2021 Leadership Award Recipient
We are looking for a student who is demonstrating their leadership skills on campus and/or within the community for this Leadership award. Could that be you? Apply today. Leadership Award Application
Deadline to submit has been extended to April 19, 2022.
The Leadership award winner will be announced at Commencement. You must be an eligible graduate and be present in your Academic Regalia at the on-site Commencement Ceremony May 27, 2022.
2021 Service Award Recipient
We are looking for a student who is demonstrating a passion for serving others on campus and/or within the community for this Service award. Could that be you? Apply today. Service Award Application
Deadline to submit has been extended to April 19, 2022.
The Service award winner will be announced at Commencement. You must be an eligible graduate and be present in your Academic Regalia at the on-site Commencement Ceremony May 27, 2022.
The pre-recorded Commencement Program will be accessible starting at 2 PM on the Commencement website. The program audio will also be broadcasted on KKSM radio, AM1320.
Following the pre-recorded program, just a little after 2:30 PM, tune into the live KKSM radio show to give graduates a special shoutout. Please call during the show at (760) 736-8375. The station can be found on AM1320, online at palomarcollegeradio.com and the TuneIn app (just search "KKSM Radio").
At 5 PM, the Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony will begin and it will be live streamed on the Commencement website.
Graduates Please Read the Following Information
Complete your personal Cleared4 link (found in your student email) prior to coming to campus
If you have trouble finding your Cleard4 link, or have not taken any Face to Face courses this semester complete the Visitor Access pre-screening questionnaire
Please note that if you are "reusing" the link more than once it may not work.
Park in the parking structure located in Lot 12
Friday, May 27th: Check-in at the Dome no later than 3:30pm in your Academic Regalia
When you arrive at the Dome, there will be a QR code to scan for your check-in. We will have back-up if you don't have a phone or your phone is not capable of scanning
NOTE: All participants must check-in
Students must wear a mask while inside the Dome
Instructions will be explained to all participating graduates in detail while inside the Dome
Official cap and gown are required for participation
Selected adornments such as honor and program stoles and cords and flower leis, may be worn with cap and gown during ceremony
You will be responsible for any personal items you bring. Palomar College will not hold, store or be responsible for any personal items.
Before Commencement day
Graduates may purchase their cap and gown from the Bookstore now in-store at the San Marcos Campus or online at PalomarStore.com.
How to wear Your Regalia
Regalia should be worn properly at all times during the Ceremony
GOWN: Have your gown pressed (cool iron only). Gowns should be zipped up at all times during the ceremony.
CAP: The cap should be worn straight and pulled down over the forehead. You may need to use bobby pins to keep your cap on. Caps should also be worn at all times during the ceremony, except during the National Anthem (men). The tassel should be draped over the left front quarter of the cap.
If you are borrowing regalia from a sibling or friend, please make sure it matches the black cap and gowns that are sold at the bookstore.
Commencement Day Dress Code
Wear Proper Footwear
Seriously, wear the proper footwear! You will be standing for a period of time and you will be walking on potentially uneven ground. For your safety, graduates are strongly urged not to wear high heels. Wedge heels and flats are highly recommended.
Decorating your Cap
Graduates are allowed to decorate their caps for the ceremony.
Cords, Medals and Sashes
If the graduate earned an honors cord, medal, and/or sash during the time they attended Palomar College (for example Phi Theta Kappa, UMOJA, and Veterans, etc) they are more than welcome to wear those items.
Graduates Requesting Accommodations
The football field where Commencement is held is wheelchair accessible. ASL interpretation and real-time captioning will be provided for the Commencement ceremony.
If you are a student that is in need of an accommodation for Commencement, please contact the Office of Student Life & Leadership at (760) 744-1150 x2594 at least two weeks prior to the event.
Graduates and guests with a DMV approved placard or license plate may park in parking lot 1 & 2 located in front of the football field.
Guests with Disabilities
There is a designated seating area for Disabled Guests and Deaf Guests (with interpreters) located on the west side of the Commencement ceremony field. There is a limited number of seating available so please plan accordingly. Please check-in upon arrival at the Programs table if assistance is needed .
Live captions will be provided for this event and will be viewable from the Deaf Seating Area. To access the captions during the event on your personal device, please click here: https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=Palomar_Commencement
Petitions must be submitted no later than the dates listed below:
February 28th - Deadline to submit Spring 2022 Petition to Graduate
June 30th-Deadline to submit Summer Petition to Graduate
September 30th-Deadline to submit Fall 2021 Petition to Graduate
For more information regarding your grades, petitions, transcripts, please contact Evaluations & Records
You will receive an email once your evaluation has been completed. This email will include notification of approval or denial status, a copy of your degree/certificate evaluation, and further explanation, if necessary. This notification may come any time during the semester or, in some cases, after your final semester has ended. If you are unsure if you qualify to graduate, we recommend you meet with a counselor to verify you have satisfied all of your academic requirements.
If you missed the cut-off date to petition for graduation but have verified with a counselor that you are qualified to graduate, you may still walk in the Commencement Ceremony.
PHOTOGRAPHS ON COMMENCEMENT DAY
Grad Images will be available to take graduate portraits after the Graduate Check-In point, on the day of your commencement ceremony.
All graduates will have a photo opportunity as they proceed off stage and back to their seats. On commencement day, you will be asked to complete the form on the back of your name card, and a free color proof will be mailed to you. Once you have received your proof in the mail you can contact Grad Images at their customer service line at (800) 261-2576. The link for graduates is www.gradimages.com
Your diploma/certificate will include your official name as it appears in MyPalomar. You may view the name that will be included by logging into your MyPalomar account. If you need to change your official name, please bring legal proof of the correct name to the Palomar College Admissions Office.
Your diploma/certificate will be sent to your mailing address as listed in Palomar College MyPalomar. If you have an address change, you must update your mailing address in your student MyPalomar account. We do not assume responsibility for degrees and/or certificates sent to the wrong address. Duplicate diplomas may be purchased through the Evaluations Office. There is a charge of $15.00 each per duplicate diploma or certificate.
WHEN WILL I GET MY DIPLOMA?
Diplomas and/or Certificates for graduates will be mailed approximately four weeks after your degree has been awarded in MyPalomar. Please note, due to the large size of the graduating class, degree applications can take several months to process and award. To check if your degree has been awarded, log into MyPalomar and view your Unofficial Transcript. To view your Unofficial Transcript go to your Student Center and on the “Other Academic” dropdown menu towards the bottom of the page select “Transcript: View Unofficial.” Click the arrow button. Select eServices and click “Go.”
CERTIFICATES OF PROFICIENCY
Certificate of Proficiency requirements are designed to certify basic workplace competencies for students who are entering the workforce. These certificates consist of programs that are less than 18 total units. Certificates of Proficiency are not awarded at the Palomar College Commencement, nor are they posted on official transcripts.
Tickets and Seating
There are no tickets required and we are not limiting the number of guests who can attend. Seating is limited and out of respect for all we ask that guests do not save seats.
Commencement is held on the football field with field level seating and potentially uneven ground.
All guests are asked to complete the health screening questionnaire prior to coming to campus for the Commencement Ceremony which can be found here Visitor Access webpage.
We sincerely appreciate your cooperation in keeping our students and staff healthy and safe.
Length of Ceremony
The length of the ceremony is dependent upon several variables however is generally under 2 hours
Frequently Asked Questions
No, tickets are required for the Commencement Ceremony for graduates or guests.
Graduates do not need to r.s.v.p. , but will be required to check in at the Dome by 3:30 pm
If you have petitioned to graduate for the spring with Evaluations and Records you are eligible to walk at the Commencement Ceremony even if you have not received an email or missed the petition to graduate cut-off date.
If you completed your courses in the fall 2021 semester you are eligible to walk at Commencement
I graduate in the summer semester, can I still walk?
Yes, you may walk in the Commencement Ceremony, however, your name will not appear in the printed program.
Yes, please bring a mask. Graduates will be required to wear a mask while inside the Dome during the processional staging.
Yes, your family and friends are welcome to attend the Ceremony and we ask that they follow all county/state required COVID protocols. All family and friends coming to campus must visit the Visitor Access webpage and complete the health screening questionnaire prior to coming to campus for the Commencement Ceremony.
We sincerely appreciate your cooperation in keeping our students and staff healthy and safe.
Typically the Commencement Ceremony lasts 1 1/2 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions for Employees
All employees must log into the 3PD Portal and reference, "Employee Sign-Up Commencement 2021," to sign-up. Please note, the student sign-up link is different.
All employees participating in the event must check-in lot #9 to be temperature screened. Employees will be able to park in this lot and set-up alongside the route after the drive-thru check-in on E Comet Circle. If you need an accommodation from the parking lot, please call (760) 744-1150 x2594.
We highly encourage all employees to bring their own chair or yoga mat to comfortably cheer on students throughout the drive-thru route. Since the Facilities Department will be managing the set-up of the event, all employees will be responsible for their own seating.
All employees participating must have a mask alongside the drive-thru route.
Yes, you're recommended to make signs to cheer on the class of 2021 alongside the drive-thru route.
We encourage all employees to either wear your academic regalia or Palomar gear to this event. Please note, students will be required to wear their academic regalia for this event.
All employees are encouraged to bring their own umbrella, sunscreen and water to stay cool in case it is hot.
Frequently Asked Questions for Students
All candidates for 2021 are allowed to participate, including guests from the same household in one vehicle. Please RSVP online and reserve your designated time slot.
The registration form for Commencement 2021 is now closed.
The Bookstore will be hosting Gradfest Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14 (10am - 4pm)
If you would like to order academic regalia through the Palomar College Bookstore and pick it up during Gradfest, the deadline to order is Friday, April 9th. Please order directly through their website: Palomar College Bookstore.
All students will enter through East Comet Circle on Mission Road in San Marcos, CA. As each vehicle enters the Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony, there will be a check-in to confirm your pre-registration. Please ensure you have a mask and you're wearing academic regalia. Only students are required to wear academic regalia; however all participants in the vehicle must have a mask. You will need to have proof of your completed registration upon arrival at the check-in booth. Your confirmation of registration will be used for the name reader once you approach the staging area. The estimated time length of the route will depend on the amount of participants that join.
The pre-recorded program will be shared online Friday, May 28th, 2021 at 2 PM. More information on where to view the pre-recorded program as well as the link will be posted closer to May.
Yes! We highly encourage you to get creative and festive with your vehicle. Faculty, staff and administrators would love to see your names somewhere on or within the vehicle to cheer you on. Please note you must comply with California vehicles codes and there will be no tolerance of obscenities as students must follow the student code of conduct when decorating their vehicle.
If you are a student that is in need of an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Office of Student Life & Leadership directly to see if they can facilitate your request. (760) 744-1150 x2594
Congratulations Class of 2022!
Due to the ever-changing conditions surrounding COVID-19 and the Omicron Variant, Palomar College District is currently assessing the safest way to deliver Commencement 2022. Please check back as we hope to have updated state, local and district guidance soon! Your patience is appreciated!
Palomar College will be hosting a Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 28th, 2021 at the San Marcos campus. The event will be live streamed and begin at 5 PM with designated time slots for students to drive through the celebratory route. Eligible candidates will need to register for this event in advance and sign up for a time slot upon arrival.
Events on the day of Commencement
- The pre-recorded Commencement Program will be accessible starting at 2 PM on the Commencement website. The program audio will also be broadcasted on KKSM radio, AM1320.
- Following the pre-recorded program, just a little after 2:30 PM, tune into the live KKSM radio show to give graduates a special shoutout. Please call during the show at (760) 736-8375. The station can be found on AM1320, online at palomarcollegeradio.com and the TuneIn app (just search "KKSM Radio").
- At 5 PM, the Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony will begin and it will be live streamed on the Commencement website.
- Commencement Group flyer: Thecommencementgroup.com/palomar/