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Participation in the Commencement ceremony is optional but encouraged. Diplomas are mailed to students who do not participate. Any student who is not planning on participating should notify the registrar at santafe.registrar(at)sjc.edu or 505-984-6075 as soon as possible.
Successful completion of the academic program and good financial standing are required to participate. All students who are on track to graduate will receive a letter from the Dean’s Office notifying them that they have satisfied the college’s academic requirements. Students with unpaid balances will be notified in advance by the Treasurer’s Office. Accounts must be cleared by Friday, May 19. Any student with an unpaid balance will be permitted to walk at Commencement, but will receive a blank diploma. The actual diploma will be issued when the account is settled. Please call Student Account Coordinator Pamela Francis at 410-626-2515 if you have questions or concerns about your account.
Nothing, unless they have placed a Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act privacy hold on their records. The hold must be removed in order for a name to be listed in the program. Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 505-984-6075 for more information.
We do not request a formal response for any commencement activities. Beginning in April, all students who are preparing to graduate may obtain up to 10 invitations from the Assistant Dean’s Office. If needed, a limited number of additional invitations may be obtained from the Assistant Dean’s Office after April 15. If a student anticipates inviting more than 10 guests, e-mail Sondra Gadell at spgadell(at)sjc.edu or call her in the President’s Office at 505-984-6098.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to sit on the lawn, please bring picnic blankets. Chairs are provided.
Parking is restricted to one side of Camino Cruz Blanca and the visitor’s parking lot on the St. John’s campus. Please do not park in student, staff, or faculty lots. Please notify parking attendants if you have a handicapped guest—you will be directed to a drop-off location. Overflow parking will be available at the Rio Grande School, 715 Camino Cabra, a half mile away from campus. Overflow parking lots are unpaved and will be served by a shuttle. Please do not park in the paved lots at Atalaya Elementary School, which is located right behind the Rio Grande School.
We are happy to help. Please e-mail Sondra Gadell at spgadell(at)sjc.edu or call her in the President’s Office at 505-984-6098 to make arrangements for ASL interpretation or any other requests.
Please refrain from bringing any air horns, noise makers, balloons or whistles to Commencement. Firearms and dogs (except service animals) are also not permitted on campus.
The ceremony and photography sessions will be moved indoors but will proceed as planned.
Winter graduates of the M.A. program participate in the spring ceremony with the B.A. candidates. Graduate students who complete their degrees in the summer will be invited to participate in a separate ceremony in August.
Individual photos are taken of students as they receive their diploma and may be ordered after graduation by contacting the photographer directly. The college will provide contact information when it becomes available. It takes approximately six weeks to process the commencement photos.
Since the college does not offer an official video recording, guests are welcome to set up a camera in the back of the seating area. Please do not block aisles, and please be respectful of others’ lines of sight.
Because of the intensity of the sun in our high-altitude location and the unpredictable weather, we suggest that you wear layered clothing, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Late spring can be windy and chilly, so please bring jackets and hats as well. Water will be provided.
In April, the Career Services Office will distribute instructions for ordering caps and gowns. We suggest that students wear business casual or formal dress under their gowns. Because of the processional and stairs to the podium, it is highly recommended that women wear comfortable shoes that are easy to walk in.