Commencement

56th Annual 
Commencement

  Saturday, May 25, 2024

  10:00 A.M.

  Upper Lawn (Between Buildings 9 and 13)

Commencement is a significant and memorable event that symbolizes a student's scholastic accomplishment. It is a time when the faculty, attired in academic dress, pays tribute to the graduating class, and is also an occasion that is very meaningful to family and friends. 

RSVP for Commencement

 

Commencement Timeline

Friday, May 24, 2024

Commencement Rehearsal at Cañada College

  • Rehearsal
    • Upper Lawn – Between Buildings 9 and 13
    • 2 - 3 P.M.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Commencement Ceremony at Cañada College

  • Guest Arrival
    • Starting at 8:30 A.M.
    • Upper Lawn (Between Buildings 9 and 13)
    • Seating is first come, first serve
    • Free parking in student lots

Saturday, May 25, 2024

  • Graduate Check-in
    • 9 - 9:45 a.m.
    • The Grove (Building 5, Third Floor)
  • Commencement Ceremony
    • Upper Lawn (Between Buildings 9 and 13)
    • 10 a.m. 
  •  Reception
    • Immediately following commencement ceremony
    • Lower Lawn (Near Theater and Building 8)
    • Light grab-and-go refreshments served

 

Commencement Parking MapView full-size map

 

Grad Gear! How to Purchase College Regalia

You can order regalia and other commencement merchandise from the Cañada Bookstore and orders will be mailed to your homes.

Shop Regalia     More Merchandise   

Photo of a Cañada College Graduate wearing a green regalia.

Download Zoom Backgrounds

For our Grads, Parents, Grandparents, Faculty and Staff.

View Zoom Backgrounds   

Proud Grad 2024 Zoom Background Preview

Let's Celebrate!

Congratulations to the Class of 2024! Post about your celebration with #iCANgrad24, #cañadagrad or #cañadacollege to be featured on our social wall.

Don't want to be included in public listings as a graduate?  Fill out the Public Listing Opt-Out form 

Response Summary for Demonstrations and Protests During Commencement

We anticipate a beautiful and uninterrupted Commencement Ceremony.

  • Cañada College is being proactive and transparent about our safety preparation.
  • All commencement participants are asked to help us have a safe and peaceful ceremony.

Cañada College honors and respects the tenets of free speech and views peaceful demonstrations as a vital part of civic and public education.

  • Cañada College supports students, staff, and faculty in nonviolent protests and demonstrations.
  • Cañada College encourages the advance planning and notification of such events to help the administration be aware and work together to ensure peace and safety. 

It is important to understand the kind of speech that is not allowed. Examples include:

  • Speech that causes disruption to instruction or the educational process in the classroom, or disrupts college/district activities or operations, such as commencement.
  • Speech cannot advocate for violence, the use of force, or incite (or be likely to incite) lawless action. 

Cañada College’s duty includes:

  • Ensuring that demonstrations do not infringe on the right of speech of others
  • Minimizing disruptions to operations and damage to college property
  • Working with event organizers and demonstrators to safely facilitate events and allow for freedom of expression
  • College/District employees and Public Safety will use their discretion and judgment in determining when free speech crosses the line from peaceful to disruptive such that commencement proceedings cannot continue
  • Cañada College will ensure pre-show announcements encouraging respectful and peaceful behavior

In general, outdoor locations are available for protest or demonstration. However, Commencement is an important part of our educational process, and thus, for purposes of Commencement, locations for protest and demonstrations will be limited to ensure:

  • Safe ingress and egress of graduates and attendees
  • Safe and uninterrupted processions of students and employees
  • Speakers or performers can be seen and heard by the audience
  • Free flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and parking
  • No imminent health threats or safety hazard violations
  • Maps are available to bring awareness to the outdoor commencement ceremony boundaries that set aside areas for the smooth flow of the procession and observation by family and friends. View the Commencement Map.

The College has assigned a campus team of Vice President’s, Deans, and Student Life managers/assistants to de-escalate any observed nonviolent disruptive behavior. Examples of disruptive behavior include:

  • Blocking the view of commencement observers with signs
  • Amplifying sound or yelling that disrupts speakers, reading of the names, or performers
  • Blocking the flow of vehicles
  • Blocking the procession of graduates and employees

The campus team will have conversations with the person(s) involved in the disruption and make efforts to cease the disruptive behavior. If the behavior continues beyond these efforts of the campus team, public safety will be asked to intervene and continue to speak to the disruptor to de-escalate.

If the disruption is preventing the continuance of the commencement ceremony and after all efforts to de-escalate have been exhausted, then the disruptor(s) will be asked to leave campus.

If the disruptor(s) refuses to leave and continues to disrupt to the extent that commencement cannot proceed, there will be a series of pauses of the event and potential cancellation.

  • Violence requires immediate police engagement and action
  • Event may be canceled if there is a high risk for damage to property or physical harm
  • Authority to cancel rests with the District Chancellor, College President, or designee