage the turf and the track. Also to prevent safety issues, it will be necessary to wear low/flat shoes. 

  • Balloons will not be permitted in the stadium. Guests attempting to enter the stadium with balloons will be asked to return them to their vehicles. 

  • Children will not be allowed in the processional line with graduates. Children must not be left unattended. If children will be attending, please arrange for them to be with guests during the ceremony. 

  • Check the weather and inform guests to bring clothing for cooler evening temperatures or ponchos in the event of rain. Umbrellas will not be permitted in the stadium.

  • Cellular phones should be silenced to avoid disruption during the ceremony. 

  • Alcoholic beverages and smoking will not be permitted on campus or in the stadium.  

Degrees and certificates

Diplomas are mailed mid-August to the student’s physical address on file at Admissions and Records. If your address has changed, please contact our Admissions and Records office as soon as possible at 925-969-2204. 


Programs will be distributed to graduates in the gym and guests at stadium entrances. 

Other information

For more information or questions regarding Commencement, please contact our Student Life Office at 925-969-4267.

Graduation Map