Graduation Program Outline

8:00a - 8:45a  Graduate Check-in outside Science and Math Building near the Coffee Cart

  • Staff will help you with your cap and gown.
  • You will be given your name card. Please write phonetically how your name is spoken.
  • Please legibly write your mailing address on the reverse side of the card. The photographer will be using this information to send you proofs of your photos.
  • Light refreshments will be provided. There will also be opportunities to socialize and take pictures with faculty, staff and other graduates.

***Please do not bring personal items such as bags and purses. There will not be a location to store them. When you rise from your seat to receive your diploma, you will not return to the same seat. 


  • The processional will be led by the faculty and staff line, followed by the student line.
  • There will be line marshals to assist with the student processional.
  • Stay standing until asked to be seated.

*** Students who need accomodations will be seated in the first row. If you need special accommodations, please contact the DSPS Office at 949-582-4915 at least a week prior to the ceremony.

  • At the presentation of the class by the Academic Senate President, the first row will rise.
  • Following the student marshals' directions, students will file completely out after the preceding row and line up at the ramp on the left side of the staging platform; the rest of the rows will follow the first row as directed.
  • Each student will proceed to the microphone and hand the speaker their name card. The student will walk across the platform and will receive their diploma or certificate cover* while shaking the hand of the presenter.
  • The student will exit across the stage and turn left down the ramp, take a photograph off stage and then proceed back to his/her seat.
  • Each student must be seated immediately upon reaching his/her seat.


  • After the ceremony, the platform party will lead the recessional, followed by the faculty and then the students.
  • The student marshals will direct the students in the recessional.
  • The front row will leave first, followed by the second, etc. 
  • The members of the audience will remain in their places until the recessional is complete.