Congratulations graduates! Before the ceremony there are a few items to complete.  Review the checklist for important information and deadlines.


Only eligible candidates who filed a Petition to Graduate form with Admissions and Records can participate in the Commencement ceremony. Students with six (6) or more units to complete for a degree and/or certificate, must complete a Request to Participate in Commencement form to be considered for active participation in the Commencement ceremony.

Candidates must also be attired in the appropriate cap and gown to participate. Only graduates, participating faculty, administrators and special guests are allowed in the procession or in the graduate seating area on the field. Graduates are advised to leave all personal items with guests and/or in their vehicles. Water will be available for each graduate on the field.

Commencement Checklist

Petition to Graduate

Schedule an appointment with a counselor to complete all required paperwork by the designated deadlines for your degree and/or certificate.

  • AA/AS Degree/ Certificate Deadline: March 15th

Students with six (6) or fewer units to complete in the summer have until Friday April 26th at 4:30 p.m. to submit the Request to Participate in Commencement form. The form must be submitted to the Office of Student Activities (F-217).

Order Gap and Gown

To participate in the commencement ceremony all graduates must wear the appropriate regalia. Visit the College of Alameda Bookstore (f-building first floor) to order your gap, gown, honor cords and sashes. Bookstore contact information 510-748-2248

RSVP for Commencement

The deadline to RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony is Friday April 26, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Graduates that do not RSVP by the deadline may not receive tickets.