Information for Graduates

Our next annual commencement is scheduled for Friday, June 30, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at the Stadium.

The ceremony is held in De Anza's Stadium to allow for unrestricted seating for you, your family and friends. Please come prepared with sunscreen, a hat and water.

To ensure you have a pleasurable graduation experience, we have listed some key information to assist you.

Please continue to check back for additional details.

Before Graduation Day

  • You will line up with your division according to your degree major. If you are unsure which division you are under, please check before graduation day.
  • Please hang up your gown to remove the wrinkles. You may wish to iron out any remaining wrinkles, but please take care and use the lowest possible setting on your iron.
  • Do not carry anything with you during the ceremony. You will not be returning to the same seat after receiving your degree. Please arrange for your family or friends to look after your personal items until after the ceremony.
  • There will be limited shade, so please wear sunscreen and dress accordingly.

Graduation Day

  • Graduates should assemble in the area between PE6 and the Planetarium from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Friday. Please line up with your division according to your degree major. Volunteers will have signs identifying the divisions.
  • The graduation ceremony starts at 6 p.m. sharp.
  • Fill in your name card by printing your name as you would like it to be announced. Make sure you print clearly and if necessary write your name phonetically to help us with pronunciation.
  • There will be no rehearsal so be prepared. Allow time to find your division, find your friends, fix your gown, cap or hair, and to relax and enjoy yourself.

Parents and Family

  • The graduation ceremony starts at 6 p.m. sharp.
  • The ceremony is held in De Anza's Stadium. You can find seating on the bleachers or on the field.
  • Please come prepared with sunscreen, a hat and water.

Volunteers will be available to help with disability-related questions. Accessible seating for mobility, vision, or hearing impaired guests and their companions will be reserved and clearly designated.

The program will be sign language interpreted and assisted listening devices will be available for loan to hard of hearing guests or graduates. If you require captioning please contact Disability Support Services.

For further information or assistance with special needs not specified here, please call Disability Support Services, 408.864.8959 (V) or 408.864.5650 (TDD). Suggested parking for those with California disability placards or plates is Parking Lot E. No parking fees will be required for commencement visitors.

Your cap and gown may be purchased at the De Anza Bookstore beginning Monday, May 22, at 10 a.m. The cost of the cap and gown is $59.99 plus tax and includes an attractive diploma cover and tassel. If you are borrowing a cap and gown from a former De Anza graduate, you may purchase a diploma cover and tassel for $20.99 plus tax, also at the Bookstore. The De Anza Bookstore also has a limited amount of cap and gowns that may be borrowed.

Please have your gown pressed for the commencement. Graduates completing their studies at De Anza College with honors will be eligible to wear the De Anza gold sash during the ceremony.

Graduating with Honors
The Office of Admissions and Records has provided the Bookstore with a list of those students graduating with honors; only those on the list will be eligible to wear the honors sash. The honors sash can be purchased from the De Anza Bookstore for $24.99 plus tax. Pre-imprinted commencement announcements and invitations are also available for purchase in the Bookstore.

De Anza Pride Sash

Optional De Anza pride sashes are available for purchase at the De Anza Bookstore for $34.99 plus tax. De Anza pride sashes are also available with ethnic heritage design.        


Building: ADM 150
Contact: Paula Joseph
Phone: 408.864.8758

Last Updated: 5/22/17