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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

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

    Visit a COS Counseling office to complete a graduation application packet with a counselor
       *  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
Graduates Participating (Walking) in the Commencement Ceremony:
(more info follow soon)



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.  Also, most correspondence will be sent through the student email system.  Students should make sure their email is active and checked frequently in Spring 2017. 

(more info to follow soon!)

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
   For more information - [
Flyer will be posted soon!]
   If you are borrowing a cap/gown - it must be approved at the  
   Student Activities and Affairs office.
  [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 mailed and 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: 1/4/2017 9:19 AM