2020 Commencement Central

Commencement Aerial photo

Cypress College’s 53rd Commencement

Friday, May 22, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Gateway Plaza

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Commencement Ceremony

Students who apply for commencement on or before the published deadlines are eligible to participate. Academic regalia is required and may be purchased at the Campus Bookstore beginning the first week of May. Only those students who apply for commencement within the published deadlines may purchase academic regalia.

Commencement packets will be mailed to graduation candidates in early to mid-April and include commencement information, academic regalia (cap and gown) information, and instructions for graduates to follow the day of commencement.

Schedule of Events

5 p.m.    Gathering in the Theater (Building 4)
6 p.m.    Commencement Ceremony begins; Reception immediately following

The ceremony will feature faculty, special guests, and various speakers. Please plan to attend a reception for graduates, family and friends, as well as faculty and staff, immediately after the ceremony. Refreshments will be served compliments of the Associated Students.


Your family and friends are welcome at Commencement 2019. There is no limit to the number of guests graduates may invite. Guests should park in lots 1 and 9 (easiest access to the Commencement Ceremony). The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. It will last approximately 2 hours. Food, flowers, balloons, graduation memorabilia, etc., will be available for purchase before and after the ceremony (under the tent). Please show respect for the graduates — no bullhorns or other artificial noisemakers, please.


Audience members are requested to remain seated during the ceremony.

Photographs can be taken in Gateway Plaza after the ceremony. Students will have their photos taken as they graduate by a professional photographer from Grad Images­­­. Proofs of photos will be sent to students soon after graduation.

Promotional photos taken by college staff will be posted here in Commencement Central.


Please be dressed in your cap and gown by 5 p.m. Do not bring a handbag or back­­pack since there is no one to watch your personal items. You can leave them with a family member. You will be given final instructions for the line-up at that time, and you will be handed a 3 x 5 card to print your name on. As you walk toward the stage, you will hand the card to the reader so your name can be announced. Once your name is announced, you’ll proceed onto the stage and be presented with your diploma cover.

There is no assigned seating for students taking part in commencement. You will be able to sit next to friends who are graduating with you.

For additional information about Commencement, contact the Student Activities Center at (714) 484-7198.

Following the Ceremony…

Congratulations on receiving your degree and/or certificate in spring 2020! We thank you for making Cypress College part of your educational journey!

Diplomas and Certificates

You will not receive your actual diploma on commencement evening. Instead, you will receive your diploma cover as you cross the stage.

Students who complete all of the requirements for their degree(s) or certificate(s) will have them awarded and posted approximately 6 – 8 weeks after the end of the spring 2020 semester.

Degrees and certificates will be mailed to the mailing address on file with Cypress College the week of August 1, 2020.

Students who wish to order a replacement diploma, perhaps to be given to a loved one as a gift, may do so by submitting a Replacement Diploma form. Replacement diplomas cost $15 each.

Students with outstanding balances must settle their accounts before their degrees or certificates are given to them.

Degree and Certificate Evaluations

Final evaluations for degrees and certificates will begin after Spring 2019 grades have been submitted. Once your progress toward the completion of your degree or certificate is determined, you will be notified of the outcome via email.