​Frequently Asked Questions​

Dear 2020 Graduates and Graduate Candidates:

The administration, faculty and staff of Shasta College offer our congratulations on reaching your academic goal with us! We invite you to participate in the 70th Annual Shasta College Commencement on Friday, May 15th, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., at the Memorial Stadium/Football Field.

Please thoroughly review the following details regarding the ceremony:

Name Announcement at the Ceremony: You will have a reader card that you will hand to the announcer as you prepare to walk across the stage. We will give you this card when you come to the Student Center Stage (located inside the cafeteria) at 6:00 p.m. Graduation night. The card will be pre-printed with your name and degree. If applicable, you will print your name on this card as it is pronounced phonetically.

Practice: It is very important for participants to attend practice. It will be held Friday, May 15th, 2020, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon on the football field. We will go over all aspects of the graduation ceremony. Although it is not mandatory, please make every effort to attend.

Inclement Weather: If the weather poses no safety concerns the ceremony will remain outside. If it looks like rain, please prepare with ponchos, umbrellas, etc. If weather conditions are deemed unsafe for graduates and guests, we will make a determination on moving the ceremony, changing the date, etc. by 10:00 a.m. the morning of graduation.

Ceremony Arrival: Students participating in the commencement ceremony need to arrive at the Student Center Stage by 6:00 p.m. to pick up their name cards and line-up. It is very important to arrive on time as the ceremony starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. and we will begin walking to the football stadium at approximately 6:50 p.m.

Parking: We encourage you to use all available areas to help keep a smooth flow of traffic. For your convenience, and that of your guests, a shuttle service will be available for transportation from the parking lots (a map is below) to the stadium.  Our shuttle service will be available preceding graduation from 6:00-7:00 p.m., and immediately following the ceremony. If you wish to stay for the reception, the shuttle service will be available from the North parking lot until 11:00 p.m. to return you to your vehicle.

Special Accommodations: If you require any special accommodations for the ceremony please contact me directly if you have not done so already. This would include any handicap parking you or your guests might need. We are happy to help so please don’t hesitate to ask.

Guests: If graduation takes place at the football stadium, you may invite as many guests as you wish. We will not be issuing seating tickets. Please do not tape or rope off sections of the bleachers early in the day in an attempt to save a spot. All taped, blanketed or roped off sections will be cleared prior to doors opening for the ceremony.

Cap and Gowns: All participants are to wear a traditional cap and gown – NO EXCEPTIONS. Cap and gown sets with dated tassels may be purchased at the Shasta College Bookstore or online by visiting the Shasta College Bookstore website. They range in cost from approximately $46.00-$53.00 depending on the style of tassel you select. Bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You may purchase your set up to 5:00 p.m. the evening of graduation but we do not advise you to wait this long as sizing may be extremely limited. Pre-ordered caps and gowns will be arriving the first week of May.

Dress: You may wear whatever attire you would like underneath your gown as long as it remains appropriate. We do recommend that you wear comfortable shoes that you can easily walk in. You will be walking down/up some hills and on grass so please keep that in mind when choosing shoes to wear.

Cap Decorating

We do allow students to decorate the tops of their caps. We understand what a huge accomplishment graduation is and encourage you to personalize your caps to showcase your unique interests and passions. We ask you to keep all designs appropriate as this event will host not only graduates but also their families. If you have questions on what designs are allowed (or not allowed) please reach out and I can answer any questions you may have!

Honors: A list of students who qualify for honors at the time of graduation will be posted outside the Office of Student Life (room 2308) and Bookstore on or around the fourth week of April. Honors are based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better in Shasta College coursework as of the end of the fall 2019 semester. Honor cords may be purchased at the Shasta College Bookstore for approximately $12.00 plus tax. Unfortunately, we cannot factor in spring 2020 grades as they are not posted until after commencement.

Announcements: Printed graduation announcements are available in the Shasta College Bookstore. You may call (530) 242-7574 for more information regarding cost and special orders.

Photographs: You will be contacted by Grad Images with information regarding graduation photos. If you do not wish to have your name and address given to Grad Images, you must contact the Office of Student Life by 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 24th, 2020.

Program: If you do not wish to have your name printed in the graduation program, you must contact the Office of Student Life by 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 24th, 2020.

Reception: You and your guests are invited to attend a reception in front of the Student Center (quad). The graduation ceremony will be approximately one to two hours in length with the reception being held immediately following the ceremony. The reception is hosted by Shasta College. There will be light snacks/pastries and drinks; as well as live music to celebrate with family, friends and faculty!

Important Dates

April 24th, 2020

Notification deadline to the Office of Student Life to keep your name from being printed in the graduation program; and/or being given to Grad Images.

May 15th, 2020

Cap/gown/tassel sets may be purchased until 5:00 p.m. in the Bookstore; however, we HIGHLY recommend that you order as soon as possible as sizing becomes very limited the longer you wait.

10:30 a.m. Practice at the football stadium

6:00 p.m. Arrive for check-in at the Student Center

6:45 p.m. Line up for procession to stadium

7:00 p.m. Ceremony begins


Other Questions: For additional information you may visit our website at www.shastacollege.edu/graduation, e-mail your questions to tpeterson@shastacollege.edu, tduenas@shastacollege.edu or call the Office of Student Life at (530) 242-7626.


More information will be sent out closer to graduation so stay tuned…