Commencement Central

Cypress College 51st Commencement

Friday, May 25, 2018, 6 p.m.

Gateway Plaza

Apply for Graduation

All students who plan to graduate or complete a certificate at the end of the Spring 2018 semester must apply for graduation or a certificate of achievement. The priority deadline for applications for degrees and certificates is Sunday, February 11, 2018. Students who apply on or before this date will receive priority evaluations of their degree/certificate progress.

Students who miss the priority deadline will have until Friday, February 23, 2018 to apply for graduation or a certificate of achievement. Applications for degrees and certificates submitted between February 12 and February 23 will be evaluated after those submitted on or before the priority deadline.

Applications for graduation and certificates can be found on the Admissions & Records Forms page beneath the “Records – Forms” subheading.

If you have any questions about what information to include in your application, please contact the Counseling Center at (714) 484-7015 to make an appointment. The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the Student Center building. If you anticipate completing the requirements for a bachelor’s degree at the conclusion of the Spring 2018 semester, please contact your academic department for additional instructions.

If you attended another college or university, transcripts must be on file in Admissions and Records at the time the application is submitted. Final transcripts are transcripts that include grades for ­all courses taken. Transcripts for past terms with “In Progress” work are not final.

Commencement Ceremony

Students who apply for commencement on or before the published deadlines are eligible to participate. Academic is 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
5:00 p.m.    Gathering in the Theater (Building 4)
6:00 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 2017. 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 5:00 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’ll 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.

Degree and Certificate Evaluations

Final evaluations for degrees and certificates will begin after Spring 2018 grades have been submitted. The deadline for faculty to submit Spring 2018 grades is June 5, 2018.

Once your progress toward the completion of your degree or certificate is determined, you will be notified of the outcome via email.

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 to 8 weeks after the end of the Spring 2018 semester.

Degrees and certificates will be mailed to the mailing address on file with Cypress College the week of August 1, 2018.

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.