Graduate Information

*Graduates: Please do not bring personal items to the ceremony as there will be no place to keep them, including your original seat (as you change seats during the ceremony).

**RSVP for commencement at our eventbrite page RSVP is not required, but allows us to know the number of graduates to anticipate.

***Live stream commencement here

Cap, Gown and Tassle

Graduates and candidates will wear cardinal-colored caps and gowns, which are available at the Saddleback College bookstore. If you are not able to purchase a cap and gown due to financial reasons, please contact

For students who want to share the news of their graduation with family and friends, commencement announcements are available for purchase in the bookstore.

During the commencement ceremony, you will be handed the cover for your diploma or certificate.  Diplomas and certificates will be mailed during the month of October to all candidates who have completed their requirements.  If you move, please update your address online through MySite to ensure that you receive your diploma.

Admissions & Records will distribute honors tassles at check-in to all eligible candidates who've petitioned to graduate on time.


8:00 am - 8:45 am Graduate Check-in across from the gym at the baseball field.

  • Staff will help you with your cap and gown and will give you a name card. 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 served. You will also have the opportunity to network with faculty and staff and be able to commemorate the experience with areas to take your own pictures. 

9:00 am Processional begins.

  • The processional will be led by the faculty followed by the students and platform party. There will be marshals to assist with the student processional and lead graduates to their seats.
  • Stay standing until asked to be seated.
  • 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 right 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.

Students with special needs will be seated in the first row. To arrange for special needs, please contact the Special Services Office at 949-582-4915 at least a week prior to the ceremony date as we need time to coordinate the accommodations.


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 last row will leave first, followed by the second to last, etc. The members of the audience will remain in their places until the recessional is complete.

Photo Opportunity

A photo opportunity for students, guests, and participants will be held in the area adjacent to the Physical Education Complex (in between the pool area and the gymnasium) immediately following the ceremony.


Attire:  All graduates must wear the cardinal cap and gown.

Diploma: You will not receive your actual diploma; it will be mailed to you.

Honors Tassel: Admissions & Records will distribute honors tassels at check-in to all eligible candidates who've petitioned to graduate on time.

Personal Items: Don’t bring them, unless they fit in your pocket, as you won’t have a place to leave them (not even under your chair because your seat will change after you walk.)

Pictures: Will be taken and can be ordered in advance or the day of (see DVD and Photo's section for details).

Rehearsal: No rehearsal; just come at 8am the morning of graduation.

Seating: Graduates will sit with the people they line up with (no assigned seating.)

Tickets:  Please take a moment to RSVP at However, no tickets are necessary and seating is on a first come, first serve basis

* Note: Students will receive only a diploma or certificate cover during the ceremony. The diploma or certificate will be mailed during the month of October. For graduation/diploma information please contact Admissions and Records at (949) 582-4555