Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible to participate?
Commencement is for Cañada College students who have completed their course work for an A.A., A.S. Degree or Certificate during Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. You must have completed the petitioned for graduation. If you are not sure about the status of your petition visit the Admission and Records office.

RSVP and Tickets

Do graduates need to RSVP to participate in Commencement?
Yes, students who plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony need to submit their electronic RSVP form. RSVPs will be taken until 5:00pm on Monday, May 14th, 2018.

Where can I buy my cap, gown, and tassel and how much will it cost?
Beginning the second week in May, graduates can purchase the complete academic attire (cap, gown, tassel). These items will be available in the Cañada College Bookstore. The combined cost of the academic attire is approximately $50 plus tax. 

Is there a deadline to RSVP?
Yes! To reserve your seat and guarantee your name will be printed in the program you MUST RSVP for commencement hereTo get your name printed in the Commencement Program, applications must be submitted before 5pm on Thursday, May 3rd.

Are tickets required to attend Commencement?
No tickets required unless it is raining. If it rains, the ceremony will move into the Theater, Building 3.

In case it rains, how do I get my tickets for Commencement?
Tickets will be distributed from the Bookstore, graduates will be required to sign for their tickets. Tickets Available: To be announced pending weather.

How do I get more tickets if I have more than 4 people attending?
Additional tickets are not available. Starting at 9:30 A.M. guests that do not have tickets will be allowed to fill remaining seats in the Gymnasium. The Gymnasium is the alternative location. No tickets are required for the planned location: outside Building 9 in the Upper Lawn.

I lost my tickets, can I get more tickets?
Replacement tickets are not available.

Graduation Regalia and Sashes

How do I know if I qualify to rent or purchase sashes? 
Sashes are based on GPA. If you have a 3.30 and above you qualify to rent or purchase the sashes. You can check your GPA in WebSmart under Student Services/Student Record/Request Unofficial Transcript. Your transcript will then be emailed with your GPA.

Where can I buy my cap, gown, and tassel and how much will it cost?
Graduates can purchase the complete academic attire and tassel in the Bookstore. The estimated cost is $50 plus tax. Announcements will also be available for sale. If you are in EOPS, the program will purchase your regalia. Visit the EOPS office for more information.

When and where can I buy or rent my sash for Cañada College Academic Honors?
Students receiving academic honors can purchase or rent their sash at the Bookstore. There will be a list showing which students are eligible for honors and high honors.

When and where can I order my Phi Theta Kappa honors sash, tassel, and cords?
Students can visit the Phi Theta Kappa website to order their honors regalia anytime. Students are encouraged to order them early. These items will NOT be available in the Bookstore and will NOT be purchased for members by the chapter. 

When and where can I pick up my extra-curricular sash (For example TRIO, EOPS, ASCC)?
Check in with the program director.

Rehearsal – Friday, May 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., on the Upper Lawn

Is there a rehearsal and if so, when is rehearsal?
Yes, there is a rehearsal. The Commencement rehearsal will take place in the Upper Lawn near Building 9. Graduates are strongly recommended to attend. The purpose of rehearsal is to practice the processional and answer any last minute questions.

On The Day Of Commencement, Saturday May 26, 2018

Do graduates need to Check-In on the day of Commencement?
Yes! All graduates MUST check-in at The Grove (Cafeteria), Building 5, rain or shine, dressed in your cap, ironed gown, and tassel. Check in is at 9:00 A.M. There you’ll receive your specialized commencement card to participate.

Where and what time does the Ceremony start and end?
The Ceremony will begin at 10:00 A.M. outside Building 9 in the Upper Lawn. Guest can begin arriving at 8:30 A.M.

The Ceremony is scheduled to end by 12:00 P.M.

What happens if it is raining?
If it is raining, the ceremony will move into the Theater, Building 3. You and your guests will need a ticket. Tickets will be available for pick up at the Bookstore depending on the weather. If you did not pick up tickets, your guest will have to wait until seats are available.


Where can guests park on the day of the Commencement?
Parking will be available in all studentlots. Parking is free.

Commencement Photographer

Will there be a photographer?
Yes! A professional photographer will be onsite to take pictures during commencement. Each graduate will be photographed while receiving their diploma/certificate. Graduates are not required to purchase these photos. They are optional.


When are diplomas mailed out to graduates?

For Graduates, diplomas are mailed out late August 2016 (exact date tbd) and for Summer 2016 Graduates, diplomas are mailed out late September (exact date tbd.) All graduates, even if you do not participate in the ceremony will receive your diplomas in the mail. If your address changes before then or if you have other questions regarding your diploma, please call the Admissions and Records Office at (650) 306-3122, or email Maria Lara, Program Services Coordinator,

Related Websites

Cañada Bookstore:

Cañada Center for Student Life and Leadership Development:

Phi Theta Kappa: