Graduation Ceremony

Graduating Students - Information you need to know!

  • The DEADLINE to apply and ensure that your name is included in the 2020 Commencement Program is Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
  • The Graduation Ceremony will be held on May 23, 2020
  • 9:00 AM at Bertolini Quad
  • The ceremony lasts approximately two hours


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 is contained within your 2020 Graduation Ceremony Invitation which is found under personal announcements in your student portal


The Graduation Ceremony (for which there is NO rehearsal) will be held on the campus near the outdoor stage. Participants should arrive at the north entrance of Tauzer Gym by 8:00 AM with your cap and gown.

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 along the west side of Garcia (double file) in lines extending from the Garcia Hall doorway south toward Tauzer Gym.


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 

Call the Vice President of Student Services Office at (707) 524-1651 by May 21st if special assistance is needed for non-ambulatory or vision-impaired guests. Contact Disability Resources Department at (707) 527-4581 to request equipment for the hearing impaired. 

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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