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Commencement Information

Date and Time: Friday, May 24, 2019. The ceremony will begin promptly at 6 pm. Gates open at 4:30 pm. Graduates meet in the gym at 4 pm.

Location: Cerritos College Falcon Stadium located at 11110 East Alondra Boulevard, Norwalk, California      

Tickets for GuestsThe Cerritos College Commencement Ceremony is a FREE event, however, each guest will need a ticket to enter the stadium.  

Reminder to all attending guests:

  • Strollers, balloons, noisemakers, large signs will not be admitted into the stadium for the ceremony.
  • All bags will be checked by security at the entrance.
  • Seat saving will not be permitted in the stands.
  • For the safety of your children and others, children should be attended to at all times.
  • Falcon Stadium is a smoke free zone. This includes vaping.
  • Respect those around you. Every guest is here to celebrate their graduate. Please help create a respectful and friendly environment for all guests, graduates, and staff.

Ticket Distribution

   

Parking and Directions

Parking for Commencement will be free. The section of parking immediately in front of the stadium is reserved for ADA Handicapped Parking only. To enter that section vehicles must display a handicap placard or license plate.

The streets surrounding the campus will be heavily congested with traffic, especially those accessing the campus via Alondra Blvd.

To avoid traffic and parking lot congestion, we encourage guests to arrive early and park in lot 10, which can be accessed through 166th street.

 Directions to Cerritos College:

From Downtown Los Angeles
Take I-5 South to I-605 South, exit I-605 at Alondra Blvd, turn left on Alondra Blvd, take Alondra Blvd East. The college will be on the right just past Studebaker Road.

From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Take I-105 East to I-605 South, exit I-605 at Alondra Blvd, turn left on Alondra Blvd, take Alondra Blvd East.

From John Wayne Airport (Orange County)
Take I-405 North to I-605 North, exit I-605 at Alondra Blvd, turn right on Alondra Blvd, take Alondra Blvd East.

TIP: The streets surrounding the campus will be heavily congested. To avoid traffic and parking lot congestion, we encourage guests to arrive early and park in lot 10, which can be accessed through 166th street.

Rideshare & Passenger Drop Off Zone will be located in parking lot 10 and accessed via 166th Street.  Due to heavily congested traffic, drop offs will not allowed in front of the stadium and gym.

Gifts and Graduation Regalia (Cap and Gown) Caps, gowns, tassels, and gifts will be on sale in the Bookstore beginning in April. GRAD FAIR is April 10 and 11, 10 am - 2 pm at the Bookstore.

COMMENCEMENT DAY INSTRUCTIONS FOR GRADUATES

 Make sure to check out the Graduate Newsletter!

  • Graduates MUST report to the gymnasium by 4 pm and no later than 5 pm on Commencement day.
  • Instructions will be explained to all participating graduates in detail on May 18 in the gymnasium.
  • Graduates are expected to stay during the entire ceremony.
  • Official cap and gown are required for participation.
  • Selected adornments, such as honor and organizational cords and stoles and flower leis, may be worn with the cap and gown.
  • Graduates that arrive after 5 pm WILL NOT be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Regalia Preparation for Graduation

Prior to Commencement Day

  • Graduates may purchase their cap and gown during the Grad Fair in the Bookstore, April 10 - 11, and up until May 18, 2018.
  • Regalia cost: $40.00 plus tax. Price includes cap, gown and tassel.
  • Have your gown pressed (cool iron only).
  • If you are borrowing regalia from a sibling or friend, please make sure it matches the black cap and gowns that are sold at the bookstore.

Commencement Day Dress Code Aside from properly wearing your cap and gown during all times of the ceremony, there is no official Commencement dress code.

How To Wear Your Regalia Gowns should be zipped up at all times during the ceremony. The cap should be worn straight and pulled down over the forehead. You may need to use bobby pins to keep your cap on. Caps should also be worn at all times during the ceremony, except during the National Anthem (men). The tassel should be draped over the left front quarter of the cap. 

Wear Proper Footwear Remember to dress comfortably and wear proper footwear. For your safety, graduates are strongly urged not to wear high heels because the turf in the field is artificial and may cause a tripping hazard. Wedge heels and flats work best.

Decorating Your Cap Graduates are allowed to decorate their caps for the ceremony. Please keep in mind that the Cerritos College Standard of Conduct does apply to the graduation ceremony. If your cap violates a standard of conduct, you will be asked to remove your cap.

Cords, Medals, and Sashes If the graduate earned an honors cord, medal, and/or sash during the time they attended Cerritos College (for example Phi Theta Kappa and Scholars Honors Program graduates) they are more than welcome to wear those items.

Honors Students Honors graduates will be identified by a gold cord. These graduates may pick up these cords at the Bookstore register during the Grad Fair and until supplies last. The bookstore staff will receive the list of Honors graduates in mid-to-late April. Only those graduates who have earned an A. A. degree with a grade point average of 3.3 or better are eligible to receive a honors cord. A Cerritos College student ID is required to pick up Honors cords.

  • Honors: Graduates who achieved a GPA of 3.3 to 3.69 
  • Highest Honors: Graduates who achieved a GPA of 3.7 or higher

If you have questions regarding the honors and whether or not you are eligible to receive honors cord please contact Admissions and Records.

Personal Items Do not bring any personal items to the ceremony. Cerritos College will not be responsible for any personal items.

Commencement Program If you would like your name to appear in the Commencement 2018 Program, please submit your "Request for Associate in Arts Degree/Certificate of Achievement" evaluation form to the Admissions and Records office by their deadline. Students who submit their requests after this date may still participate in Commencement; however, their names will not appear in this program. Programs are free and a copy will given to each participant and each guest present at the ceremony.

Photographs

Photographs at the Grad Fair Grad Images will be at the Cerritos College Grad Fair to take any Commencement portraits for those students wishing to have a portrait before Commencement. This is a great idea if you are planning to send out graduation announcements.

Photographs on Commencement Day All graduates will have a photo opportunity as they proceed off stage and back to their seats. On commencement day, you will be asked to complete the form on the back of your name card, and a free color proof will be mailed to you.  Once you have received your proof in the mail you can contact Grad Images at their customer service line at (800) 261-2576. The link for graduates is www.gradimages.com

Certificates and Diploma

Certificates and Degrees You will be notified by mail when your diploma or certificate is available for pickup in the Office of Admissions and Records. Please make sure that your mailing information is correct and up-to-date.

Diploma Covers As a recognition of your accomplishments and participation in the ceremony, graduates who participate in the entire Commencement Ceremony will receive a diploma cover immediately after the ceremony. If you do not participate in Commencement, or you leave the ceremony before the ending procession off the field, you are able to purchase a diploma cover at the Cerritos College Bookstore.

Diplomas Held
Please note that if you have an outstanding obligation to the college, this will prevent Cerritos College from releasing your diploma when it become available.

additional Guest information

Falcon Stadium gates open at 4:30 pm.

Tickets: This year each guest will need a ticket to attend the commencement ceremony. Children under 2 do not require a ticket, however, they must sit on a lap. Children must be attended to at all times.

Security and Safety: Bags will be searched by campus police at the entrance of the stadium. The following will not be permitted in Falcon Stadium:

  • strollers/ car seats
  • large signs/ confetti/ balloons/ noisemakers
  • alcohol/ drugs
  • open/glass containers
  • smoking/ vaping

Due to limited seating, "seat-saving" will not be permitted. We ask that parties that wish to sit together arrive together.

Please be considerate and respectful of other guests: Do not block or stand in anyone's view during the ceremony. Please keep all aisles/stairways clear and do not stand at the rails. To ensure the safety of children and others, children must be attended to at all times.

Disability Accomodations

Graduates: If you require disability accommodations contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S)  (562) 860-2451, ext. 2335; (562) 274-7164 (VP) a minimum of two weeks prior to commencement ceremony

Parking: Students and guests with a DMV approved placard can park in the parking lot 1, in front of the stadium. 

Wheelchair/Power-Scooter Guests: In addition to general wheelchair seating in the grandstand, wheelchair/power-scooter users and one non-disabled guests may opt to be seated on the track the day of the event.

Field level wheelchair/power-scooter seating is available the home side of the stadium only. Disability field level seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

For any other accommodation requests or for additional information regarding accomodations, please contact Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSP&S) at (562) 860-2451, ext. 2335; (562) 274-7164 (VP). 

 

For more information regarding the Commencement Ceremony, visit the Student Activities Office or call (562) 860-2451 ext. 2458

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