Instructions for Commencement
Pending the state of the COVID 19 pandemic, the 2020 Commencement Ceremony will be held on the lawn behind the PUB at 2 p.m. on June 20. Ponchos will be provided in case of rain. Umbrellas will not be permitted because we want everyone to be able to see you. Please wear clothing and shoes suitable for an outdoor ceremony on grass.
Due to limited seating, each graduate will be provided 4 commencement tickets. We understand that some of you have large families, but unfortunately we cannot accommodate additional guests. We do plan to live stream the event on the internet. Hopefully your additional friends and family members will be able to join you for a celebration following the ceremony. We will also be allowing non-ticketed guests to enter the event at 2 p.m., space permitting.
Seating will begin at 1:00 p.m. Guests will enter the site next to Keegan Hall (M Building). Please contact Rick Ross prior to Saturday if you, or a guest, have a documented disability requiring special seating arrangements (wheelchair, etc.). There are some disability parking spaces west of Keegan Hall, but it is also common for guests to drop off those who might benefit from a shorter walk and then park in the main lot.
The Peninsula College Commencement Ceremony is a tradition cherished by administration, faculty, staff and students and we ask that you respect the integrity of this event by refraining from decorating your cap and gown with messages or other forms of “art.”
On the day of commencement, students should report to the Little Theater (east entrance) prior to 1:00 p.m. You will receive a card with your name on it and the degree or certificate you have earned. You will receive a 10-minute briefing on the ceremony in the Little Theater. This will take place of a rehearsal.
We will then leave the Theater and line you up according to the degree or certificate you earned. We will have people and signs to assist you. The two lines need to be even as possible in length. If you wish to sit next to someone at graduation, they should be in front, or behind you in line (the lines will split when you enter your seats). Every seat must be occupied.
Tassels should be on right side of the mortar board. Procession will begin at 2:00PM. You will follow the faculty to the outdoor venue, located on the lawn behind the PUB. A reception will follow in the PUB at about 3:30PM.
Congratulations to you for earning your degree or certificate and best of luck to you in your future endeavors.
Graduation at Peninsula College is a three-step process consisting of:
- Submitting an Degree/Graduation Application form.
- Completing all academic requirements for your degree.
- Settling all financial obligations.
If you have not filled out the Degree/Graduation Application, please do so immediately or contact your student advisor with any questions.
Individuals should apply for graduation one quarter in advance of the quarter they anticipate graduating if possible, but Peninsula College will make every effort to accommodate you should you decide later in your journey to participate in Commencement. The Degree/Graduation Application, with any approved substitutions signed by a program advisor, should be submitted online or returned to Student Services as soon as possible in the quarter. Student Services will perform a final review authorizing graduation or pointing out any deficiencies that must be overcome.
Cap and Gown
Grad packages and tickets will be available for pickup at the campus book store, tentatively in June.
For questions please contact Pirate Central:
Phone: (360) 417-6340
Toll-free: (877) 452-9277, Ext. 6340
TDD: (360) 417-6339
We congratulate you on your graduation and extend best wishes for the future!