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Q: What forms are required to participate in the commencement ceremony?

1. Graduation Participation Form

2. Personal Information Card (PIC)

Q: What is a Graduation Participation Form?

This forms conforms a graduate/certificate recipient participation in the 2016 commencement ceremony. This form should be submitted to the Columbia College Counseling Department by April 15, 2016.

Q: What is a Personal Information Card (PIC)?

As part of the graduation tradition at Columbia College, a personal information card (PIC) written by each student is read as the student proceeds to the podium to receive his/her diploma and/or certificate of achievement.

Q: Is rehearsal mandatory?

No, it is not mandatory that you attend rehearsal. However, it is encouraged. You will receive important line up, seating, and timeline instructions. Rehearsal is Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Carkeet Park.

Q: Do I need to notify anyone that I will/will not be attending the ceremony?

Yes, you will need to notify the Commencement Committee of your attendance. This will help to ensure a successful event.

Q: How & when do I receive my diploma?

Due to the timing of the spring 2016 final grades and the commencement ceremony falling so close together, you will not receive your official diploma and/or certificate at the ceremony. In its place you will receive detailed instructions regarding your diploma(s) and/or certificate(s). We plan to have diplomas available by August 2016. Before coming to campus, contact Admissions & Records at (209) 588-5232 for confirmation on the arrival of your official diploma. There will be no charge if you are picking up your diploma, however if you'd like your diploma mailed to you, there will be a $5.00 postage fee that must be pre-paid. Complete and return the Diploma Mailing Form to Admissions & Records.

Q: Do I need tickets?

No, tickets are not required.

Q: What time should my guests arrive?

Most guests arrive an hour before the ceremony. Doors open to Oak Pavilion at 5:30pm

Q: How long will the ceremony last?

The ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Q: Who is the guest speaker for the Commencement Ceremony?

There will be dignitaries and two (2) student speakers during the ceremony.

Q: Who can the graduate walk with?

As part of the processional graduates are allowed to enter the ceremony with an adjunct or full-time faculty member (support staff and college management do not walk in the processional). If you have a particular instructor or counselor who was a great source of support, assistance or inspiration, you'll need to request from them directly that they walk with you during the processional. Keep in mind the processional moves forward in pairs, meaning you and one faculty member only may walk together into the ceremony. Please inform the graduation staff at the April 28, 2016 rehearsal of your intent.

Q: Where can I leave my valuables during the ceremony?

Graduates/certificate recipients are discouraged from bringing purses or other valuables with them to the ceremony. You will have to carry these items at all times. Another option would be to leave you valuables with your guests.

Q: Where do I park? Where do my guests park?

Information regarding parking, transportation to the Oak Pavilion as well as services for disabled students and guests, see the Maps, Driving Directions & Parking information.

Q: Are there assigned seats? Is there special seating available for disabled guests?

There is no reserved general seating and guests are respectfully requested not to save seats for others. Special seating will be provided for disabled individuals. However, due to limited space, disabled guests may be accompanied by only one non-disabled person in the disabled seating area.

Q:  Is there Handicap parking available?

There is limited disabled parking available at the Oak Pavilion.

Q:  Are there services available for students and guests in need of mobility assistance?

Disabled Students Programs & Services - If you have special mobility needs, make arrangements for transportation from the parking lot to the Oak Pavilion on the day of graduation with DSPS Office (209) 588-5130, no later than Friday, April 22, 2016.

Q: Where can I find detailed information about the date, time and location of graduation and all associated deadlines to apply?

See the graduation checklist.

Q: How can I earn the status of graduating with honors or distinction?

For Graduation: Graduating students who have earned a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.75 or better in all degree applicable and transferable college work are awarded the Associate Degree with Distinction. Students whose cumulative Grade Point Average is between 3.50 and 3.74 are awarded the Associate Degree with Honors. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, contact Admissions & Records at (209) 588-5232.

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