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College of Marin Commencement

89th Annual College of Marin Commencement

Mark your calendar · Friday, May 20, 2016 · 6 pm
Diamond Physical Education Center, Kentfield Campus

 

Eligible graduates can RSVP today!

*Be sure to meet with your Academic Counselor to confirm eligibility.

 

 

Submit an application to be the 2016 student speaker!

The College is pleased to have Dr. Alfredo Quninones-Hinojosa as the honored commencement keynote speaker.

Be on the lookout for your official invitation email where you can RSVP. Please respond no later than May 9, 2016!

Graduating Students – information you need to know!

Caps and Gowns / Announcements
Beginning Monday, March 21, 2016, students may order their graduation regalia online. [Select “Graduation Caps & Gowns,” then “Student Biobased Regalia.”] Students can either order the Graduation Unit (cap, gown, tassel) or order items individually.

The deadline to order your regalia is Thursday, April 21, 2016.  Students will NOT pay for items online; you will pay at the College of Marin Bookstore when you pick up your regalia, starting Monday, May 16.

Graduation Regalia Pricing
Graduation Unit (cap, gown, tassel): $35
Cap: $6.75, gown: $25, tassel: $3.25

If you miss the online order deadline, a select number of caps, gowns and tassels will be available at the Bookstore for purchase, beginning Monday, May 16.
Store Hours and Contact Info
Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 7 pm
Friday: 8 am – 3 pm
Contact: Alex Hunt, Bookstore Manager
(415) 485-9394
bookstore@marin.edu

Additional Info
Class rings, diploma frames and personalized graduation announcements are also available to purchase directly from the Jostens website. If you cannot afford announcements, please visit the bookstore starting April 18.

Graduation Identification Card
You will receive your Graduation Identification Card when you check in the day of the ceremony. It will be used to read your name when you cross the stage. If you have an often mispronounced name, please call 415.485.9648 and leave a message repeating your name as you would like it to be read at the ceremony.

Ceremony Protocol
Graduating students should arrive in their regalia at the Physical Education Center Quad at 5:00 p.m. to check in. You will receive your Graduation ID Card as you check in. Commencement marshals will escort you into the Gymnasium. At the appropriate time in the ceremony, the reader will ask the A.A., A.S., certificate candidates and Marin County Office of Education certificate of completion students to rise. Marshals will direct students to the platform row by row. Give your Graduation ID Card to the reader when you approach the stage. When you receive your diploma cover, exit the stage, pause to allow the professional photographer to take your picture, then return to your seat and sit down. (Your official diploma will arrive in the mail to you in late July). After all graduates are seated, the vice president will ask you to move your tassel from the right to the left side of your cap.

Reception
Reception for students, family and friends to immediately follow. Tickets are not required to attend.

Special Accommodations 
A sign language interpreter team will sign during the ceremony. If students or guests need other accommodations, please call 415.485.9376.

Photographs
GradImages will provide professional photography at the ceremony. All graduates will be photographed individually on stage with President Coon. Please visit their website at www.gradimages.com where you will find your photos available to share and order online. You are not obligated to purchase any of the photographs taken by GradImages.

Flowers
A vendor will be on site selling flowers at the ceremony.

Student Commencement Speaker Application Guidelines

Commencement Speaker Application

Would you like the honor of being selected as the student speaker for the 89th Annual College of Marin Commencement? Each year a student is selected to give a speech at commencement on behalf of the graduating class. If you are graduating with an AA or AS degree or a certificate, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, please consider sharing your story with fellow grads and campus community.

Below are guidelines for the student speech:

  1. Student information: Include your full name, phone number and email address.
  2. Length: Your speech should be no longer than 10 minutes.
  3. Content: Reflect what you found important about your education at College of Marin; share ways in which your education will influence your future; what you have learned from your teachers and other students; and how your education has prepared you to be a citizen of the world.
  4. Context: Design the address to include college and life experiences shared by graduates.
  5. Audience: Focus your address on the graduates.

The deadline for submitting a written copy of your speech is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18, 2016. If you have questions, please email Sadika Sulaiman Hara or call (415) 485-9376.

Finalists will present their speeches to a selection committee - date and location at the Kentfield campus to be determined. Following the presentations, the selection committee will select the speaker.

Questions?

Please call 415.485.9376 or email commencement@marin.edu

Resources

Kentfield Campus maps and directions

Map for commencement

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Commencement Webpage
Content Responsible: Sadika Sulaiman Hara, (415) 485-9375