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 Welcome to the 55th Annual Commencement Ceremony!!!

Southwestern College   
Friday, May 27, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Southwestern College DeVore Stadium
900 Otay Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Click here for map and directions

We invite you and your family to participate in the upcoming commencement ceremony.



Four steps to start your journey towards Southwestern College Commencement celebrations:


Step 1 Student Petition 
If you are planning to participate during 2015 Commencement Ceremony you will need to file an Evaluation Student Petition form for graduation online. Click here for more information.

Deadlines to Submit petitions:  

Fall Petition                  

November 1st

Spring Petition          

March 1st 

Deadline date for SU/15 canidates to participate in commencement

April  12

For additional questions and assistance regarding requirements for graduation please contact the Evaluations office at 619-482-6326

Step 2 Commencement Ceremony Participation
Once you file your student petition for graduation, then you must go online and register for the Commencement Ceremony. Students will have the option to select a Southwestern College staff, faculty or administrator to present the student’s diploma at the commencement ceremony. Deadline date for Commencement 2016 information will be announced soon. 

Step 3 Purchasing Caps/Gowns
All students will be notified via email in April to attend “GradFest.” GradFest will be held at the Chula Vista campus, and Higher Education Centers bookstore. Please check back in February for dates and time.

April 26-Tuesday  HEC Otay Mesa   2:30pm-4pm
April 28-Thursday HEC San Ysidro   10:30am-12:30pm
May 2-Monday  HEC National City   10:30am-12:30pm
May 3, 4, 5  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday   9:30am-6pm @ the Bookstore

All graduating students participating are required to wear a black cap and gown during commencement, with the exception of the nursing program. The Southwestern College bookstore will be selling cap, gown, hat and tassel for approximately $38.50.

A professional photographer will be available at the Chula Vista campus bookstore only. Come dressed to take a professional photograph or come with your friends for a group picture! No sitting fee.

The bookstore will be selling other commencement items such as announcements, diploma frames, and unique gifts.

Step 4 Ceremony Instructions
All students report to SWC DeVore Stadium at 3:00 p.m., entrance will be through the main gate of DeVore Stadium. The celebration begins promptly at 4:00 p.m., please come ready in your cap and gown.

Check-in at the students table to receive your assigned row and seating. Check-in with your row monitor, they will provide you with your seating card to present to the Reader of Names on stage. It is very important that you stay with your row monitor and not change seating.

When procession begins your row monitor will guide you to your seats on the field, and prompt you when to rise and move toward the stage. Make sure to take your seating card with you! As you approach the stage, you will give your seating card to the Reader of Names to receive recognition as you cross.

Please refrain from cell phone use during the ceremony, and avoid bringing personal belongings. SWC will not be responsible for valuables left unattended.

Any student suspected to be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance will be subject to arrest and will be prohibited from participating in the ceremony.

For additional questions and assistance regarding requirements for graduation please contact the Evaluations office at 619-482-6326.

Please check back as this page will be continuously updated with more information.

 For more information on the Commencement Ceremony:

Jenny Marasigan, Student Activities Office, room 601C
Phone: 619-482-6537

Hours of operation:  Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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