Graduation Ceremony

This year's commencement program scheduled for
Saturday, May 23, 2020 has been canceled.

However, SRJC will be holding a virtual graduation event! Learn more...


Additional Reminders:

Cap & Gown

The SRJC Santa Rosa Campus Bookstore on both the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campus will have caps and gowns available in late April for graduation ceremony participants. Announcements will be available individually or in groups of ten.


Students planning to participate in SRJC’s annual commencement ceremony must fill out the online Graduation Participation Form. The link to the form will be contained within your 2020 Graduation Ceremony Invitation which will be sent by mid-April 2020.


The graduation ceremony (for which there is NO rehearsal) will be held on the Santa Rosa campus near the outdoor stage. Participants should check in at the south entrance of Forsyth Hall dressed in their cap and gown by 8:00 AM.  The check in table for participants will be located near the Zumwalt parking garage clock tower.

Your ID cards will be returned to you as you check in on graduation day. (If you have not filled one out, be sure to do so.) Students will be asked to keep ID cards with them as they form lines (double file) in the breezeway between the Zumwalt parking garage and the football stadium

Guest information
  • Guests should assemble and be seated at Hyde Park located near the Bertolini Quad.
  • The ceremony lasts approximately two hours.
  • Guests do not need a ticket to attend the ceremony.

Graduates rise a row at a time, file to the front of the outdoor stage, and present their Identification Cards to the two members of the college staff who will alternate reading student names and other information from the ID card. Graduates then move across to the President of the College and the President of the Board of Trustees who will present diplomas (case only) and a handshake. Students will then continue around the rear of the platform and return to their seats. Ushers will be located nearby to direct students through this process, so do not be concerned. We have not lost anyone yet! If you are unable to attend the graduation ceremony, your diploma will be mailed to you in late July.

Special Accommodations 

Is you are in need of seating accommodations, please contact Kimberly Starke at (707) 527-4278 by Monday, May 18, 2020.  Families of those with seating accommodations will be seated together.

Inclement Weather Plan 

In the event of inclement weather, the Graduation Ceremony will take place as planned. Guests, faculty, administrators and students are asked to dress appropriately for hot weather and bring umbrellas for rain.



Directions From the north:

Travel south on Hwy 101. Exit at College Avenue turnoff. At the traffic light, make left turn onto College Avenue. Proceed eastbound on College Avenue to Mendocino Avenue. Turn left on Mendocino Avenue. At Pacific Avenue, turn left into the SRJC parking lot.

Directions From the south:

Travel north on Hwy 101. Exit at College Avenue turnoff. At the traffic light, make right turn onto College Avenue. Proceed eastbound on College Avenue to Mendocino Avenue. Turn left on Mendocino Avenue. At Pacific Avenue, turn left turn into the SRJC parking lot.

Google Map:

Door to door directions are available on Google Maps.

Free Parking:

All campus parking lots are open and free during Commencement activities.

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