Mission College Commencement 2017

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mission College Commencement Ceremony 2017

Friday, May 26th
6:00pm
San Jose City National Civic Center

135 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Petition to Graduate

The dates to file a petition for a degree are as follows:
February 16, 2017, Deadline to Petition for AA-T/AS-T degree
March 6-10, 2017, Deadline to petition for degree or certificate.

The links to the applications are as follows:
Certificate
AA/AS Degree
AA-T/AS-T Degree

Your Commencement Prep Guide

Degree and Certificate candidates wear a cap, a gown, and a tassel that may be purchased at the Mission College Bookstore beginning: TBA

These are yours to keep

Pricing

  • Cap + Gown + Appropriate Tassel --- TBA
  • Gown Only --- TBA
  • Cap Only --- TBA
  • Tassel Only --- TBA
  • Stole of Gratitude (optional) --- TBA

Plus size graduation gowns are also available upon request.

Tickets may be picked up at the Mission College Bookstore until: TBA. Each graduate will receive a total of TBD tickets each. All guests, including children of any age, will need a ticket to enter the Civic Center. There will not be replacements for lost or stolen tickets. Any tickets that are duplicated or tampered will be confiscated at the door and will NOT allow for entry.

You can also pick up your free graduation t-shirt at the Bookstore when you pick up your cap, gown, and tassel.

You must bring a valid Mission College student ID card or State Government-issued ID in order to pick up your cap, gown, tickets, and free t-shirt.

You must purchase a Mission College-issued 2017 Commencement tassel in order to participate in the ceremony.

Also available for you

  • Free “Thank You” cards are available at the Info Desk in the Campus Center for graduates to give out to faculty and staff who have been supportive of your journey at Mission!
  • Blank Announcements may be purchased in the Mission College Bookstore.
  • Personalized announcements may be ordered online at: http://www.cbgrad.balfour.com or by phone at: 1-800-433-0296.
Your Big Day!
  • Please arrive dressed in your graduation regalia (cap, Mission College tassel, gown, cords, etc.) and report to the San Jose National Civic Center Lobby starting at 4:30PM for check-in. Please be sure that all friends and family wait outside of the lobby. Only graduates will be allowed inside.
  • Please use the restroom prior to lining up in the Civic Center Lobby. Graduates may use the restrooms in the Civic Center. Once you are seated in for the commencement ceremony, you will not be allowed to leave your seat. All participants MUST stay for the entire ceremony.
  • Before you arrive at the gathering area, please leave ALL personal belongings (phone, jacket, purse, gifts, flowers, etc.) with your family members and friends.
  • You will be given a card to complete. You will print your name clearly (phonetically, if necessary) for the announcement of your name when you cross the stage. You will also write your name and address on this card and it will be given to the photographer so they may send you proofs of the pictures taken as you walk across the stage.
  • Honor students will pick up their gold cord upon checking in at the Civic Center Lobby.
  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:00PM. Please arrive early to avoid any delays in the event.
Parking Options: 
  • Convention Center (Almaden Blvd. Entrance): $1 per 20 minutes; $20 daily maximum, Monday - Sunday. Special rates as posted at facility may apply during special event.
  • Convention Center )Market Street Entrance) $1 per 20 minutes: $20daily maximum, Monday - Sunday. Special rates as posted at facility may apply during special event.
  • Additional Nearby Parking: 
  • Hyatt Place San Jose Downtown (282 S. Almaden Blvd.
    Self Parking Rates (rev. 4/10/15):
    0-1   Hour: $12   1-2 Hours: $18.00   2-4 Hours: $24.00  4-24 Hours: $31.00
  • Visit SJDowntownParking.com for Additional Parking Maps & Validation Locations

DRIVING DIRECTIONS 

⇒From SAN FRANCISCO (via 280)⇒
280 SOUTH
Take the exit toward VINE ST/ALMADEN AVE
Turn LEFT, under the freeway, onto S. ALMADEN BLVD
Turn RIGHT into the Convention Center Parking Garage

⇒From SAN FRANCISCO (via 101)⇒
101 SOUTH
Take CA-87 S, Guadalupe Pkwy
Take the PARK AVENUE exit
Turn LEFT onto PARK AVE
Turn RIGHT onto ALMADEN BLVD
Turn LEFT into the Convention Center Parking Garage

⇒From OAKLAND⇒
880 SOUTH
Take the COLEMAN AVE exit toward the Convention Center/Arena
Turn LEFT, over the highway, onto COLEMAN AVE
COLEMAN AVE turns into MARKET ST after 1.5 miles
Continue on MARKET ST into downtown
Cross W. SAN CARLOS ST
Turn RIGHT into the Convention Center Parking Garage

⇒From FREMONT⇒
680 SOUTH
Take I-280 N toward DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE
Take the 7TH STREET exit
Go STRAIGHT onto MARGARET WAY
MARGARET WAY bends right and becomes S 5TH ST
Turn LEFT onto E REED ST
Turn RIGHT onto MARKET ST
Turn LEFT into the Convention Center Parking Garage

⇒From SANTA CRUZ⇒
17 NORTH
Take I-280 S toward DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE
Take the exit toward VINE ST/ALMADEN AVE
Turn LEFT, under the freeway, onto S. ALMADEN BLVD
Turn RIGHT into the Convention Center Parking Garage

⇒From SALINAS/MONTEREY/MORGAN HILL⇒
101 NORTH
Take CA-85 N toward CUPERTINO/MTN VIEW
Merge onto CA-87 N toward DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE
Take the exit toward SAN CARLOS ST/AUZERAIS AVE
Turn RIGHT onto WOZ WAY
Turn LEFT onto ALMADEN BLVD
Turn RIGHT into the Convention Center Parking Garage

 

Please Keep in Mind

  • No bags or purses will be permitted. Cell phones must not be visible and must be put on silent mode. Both hands must be free of any articles while crossing the stage. Please keep all conversations to a minimum and at a respectable volume.
  • If you are receiving a Certificate and an Associates’ Degree, you can only cross the stage once. You can choose to walk with either the Certificate group or the Degree group, but not both.
  • A professional photographer will be taking pictures. Proofs will be mailed to you and you may purchase prints, if you wish.
  • Family and friends will not be allowed to approach the stage area during the ceremony. The stage area will be available following the ceremony for photo opportunities.

The following items will not be allowed in the San Jose City National Civic Center:
strollers, balloons, horns, beach balls, noisemakers, canned string, or serpentine spray.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rachael Goldberg at (408) 855-5407 or Liz Pelayo at (408) 855-5406 in the Office of Student Activities, Campus Center room 231.