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Graduation Petitions are due Friday April 10, 2015 

Graduation is

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Bud and Jean Ottmar Memorial Gymnasium

Wheelchair accessible parking is available in parking lot G.

Ticket Information

Graduates may pick up 4 tickets in the bookstore when they purchase their cap and gown. The tickets are free, but each guest will need one in order to attend the ceremony. Yes, children attending the ceremony will need a ticket in order to attend as well.

We regret that extra tickets are not available..

Attending staff and faculty may pick up their two tickets by contacting Grace Cardinalli in Student Services.

The Ceremony

The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. The gym is not air conditioned, so dress accordingly. Bottled water will be available for sale.

* * * We ask guest NOT to bring balloons to the ceremony as they block the view of other audience members* * *

An area will be set up for graduates to take photos. Balloon bouquets, strollers, and animals are not permitted inside the gym. (Licensed Assistance Animals are an exception)

Please arrive early to find a seat!

ASB Reception

The Associated Student Body will be hosting a reception immediately following the ceremony for graduates and their guests. The reception will be held in the Student Center.


Gavilan College is a smoke and tobacco-free campus. Smoking is only permitted within the designated areas in the parking lots.



Diploma wrapped with a red ribbon


Graduate Information

Last Day to Purchase Caps and Gowns

Friday, May 22, is the last day to purchase caps and gowns at the bookstore.  
But don't wait until the last minute!

Reminder: graduates must wear a cap and gown in order to participate.

Group Photo

Graduates will assemble in front of the Social Sciences Building for a group photo on the lawn at 4:45 p.m. on graduation day. Graduates please wear your cap and gown. Cost to purchase the photo is $25. Order forms will be provided by NW Photography when the photo is taken. Be sure to bring your cash or check.

Individual photos will be taken at the ceremony as you cross the stage. Two weeks after the ceremony, graduates can order these photos by visiting External Link

Black graduation cap with black tassels and a diploma

Assembly Time and Location

Graduates will gather in the courtyard in front of the theater at 5:15 p.m. on graduation day. There, graduates will receive instructions before marching to the gym for the ceremony. Graduates, please be on time!

Last modified: March 17, 2015
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