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.
Congratulations Class of 2021!
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.
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 Office of Student Life & Leadership will be hosting Gradfest Week on Monday, April 12th through Thursday, April 15th with partners on campus to distribute academic regalia, tassels, cords and stoles. The event will take place in lot #12 at the San Marcos campus. Here are the sign-up links (students are able to sign-up for multiple links):
ASG / Bookstore Sign-Up
Phi Theta Kappa Sign-Up
Service Learning - Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you completed Service Learning hours and qualify for a graduation cord (50 hours) or stole (100 hours).
If you would like to order academic regalia through the Palomar College Bookstore and pick it up during Gradfest Week, 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
Health & Safety Measures
All students and participants in each vehicle must have a mask. In order to protect the safety of others and yourself, you must be wearing your mask when approaching each stop throughout the route.
All students and participants must remain in their vehicles at all times, unless there is an emergency. Faculty, staff and administrators will be stationed throughout the route but will be socially distant amongst each other to ensure they're following safety protocols related to COVID-19.
No, all students and participants must be in an enclosed vehicle.
Only employees of the District will be permitted to stand alongside the drive-thru route. All faculty, staff and administrators will be temperature screened prior to the event and will social distance while wearing face coverings at all times. A live stream of the Drive-Thru Commencement Ceremony will be available online at 5 PM and a recording of the event will be published online in June.
Students will need to roll down a designated window to receive their Foundation SWAG bag and diploma cover. Diploma covers will be distributed on a tray where students will grab them as they drive through the staging area. Governing Board members and the President of the college will be at the staging area greeting and distributing diploma covers with appropriate PPE gear.
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.