2021 Commencement Central

Cypress College’s 54th Commencement

Friday, May 21, 2021 at 5 p.m.
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The celebration is coming soon!


Commencement Ceremony

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have decided to host a virtual, live-streamed commencement ceremony on Friday, May 21, 2021, to honor your accomplishments. Although we understand this may be disappointing to some of you, we assure you that we have a meaningful and high-energy celebration planned. In addition, all students will also be offered the opportunity to participate in a future live commencement the college offers.

The class of 2021 includes all students who are earning a degree, including the baccalaureate, associate degree, and associate degree for transfer.

We encourage all graduate candidates to check and update their preferred email addresses in myGateway to ensure they will receive important communications related to commencement, like how to participate in the ceremony on Friday, May 21.

Cap, Gown, and Tassel Package Orders

Cap, gown, and tassel packages can be purchased for $18 plus shipping and tax. Honor cords are available for an additional $10.

Please note: all sales are final, and shipping cannot be refunded. When submitting your order, please select “UPS Ground” for the shipping method.

Students graduating with High Honors or Honors who would like to purchase an honor cord should refer to the following when determining which color to purchase:

  • High Honors (gold cord) is based on an overall grade point average of 3.75 – 4.00 during your entire college career.
  • Honors (silver cord) is based on an overall grade point average of 3.30 – 3.74 during your entire college career.

On-Campus Photo Opportunity & Commencement Package Pick-Up

We are offering free portrait appointments with GradImages, as well as commencement package pickup, on April 13-15. Free commencement packages may be picked up between the times noted on the buttons below (no appointment necessary).

If you would also like to participate in the free photo appointment, you must schedule your portrait time in advance via the buttons below. You will receive a confirmation email from GradImages once your appointment is scheduled.

Enter via the Valley View entrance and park in Lot 1 (see map below).

Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time in order to check in.

  • Caps and gowns will not be provided; for sanitary reasons, you must purchase and bring your own (purchasing information available below). We recommend that students place cap and gown orders by Monday, April 5, in order to receive your regalia in time for the on-campus photo opportunity. Please note that caps and gowns are not required to take photos; you may also choose to take a professional headshot in business attire instead.
  • Only graduates will be permitted inside the Theater Lobby at their appointed photo session.
  • Click here to see a map of the parking, package pick-up, and photo opportunity.

Health and Safety Measures
You will be expected to observe the following measures at all times, unless specified, while on campus to help ensure your safety and that of others:

  • Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose. You may remove your mask during your scheduled photo session, but will be required to put it back on immediately after;
  • Observe social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others;
  • Limit your use of campus spaces to designated areas for this event;
  • Complete the Health Check form available on the home screen of the Cypress Connect app before coming onto campus. The app is available for download on both the App Store for Apple products and Google Play Store for Android products.

After the Event
GradImages will email each graduate who participates in a photo appointment with free photo proofs and a coupon code for a free 5×7 photo. Graduates can add the 5×7 photo of their choice to the cart and use the coupon code when they check out. Other photo package options will also be available for purchase.

*Walk-ins may be accepted based on availability and ability to adhere to social distancing protocol.

Personalized Graduate Slide via Marching Order

As part of the virtual ceremony, each graduate will have the opportunity to be recognized with an official slide that can be customized with your photo and a personal message, and which can be downloaded and shared on social media. You must submit a photo and/or message to appear and have your name called during the ceremony by Friday, May 7.

Please check your preferred college email (this can be confirmed in myGateway) for emails from “noreply@marchingorder.com On Behalf of CC-Commencement2021@cypresscollege.edu” containing instructions about how to log in to the MarchingOrder platform to upload your photo and/or personal message. Password links are unique to each student’s account, so you must set up your MarchingOrder access via the emails sent directly to you.

Can’t find the email? Please check your junk or spam folder before reaching out to us at CC-Commencement2021@cypresscollege.edu.


Commencement Packages (Free for each graduate)

  1. Commemorative Cypress College Buen Cypress Medallion;
  2. Specially designed Class of 2021 Academic Stole by Area of Study;
  3. Imprinted Cypress College Logo Diploma Cover;

Pickup of commencement packages will be held on April 13-15, 2021

NOTE: Degrees and certificates will be mailed to graduates in August 2021

Academic Dress — Sashes

WHITE WITH BLACK TRIM — EOPS Students who participated in Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) can be identified by the white sash with black trim and the words “I am EOPS Strong.” This sash celebrates their achievements as many EOPS students are the first in their families to attend college and graduate. Many will continue their studies as they transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

NAVY BLUE WITH GOLD — FUNERAL SERVICE The funeral service industry holds the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service curriculum as a noteworthy achievement for licensed practitioners. The navy blue sash represents the student’s hard work and commitment to academic excellence and advancement of their chosen profession — being of service while a client family grieves the tremendous loss of a loved one. The gold lettering signifies the highly held academic level that the funeral industry expects from our graduates.

BLUE WITH GOLD TRIM — GUARDIAN SCHOLARS Guardian Scholars are former foster youth who enrolled at Cypress College after being emancipated from the foster care system. This sash celebrates their academic achievement. Many Guardian Scholars are the first in their families to attend college and graduate. Many will continue their studies as they transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

BLUE AND GOLD CHORDS — CHARGER EXPERIENCE PROGRAM The Charger Experience Program is designed to encourage talent and ability in highly motivated students as they begin their academic studies and prepare to transfer to a four-year college or university. Students who complete the Charger Experience Program and meet all major transfer requirements will have priority consideration for admission to specific four-year institutions.

KENTE — LEGACY PROGRAM The Legacy Program is a one-year program open to all students who have a desire to learn about Black culture. The mission of the program is to increase graduation and transfer rates among the students enrolled. The courses offered in the Legacy Program are general education courses taught from the Black perspective and required for graduation and transfer. To accomplish these goals, there are five components to this program: English, ethnic studies, sociology, counseling, and cultural enrichment activities.

BURGUNDY — MORTUARY SCIENCE The Mortuary Science Program faculty have held the completion of the rigorous Associate in Science — Mortuary Science curriculum as a noteworthy achievement. The burgundy sash represents the student’s hard work and commitment to academic excellence. The gold lettering signifies the highly held academic level that the funeral industry expects from our graduates. The program’s medallion has the Mortuary Science logo engraved on the front with the name of the award inscribed on the back. There are seven awards selected by the faculty which have been created to honor academic and industry excellence in memory of past alumni and instructors. The burgundy ribbon and gold lettering match the sash.

WHITE — NURSING The Cypress College Nursing Program educates students for patient/client services in a variety of healthcare settings. At the satisfactory completion of all courses and the specified general education requirements at Cypress College, the individual will receive an Associate in Science degree and will be eligible to write the Registered Nursing State Licensing Examination. The white sash represents the nursing field and the royal blue “RN” letters represent one of Cypress College’s school colors.

SERAPE — THE PUENTE PROGRAM The Puente Program is a university transfer program open to all students interested in celebrating the Latino experience while taking English and counseling courses needed for graduation and transfer. Co-sponsored by the University of California Office of the President and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, the mission of the one-year program is to strengthen students’ academic success through three main components: English, Counseling, and Mentoring. Puente: Creating Leaders for California’s Future.

Alma Mater

O Alma Mater, Hail with
pride and loyalty,
So sing we now with hearts
uplifted to thy glory.

O Cypress, Thee we love,
Thy spires shall rise above,
Ennobled through the years with splendor,
Cypress, hail to thee.

– Dr. Clifton Stout – (1934 – 1974)