the most exciting accomplishment for a Mt. SAC student
is to graduate. To ensure that your graduation proceeds
in the smoothest possible manner, become familiar with
the following steps:
a “grad check” performed by the Advising Center.
fill out a Graduation Petition form and submit it by the deadline
for the semester in which you plan to graduate.
you are seeking to substitute a course completed at another
school or one course for another, you need to petition for
a variance with the appropriate department/division.
transcripts from other colleges or universities must be either
included with the petition or on file in the Admissions Office.
or mail the petition to the Admissions Office.
to My Petition After I Turn It In?
Petitions are reviewed during
the semester in which you plan to graduate. Students are notified
by mail of the results of that review. Most students are enrolled
in their final semester when the petition is submitted, so
once grades for that semester are recorded a final review of
all graduation petitions is completed. This step may take several
weeks depending on the number of petitions to be reviewed.
When Will I Get My Diploma?
It usually takes at least three
months from the end of the semester for the student to receive
the diploma via U.S. mail. Diplomas are mailed to the address
on file with the college. If you have moved recently, please
contact the Admissions Office to update your address information.
Mt. SAC conducts one commencement ceremony
a year, at the end of the spring semester. Fall and winter
graduates are encouraged to attend the ceremony and participate
in this event with spring graduates in June. Summer session
prospective graduates are also invited to participate in the
2013 Commencement Newsletter
Please read this publication throughly,
and take particular note of key dates and deadlines.
Click here to download AdobePDF file.
Application for Graduation
The Application for
Graduation is the student’s notification to Admissions & Records
that he or she has completed all requirements and would like
to receive a degree. All students intending to receive a degree
must file this application and have all required documents
and official transcripts on file. The application form is available
in the Admissions & Records Office or online (click
here to download).
Students should meet with a counselor to discuss their education plan before
submitting the application. The deadlines for submitting the application
are listed in the Schedule of Classes.
Students should check the Key
Dates to Remember section of the Schedule of Classes for specific
deadline dates for any given semester. Applications received
after the deadline will be processed with the next graduation
cycle. Students may apply for graduation one semester prior
to completing all required coursework. Once the degree has
been conferred, it will be posted to the student’s academic
record and will appear on the transcript. Students will also
receive their diplomas in the mail thereafter. If a student
is denied graduation, he or she will be informed in writing.
Mandatory Rehearsal: Participation in the commencement rehearsal is mandatory. Rehearsal
is held on the morning of commencement on the grassy area south
of the stadium. The rehearsal typically lasts from 9:30 to
11:00 a.m. followed by a lunch. Transfer students will be asked
to declare their transfer institution during rehearsal at the
transfer table check-in. Friends, family and pets are not allowed
When & Where to Arrive: Graduates
should arrive for the ceremony with their caps and gowns at
the back of the stadium next to Bldg. 50G for assembly and
final processional instructions. Lot F is designated parking
for graduates and guests.
Guest Admission & Arrival: The commencement ceremony is open to all guests of the graduates—no
admission tickets are necessary. Family members and guests
should be encouraged to arrive early, as there may be delays
with peak-hour traffic. Also the prime parking areas and stadium
seating fill up fast.
Disabilities/Special Needs: Students
and/or their family members needing special assistance (mobility,
sign language interpretation, etc.) should contact Disabled
Student Programs & Services (DSP&S) at (909) 594-5611,
ext. 4290 as soon as possible. Family members are responsible
for attending to personal needs of other family members.
Decorum: Throughout the formal portions of the ceremony, students are
asked to maintain appropriate decorum befitting the dignity
of a college commencement. Grads will have ample opportunity
to celebrate and “strut their stuff” during the
awarding of diplomas, as their families cheer them on. No outside
food or ice chests allowed. Refreshments available for purchase.
Diplomas: Actual diplomas are not issued at the commencement ceremony—only
the diploma covers. Grads will receive official diplomas by
mail approximately 12 weeks after the ceremony. Please make
sure that the Admissions & Records Office has your current
Obligations: Please note that if you have
an outstanding obligation to the college, this will prevent
us from releasing your diploma when it becomes available.
Photos & Videos: Flowers are sold at the ceremony, including
roses ($8-$15), orchid leis ($20-$30), and various bouquets
($8-$10). A professional photographer is commissioned to take
photos of graduates before the ceremony, (beginning at 5:00
p.m.) and during the degree conferral segment of the ceremony.
A complimentary proof of the photo is mailed to each graduate
after the ceremony with ordering instructions. A DVD of the
ceremony is also available for purchase ($25 + tax) from the
campus bookstore about 4-6 weeks after graduation.