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College of the Sequoias
Commencement Ceremony                             


2017 Commencement Ceremony - Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 7:00 pm:

  *   Graduates arrive at the Redwood Gym at 5 pm for check-in and instructions
*   Information regarding the ceremony has been emailed to graduate's emails.
   *   You will check in and receive instructions for the ceremony  (see letter with instructions below)
  No decorated caps/gowns
No purses or personal items
Cell phones will be allowed – must be set on silent
Remind family and friends – no balloons, large signs, or noise makers will be allowed in the stadium

Graduation Requirements:
   Deadline to file for an Associate Degree
Graduates Participating (Walking) in the Commencement Ceremony:
1a - Letter_grads - Honors*
2   - Letter_grads walking
* (Grads with an accumulative gpa of 3.500 - please check your giant email to view letters for: Honor Cords, Honors Reception, and Class Speaker) 
[Note: email attachments don't show up when viewing on phones. If you have questions or need assistance, please visit the Student Activities & Affairs office.]
(check back for info & updates)

Address - Email - Graduation Ceremony

   The Student Activities and Affairs office will be contacting all Fall 2016 graduates and Spring 2017 graduate / candidates in March.

   Students should check their  mailing address in Banner to make sure it is correct.  Diplomas / Degrees will be mailed.

correspondence will only be sent to student email system.  

 Fall: October 20, 2016     Spring: February 23, 2017

Visit a COS Counseling office to complete a graduation application packet 
  *  Visalia Sequoia Building, Room 103      *  Hanford Hub        *  Tulare Building A
   You must meet with a counselor to determine qualification for graduation
  *  Counseling Center Link           *  Academic Calendar         *  Important Dates
Grad Fest 2017:
March 31, 2017  - 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
   COS Bookstore (Visalia Campus - Giant Forest Bldg.)
   This is when graduates will sign up to participate in the ceremony*
     Cap, Gown, Tassel information/prices
      -  Grad Fest Information
   If you are borrowing a cap/gown - it must be approved at the  
   Student Activities and Affairs office  (Giant Forest bldg)
     [If you are unable to attend the Grad Fest - visit the COS Bookstore 
     during normal business hours (M-F) 
to purchase grad attire]   
[May 10, 2017 - deadline to purchase graduation cap/gown/tassel] 

 * During the Grad Fest:  Graduate/candidates will purchase
    and take their graduation attire with them (cap/gown/tassel)  
     First 100 graduates may fill out a postcard to sign up 
     to record a graduation message. 
     (15 second message to be played while guests arrive in the stadium.)

COS Commencement Videos:​

To purchase a DVD: 
·         Pay for the video at the Cashiers office (Sequoia Rm 102).
o    DVD          - $ 5
o    Blu-Ray    - $ 7
·         Take the receipt to the Audio Visual office (Sycamore Rm 106)
Graduation Photos:
   The Director of the Student Activities and Affairs office coordinates the Graduation Ceremony.
   Informational email blasts will be sent out weekly beginning January 2017 to COS students. ( email accounts)
   Letters with graduation information will be mailed and emailed in March 2017.
   [Fall 2016 graduates and Spring 2017 graduate candidates]  

Graduation - Participant Letter & Map:
Informational letters will be posted on the web and will be emailed to graduates/candidates in Spring 2017
Important Information - Links  
   * Diplomas/Degrees:    Degrees will be mailed to graduates - $6.00 fee per diploma [mailing address listed in Banner] 
   * Banner/ Universal Login:   Log into Banner make sure your mailing address is correct
   * Email COS:   Make sure your email is active   
   * Herff-Jones - graduation attire, announcements, and more
   * Graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or higher may purchase honor cords for $12 at the 
      Student Activities and Affairs office [Giant Forest 123]
Last Updated: 6/2/2017 10:58 AM