Congratulations Class of 2024! Students please check-in before 3:30 p.m.!!
For those of you who cannot attend or have family members whom you wish to share this special day with, the event will be live-streamed on Palomar College’s website !!!! (Link: Under Construction)
Last year’s commencement (2023 can be viewed online)
Graduates Please Read the Following Information
Date: April 23 and April 24, 2024
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (both days)
Location: SU Quad Area and in front of the Bookstore
Your Big Day is Almost Here - Visit the different Campus program tables and Bookstore to ask all graduation-related questions while picking up your grad attire and swag to look your best on your big day. See flyer for more details. UPDATED FLYER COMING SOON!
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 Puente, Phi Theta Kappa, UMOJA, and Veterans, etc) they are more than welcome to wear those items.
If you are unsure, we recommend you meet with a counselor first to verify when you will complete all of your academic requirements. Once you enroll in your last course(s) to satisfy your associate degree and/or certificate requirements, you should submit a petition for graduation to the Evaluations and Records office. You can submit a petition for graduation by email, email@example.com by fax (760) 744-2932, or in-person to the Evaluations and Records office
Petitions must be submitted no later than the dates listed below:
- Spring graduation – February 28th
- Summer graduation – June 30th
- Fall graduation – September 30th
There is no official deadline for students to file a petition for CSU General Education (CSU GE) or IGETC Certification
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.
Park in the parking structure located in Lot 12
Friday, May 24th: 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
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.
LENTH OF CEREMONY:
The Commencement ceremony is generally under 2 hours. We ask that out of respect for all graduates that you stay until the ceremony is completed.
Graduates Requesting Accommodations
Commencement is held on the football field and 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.
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 seats 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. Link for live captions will be provided closer to May 24, 2024.
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.
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.
LIVE LINKS COMING SOON!
Pre-order Bouquet's, Lei's and more to be available for pickup on site the day of graduation prior to the ceremony. Pre-order link: Palomar Community College : Commencement Group (thecommencementgroup.com)
Class of 2024 memorabilia items are available to order for a limited time:
PalomarStore.com CLASS OF 2024 DRINKWARE
PalomarSotre.com CLASS OF 2024 ORNAMENTS
Looking to order Announcements for your big day?
Jostens.com for Palomar College_Announcements & Rings
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.
Parking is free
- Please park in lots 3, 5, 9 and lot 12.
- Disabled parking is available in Lot 1 & 2 for those who have a DMV approved placard or license plate.
Length of ceremony
- The length of the ceremony is dependent upon several variables however, it is generally under 2 hours. We ask that out of respect for all graduates that you stay until the ceremony is completed.
- The ceremony will be livestreamed and available on the day of the event.