Grads: Here Are Some Things to Know
This year's commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, July 1, 2023, from 4-6 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
See below for some tips on how to make the most of this important celebration:
Be sure to check the main Graduation webpage for updates as the big day approaches.
Remember to File for Your Degree!You must apply by Friday, June 30, to receive your degree for spring quarter. The deadline has passed to have your name included in the printed graduation program.
- You can purchase graduation caps, gowns and other regalia from the Bookstore on campus, on the first floor of the Registration & Student Services (RSS) Building.
- If you buy a Grad Pack, which includes a cap, gown, tassel and diploma cover, the diploma cover will be held for you and distributed during the graduation ceremony. Diploma covers and frames are also available for purchase separately.
- Graduates completing their studies at De Anza College with honors are eligible to wear the gold "Honors" stole during the ceremony.
- 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.
- If you're not sure which Village you're in, check the list of Villages and degrees. Grads will be lining up and marching into the main hall by Village.
- Please arrange for your family or friends to look after your personal items during the ceremony. You may not be returning to the same seat after receiving your degree, so you should not carry anything with you during the ceremony.
- There will be open seating for family members and guests. No tickets or reservations are required. But your guests should plan to arrive early, especially if you have a large group, so they will have time to park and find seats together. The doors will open at 2 p.m.
- Relatives or friends who aren't able to attend can plan to watch the livestream, with captions, on De Anza's YouTube channel.
- Graduates should arrive early – between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – at the Convention Center on Saturday, July 1. The event begins at 4 p.m. and you'll want to allow plenty of time to get parked, fix your hair or makeup and find other members of your Village so you can march in together.
- The Convention Center is located at 5001 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara.
- FREE parking is available in the garage behind the Convention Center: Enter the driveway from Great America Parkway, across from Bunker Hill Lane.
- Park on the second or third floor of the garage and follow signs to enter the Convention Center on the third floor. Once you're inside, take the stairs or escalator (or elevator) down to the lobby.
- Grads should go to Hall A and look for volunteers holding signs for your Village.
- Volunteers will be handing out name cards for each grad:
- Fill in your name card by printing your name as you would like it to be announced during the ceremony.
- Make sure you print clearly and if necessary write your name phonetically to help us with pronunciation.
- The graduation ceremony starts at 4 p.m. sharp.
- Your name will be called when it's time to walk across the stage. There will be no rehearsal, so be prepared.
- After the ceremony ends, you and your guests are welcome to take photos in the Red Carpet area with Roary the Mountain Lion and other fun props
- Enjoy your graduation!
- The graduation ceremony starts at 4 p.m. sharp. The doors will open at 2 p.m., and we recommend that you arrive early, especially if you have a large group, so you can find seats together.
- The ceremony will be held indoors at the Santa Clara Convention Center – 5001 Great America Parkway in Santa Clara.
- FREE parking is available in the garage behind the Convention Center: Enter the driveway where Bunker Hill Lane runs into Great America Parkway.
- Park on the second or third floor of the garage and follow signs to walk into the Convention Center, then down the escalator to the lobby.
- From the lobby, family members and guests should walk to the left down the corridor to Halls B and D.
- Seating is open. No tickets or reservations are required. But you should plan to arrive early to be sure you have time to park and find your seats. The doors will open at 2 p.m.
- Grads should meet in Hall A, while families and guests can find seats in Halls B and D.
- The program will be sign-language interpreted.
- The event will also be livestreamed, with captions, on De Anza's YouTube channel.
- If you need disability accommodations, please contact