Q: Who is eligible to participate in the 2015 Commencement Ceremony?
A: The student who has graduated from Foothill College during Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, or will graduate at the end of Spring 2015, or in Summer 2015, may participate. The student who petitions for Spring 2015 after May 1, 2015, will not be listed in the printed commencement program. The student who graduates in Summer 2015 will not be listed in the printed commencement program. Her/his name will appear in the following year's program.
Q: When and where is the Commencement Ceremony?
A: The ceremony is Friday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Quad at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. The quad is located in the center of the campus.
Q: What is the Commencement Ceremony schedule?
A: The outdoor ceremony begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. and runs approximately 90 minutes. We strongly recommend that you adhere to the following timeline to ensure that you have a pleasant and unrushed experience:
Q: Are admission tickets required for my guests?
A: No. Tickets are not required. On this special day, you may invite as many guests as you like. Be aware that guest seating is first come, first served. Strongly encourage your guests to arrive by 5:30 p.m.
Q: Do my guests need to purchase parking permits?
A: No. After 5:30 p.m. on the day of the ceremony only, parking in student lots is complimentary. Lots 5 and 6 are the only lots that provide no-stair access through Lot 5. Lots 1 and 8 provide no-stair access via elevators. Review the campus map for more information.
Important Information Regarding Children
Children are welcome to attend this formal, 90-minute ceremony, which features several speeches as well as the presentation of each graduate on the stage. For safety, children must remain seated at all times. Children are not permitted to play in or around the stage, or other cordoned-off areas.
Q: Will there be a reception following the ceremony?
A: Yes. At the conclusion of the entire ceremony, the Associated Students of Foothill College host a complimentary reception for graduates, guests, faculty and staff in the Campus Center Plaza.
Q: Are printed announcements available for purchase?
A: Yes. You may purchase printed announcements at the Foothill Bookstore in Room 2301.
Q: Where do I order my regalia (cap, gown, tassel and hood), and Honors gold cord (if eligible)?
A: You must purchase regalia to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Purchase and pick up your regalia at the Foothill Bookstore. You may place your order from June 1 through June 26 at noon. To order the Honors gold cord, you must present a copy of your unofficial transcript with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher as of winter quarter of the current year. Retrieve and print your unofficial transcript. The Honors gold cord is $15.00 plus tax.
Q: How much will the regalia cost?
A: The cost of gown, cap and tassel is $44.95 plus tax. The hood rental is $10 plus tax and a $20 refundable deposit. NOTE: To receive your deposit and your diploma, you must return the hood to the Foothill Bookstore no later than Thursday, July 23. Extra tassels are available for purchase.
Q: Where is the Foothill Bookstore and what are its hours?
A: The Foothill Bookstore is located in Room 2300 in the Campus Center. Hours are Mondays through Thursdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. From June 22-June 26, hours are: Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday June 26, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. to purchase graduation regalia. For more information, call (650) 949-7305 or access books.foothill.edu.
Q: Will professional photos and video be available for purchase after the event?
A: Yes. GradImages is the official photographer for Commencement. To pre-register your permanent e-mail address and receive a $5 coupon toward a $25 purchase, visit www.gradimages.com and click Pre-Event Registration at the bottom of the page. You'll receive a free passport-sized digital proof via e-mail and an order form within seven days of the ceremony. To view your proofs online, please visit www.gradimages.com. Pictures may be ordered online, by telephone, or by mail. If you have any questions please contact Customer Services at 800-261-2576, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guests may take pictures and videos, but must remain in the seating area.
Q: When will I receive my diploma?
A: You will receive your diploma cover at the ceremony. The actual diploma, which goes inside, will be mailed to you in January after the final graduation check is completed. If you have a change of address, you are responsible for updating your student record at MyPortal. If you are not participating in the ceremony, you may purchase the diploma cover for $12.95 at the Foothill Bookstore.
Q: Whom should I contact if I have a disability requiring special arrangements?
A: If you or your guest has a disability requiring special arrangements (wheelchair access, sign language interpretation, etc.), call Disability Access & Compliance Supervisor Margo Dobbins at (650) 949-7038; or e-mail DobbinsMargo@foothill.edu. Indicate your needs no later than Friday, June 12.
Q: Who is available to answer my questions?
A: For additional assistance, call or visit the offices listed below:
NOTE: Place your tassel on the right side of your cap.
5:30 p.m.— GRADUATE'S INFORMATION CARD: (see sample below)
5:45 p.m. — YOUR CAP, GOWN & HOOD: The hood is the velvet
part of your outfit that rests on your shoulders. The red end goes down over your back.
The strap hooks on behind your neck to prevent the hood from flopping open.
The bottom of the hood's V-shape in the front should be
positioned just below the level of the knot in a tie. If necessary, use safety pins
to keep the hood in place. Pins will be available at the information tent.
6:00 p.m. — LOCATE & LINE UP WITH YOUR DIVISION IN THE THEATRE PATIO: Find your division and line up with your fellow graduates. Help your division dean learn to pronounce your name if he or she asks you.
6:15 p.m. — QUEUE UP: You must be in line, have your completed Graduate's Information Card in hand and be ready to go.
6:30 p.m. — PROCESSION & CEREMONY: The procession begins from the theater patio and proceeds to the Library Quad. Follow the directions of the marshals who will lead the procession and signal what you are to do during the ceremony. The ceremony will run approximately 90 minutes. In addition to guest speaker messages, each student will be called upon to walk across the stage to receive her/his diploma cover from Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D.
RECEPTION: The ASFC-sponsored reception for graduates, guests, faculty and staff features light refreshments and follows the completion of the entire ceremony in the Campus Center Plaza.
Graduate’s Information Card (Print Neatly)
Phonetic Spelling of Name:__________________________________________
Circle Degree: AA or AS in (subject):__________________________________
Circle the awards you have earned: