2020 Commencement Central

Cypress College’s 53rd Commencement

Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Virtual Platforms

The celebration has arrived!



Presidential Scholars of Distinction

In 2019, Cypress College started a new tradition with the selection of the inaugural cohort of Presidential Scholars of Distinction, a new academic recognition and scholarship intended to honor nine students who exemplify what it means to be a Cypress College student. The Presidential Scholars were nominated by the faculty in their specific academic major clusters, selected by the members of that academic pathway, and affirmed by President JoAnna Shilling, Ph.D.


Brandon Nguyen,
Business/CIS

John Lasater,
CTE

Kylie Christensen,
Fine Arts

Christina Williams,
Health Science

Frankie Islas,
Kinesiology

Nate Garcia,
Language Arts

Anh Nguyen,
L/LRC

Connor Kilzer,
SEM

Sarah Queneau,
Social Sciences

Outstanding Graduate Elise Cunanan

Female student in cap and gown

Elise Cunanan is Cypress College’s 2020 Outstanding Graduate. Cunanan completed two associate degrees in fall 2019, one in sociology and the second in liberal studies: social and behavioral sciences. She began attending California State University, Fullerton, this spring. Her career goals are to become a school counselor and to work for a non-profit organization.

At Cypress College, Cunanan was a member of the Associated Students, worked as a member of the Student Ambassador team, and established the Student Advocates for Education Club to provide community service to K-12 and higher education students. She also worked to raise awareness about student homelessness.

“I selected Cypress College because my parents both are alumni of community colleges, my mom even attended Cypress College herself,” Cunanan said. “I actually did not apply to any universities as a high school senior, because I felt that choosing a university to attend was a big decision that I was not ready to make at the time. Another great benefit about Cypress College is that tuition is affordable and the staff here is extraordinarily helpful.”

Words "Faculty Awards"

Outstanding Full-Time Faculty

All Full-Time Faculty

Outstanding Adjunct Faculty

All Adjunct Faculty

Charger Award

Kathleen McAlister, Distance Education Coordinator


Commencement Packages

Buen Cypress Package (Free for each graduate) 1) Commemorative Cypress College "Buen Cypress" Medallion*; 2) Specially designed Class of 2020 Academic Stole by Area of Study*; 3) Imprinted Cypress College Logo Diploma Cover*; 4) Cypress College Commencement Picture Frame (5 x 7)*; 5) 2020 Commencement Program; and 6) Try and Download a Free Graduation Photo App: Graduation Photo Editor (take photos in a virtual cap and gown). *Distribution/pickup of starred items will occur during summer 2020 NOTE: Degrees and certificates will be mailed to graduates in August 2020 Charger Package Cost: $18 plus shipping and tax - 1) Includes items in the Buen Cypress Package AND; 2) Cypress College Graduate Regalia (Cap, Gown, and Tassel), order from academicapparel.com/product/cypress-college; 3) Exclusive appointment to take a photo in regalia with a professional photographer in front of a Cypress College Media Wall in the Cypress College Theater Lobby (tentatively scheduled for June 9-10, 2020); and 4) One free 5 by 7 photo from appointment above, plus access to digital photos if you wish to purchase a photo package. NOTE: Grad Images photo company will be emailing students who order regalia with a link to schedule their exclusive appointments.

Cap and Gown Orders

Cap, gown, and tassel packages can be purchased for $18 plus shipping and tax here: https://www.academicapparel.com/product/cypress-college/. All sales are final, and shipping cannot be refunded.

For students graduating with High Honors or Honors, please refer to the following when determining which color honors cord 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.

When submitting your order, please select “UPS Ground” for the shipping method. Orders are expected (but not guaranteed) to ship within 1 business day of the order submission and should arrive within a few days total.

Graduates purchasing a cap, gown, and tassel package will be able to schedule a free photo opportunity wearing their academic regalia in front of a Cypress College Media Wall in the Theater Lobby with Grad Images. This is tentatively scheduled for June 9-10, 2020. Students who purchase a cap and gown package will receive an email from Grad Images about scheduling their exclusive appointment.

Commencement in the App

Commencement information is now available literally at your fingertips. Check out the new Commencement persona in the app for answers to your questions, the latest information, and more. Updates made frequently, so check back often!

To change your persona in the app, click on the person icon in the upper righthand corner and click on “My Persona,” then choose “Commencement.” This will direct you to the Commencement persona where you can access commencement-related information and receive announcements and push notifications specific to graduating.

Don’t have the app yet? Download it here!

Also, for those planning to graduate, be sure to keep an eye out on your preferred email inbox (the email address you normally receive Cypress College emails at; this can be confirmed in myGateway) for further commencement-related information.