|Date||Friday, May 24, 2019|
|Location||DVC Viking Stadium|
The student graduate speaker offers an address during the commencement ceremony in
May and serves as the representative of the entire graduating class. Providing the
student address during this important college event is an opportunity for the selected
student to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class, reflect upon the
past few years, and convey a message for the future.
Please refer to the Student Graduate Speaker Application for eligibility criteria. Applications must be submitted to the Office of the Vice President of Student Services in the Administration Building no later than 5pm on Friday, March 29.
The ceremony will commence promptly at 5:00 pm on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Viking Stadium. All 2018 summer and fall graduates, 2019 spring degree and certificate candidate recipients are encouraged to participate.
|4:00 pm||Viking Stadium gates open for family and friends to be seated.|
Graduates assemble on the pathway between Lake and Math building, dressed in cap and gown, ready to form the procession line.
Note: 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. Graduates will move tassels to the left side on cue from the Vice President of Instruction near the end of the ceremony.
In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the gymnasium. Please see rain plan for details.
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.
In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the gymnasium and graduates will be limited to two (2) guests. Tickets will be included in cap and gown packages. Please see rain plan for details.
Graduates may purchase a package including cap, gown, tassel and diploma/certificate holder from the DVC Book Center beginning Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 24 during regular hours of operation.
|Cap and Gown package||$39.99|
|Diploma Cover Only||$8.99|
*Honor 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.
|4:00-4:15 pm||Graduates will assemble on the pathway between the Lake and the Math building.|
Light refreshments and musical entertainment will be provided immediately following the ceremony in the Main Street Bistro. Graduates will be led from the field and guests will be led from the stadium entrance to the reception location. Ceremony and reception activities will conclude by approximately 8:00 pm.
If you or your guests have need for any accommodations, please contact David Hagerty in Disability Support Services at 925-969-2176 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 prior to the day of the ceremony.
There will be designated seats available at the top of the stadium 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.
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 (4:00 pm). There is no charge/permit required for parking.
Gameday Souvenirs, Inc. will be on premises at the entrance gate if you wish to purchase light refreshments, leis or flowers before or immediately after the ceremony.
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.
All eligible graduate students, please RSVP your attendance at the ceremony.
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 at the grad line prior to the processional. Guests will receive programs as they enter the stadium at the gate entrance.
For more information or questions regarding Commencement, please contact our Student Life Office at 925-969-4267.