Commencement FAQ's

Is the Ceremony happening?:

  • Yes!  The June 2022 ceremony is being planned now.

When & Where is the Ceremony:

  • Date: The specific schedule as not yet been set, but the ceremoyh will be held the weekend of June, 10 -12, 2022.

Should I register for the ceremony?

  • YES, we still need our grads to register so we can recognize and celebrate you and your acheivements.
  • Registration will be done online through a central form.
    • Registration link will be provided as soon as it is availble.

Who May Participate?

  • Any Porter College affiliated student who has senior standing may participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Are Tickets required for guests?

  • This it to be determined, but anticipate "yes."

Is this “Commencement” or “Graduation”?

  • Graduation is official confirmation that academic work is complete.  Please remember to check in with your academic advisers to make sure your graduation requirements have been met.
  • Apply to graduate (and to receive the official University Diploma) with the Registrar’s Office via your Student Portal.
  • We use the terms “Commencement” and “Graduation” to define two different things.  You have to sign up for both, separately, and one is not dependent upon the other.  E.g.  You can participate in the June commencement ceremony but not graduate until Fall. 
  • “Commencement” is the celebration & ceremony.  Your family and friends get to see your degree conferred by the University.

Do I have to wear a Cap & Gown?

  • “Cap and Gown” are not required to participate.  You will have the opportunity to include a photo of yourself as part of your "Grad slide" (with your name & major), and you can decide how to present yourself.
    • If you choose not to wear Cap & Gown, it is the College’s expectation that you will wear clothing
      appropriate for the Ceremony and respectful to the Community.
  • If you do choose to wear "Cap & Gown", Commencement attire and Commencement announcements will be available online through Bay Tree Bookstore.
    • The undergraduate Cap & Gown will be cobalt blue w/ the UC Seal emblazoned in gold on the left sleeve.
    • Cap & Gown are purchase only, these are not "rent & return" Cap & Gown that have been used in previous years.
    • All regalia orders processed are non-refundable.
    • Please keep the registration deadlines in mind if you are depending on shipping to get receive your cap & gown in time to be in your grad photo when you register!

Commencement fees & costs

  • Cap & Gown (purchase):  Optional, costs per Bay Tree Bookstore.  See "Do I have to wear..." above.

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