Quick Notes

  • There will be two commencement rehearsals, or information sessions (held in the Olympic Hall Auditorium)

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 from 1 pm to 2 pm
    Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 5 p, to 6 pm
Please try to attend one session. You will be given information about the ceremony itself and what is expected of you. You will be able to ask questions about all aspects of commencement.

  • Robes/gowns - Available for purchase in the Bookstore beginning Monday, May 12th.
  • Check-in time/place the evening of June 18th, 2014
    Grand Lobby of Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, downtown Seattle
    You MUST check in at the Commencement Check-in Desk between 6:15 and 6:45 pm Instructions for the procession will be given beginning at 7:00 pm Graduates arriving later than 7:00 pm may not be able to sit with their division during the ceremony. Ceremony and procession will begin promptly at 7:30 pm.
  • Gold cords
    Students who've earned a minimum of 45 credits at South Seattle Community College -AND- a 3.5 cumulative GPA, or higher, as of winter 2014 are entitled to a gold cord - (Note: a 3.49 is not high enough). The cord may be collected at the Evaluations Office, adjacent the Cashier window in the Registration Area after the fourth Monday in May.

Application Process

The quarter before you plan to graduate, you must meet with a counselor or adviser who is required to sign your graduation application. To make an appointment, call (206) 934-5387, or stop by the Information Desk in the Registration Area (Robert Smith Building).  If you are outside the United States, contact AdvisorSouth@seattlecolleges.edu via e-mail, so that other arrangements for application can be made.

Attendance

If you plan to attend the graduation ceremony, your attendance form/RSVP must be submitted to Student Services Information (in the Registration area) no later than the second Friday of May.

If you are unable to return the card in person, you may mail it to:

South Seattle College
Attn: Credential Evaluations RSB-046
6000 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, Washington 98106-1499

Students who expect to complete their degree/certificate requirements during summer quarter are also eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

If you do not return the RSVP, we will assume you are unable to attend the ceremony.

Balloons are Not Allowed

Please inform your guests that Seattle Fire Code prohibits the possession of any type of balloon(s) in Benaroya Hall.

Your and your guests' cooperation is appreciated.

Caps and Gowns

Order your cap and gown in the bookstore (Jerry Brockey Center) on, or after the second Monday in May. There is a fee for the cap and gown set. It is yours to keep after the ceremony.

Pictures

We make arrangements for a professional photographer to record the moment you are given your diploma scroll. You will receive a passport-sized, full-color proof in the mail approximately one week after the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase, but you will have the option of ordering enlargement packages. Prices will be included with your proof.

You will also have the opportunity to have a posed, formal portrait taken before the ceremony.

NOTE: If you do not want your home address given to the photographer for your proof(s) to be mailed, please indicate this preference on the commencement attendance form. Please be aware that not releasing your address will result in your proofs being delayed by several weeks.

You and your guests may take informal pictures before and after the ceremony. To show respect to your fellow graduates and their families, please ask your guests to refrain from taking pictures (either with cameras or camcorders) during the ceremony. Fire regulations prohibit blocking aisles for any reason.

Guests and Tickets

Admission for your family and guests is free. No tickets are required.

Rehearsal

There will be two commencement rehearsals, or information sessions in the Olympic Hall Auditorium. Please try to attend one session. You will be given information about the ceremony itself and what is expected of you. You will be able to ask questions about all aspects of commencement.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 from 1 pm to 2 pm
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 5 p, to 6 pm

Maps and Parking Information

Benaroya Hall has a parking garage (entrance on 2nd avenue), but because it is a public facility, reserved parking is not available to the general public. It is strongly suggested that you (and your guests) plan a parking strategy in advance, and be prepared to park in one of the many garages located nearby.

Security

Please leave purses and other valuables at home, or with your family or friends. Benaroya Hall and South Seattle Community cannot be held responsible for any personal belongings. Any personal items left backstage during the ceremony will be turned in to Benaroya Lost and Found.

Graduates will NOT be allowed backstage for any reason after the Ceremony.

Restrictions

Smoking, food and beverages are not permitted inside.

Special Needs

If you are disabled, or will require assistance at the ceremony, please notify the Vice President of Student Services (934-5315) by the third Friday of May. The entire ceremony will be interpreted by Disabled Student Services, South Seattle Community College.

Questions may be directed to Arne Reed at 206-934-5829 or arnold.reed@seattlecolleges.edu