Day of Graduation

Mandatory rehearsal

Thursday, May 24; 3:30 p.m. SHARP!

All graduates must attend a mandatory rehearsal at the Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. Vital instructions are given!


Graduation Day

Friday, May 25; 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Graduates must arrive by 3:00 p.m. to check-in and line up for processional. Ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. sharp.

Graduation Ceremony: Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park. Graduates are expected to stay for the entire program and walk in the recessional as a class. Please plan for this with your guests. All graduates must wear graduation regalia.


Special Accommodations: Graduates with Disabilities

The City College Graduation Ceremony is accessible for students with disabilities. The stage, seating and parking lot of the Organ Pavilion are mobility accessible to the public. Sign Language interpreters are provided for the ceremony. The graduation program is also available in larger print (if needed, please call Student Affairs). If you require any of the above special accommodations, fill out the Commencement Disability Special Accommodations form by Friday, May 11th.  You may also pick up a paper copy at the Office of Student Affairs (M-200) or the Disabled Student Programs and Services Office (L-206, L-207), and return by May 11th.

To complete the form, please click here.


Caps and Gowns Purchase

First Sale Date - April 27, 2018  - at City College Bookstore

The cost is tentatively $29.50, plus tax, and includes cap, gown and dated-year tassel.  There will be no refunds on caps and gowns. Additional tassels are tentatively $6.95. Associate Degree Nurses will wear white gowns and the price is the same. Associate Degree Cosmetology and Graduating Esthetician students will wear red gowns and the price is also the same. You must wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. Gowns will be available for purchase now in the City College Bookstore.  Gowns will not be sold after Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

Tip: Students should purchase caps and gowns by Tuesday, May 15 - after this date the Bookstore cannot guarantee correct size. Gowns will not be sold after Wednesday, May 23.


Graduation attire

San Diego City College's caps and gowns are black. Graduates are reminded to wear black or dark shoes, socks, and dresses/pants under graduation regalia for the ceremony. Exceptions - Nursing graduates will wear white caps and gowns, and Cosmetology and Esthetician graduating students will wear red caps and gowns.



GradImages(R) Photography will take color photographs as you receive your degree/certificate. You may purchase 5”x7” color photos for $9.00. Information for purchasing your photograph is posted on and will also be available at Graduation and Rehearsal.  For more information, click here.

Visit GradImages(R) website,, and click on Pre-Event Email Registration.  Enter your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share you accomplishments by viewing and ordering your photos.  Get $5 OFF on orders of $25 or more just by registering your information with before your event.  After graduation, order online at or call (800) 261.2576.

The photographer is not affiliated with the college and is solely responsible for purchase agreements.

*Please note graduations are public events. By participating in graduation, it is possible that the media or other photographers may use graduation photographs in newspapers, other publicity print mediums or video briefs on television news or online.


Picture Taking/Photography

Family and friends who want to take pictures during the ceremony are asked to be respectful of other guests seated in the front rows. Aisles must be kept clear. Look for the designated photo area at the Organ Pavilion.



Videographer information will be posted at

The videographer is not affiliated with the college and is solely responsible for purchase agreements.


Videographer Flyer Form 2018


The actual diplomas for fall, spring and summer graduates will be mailed. Diplomas will be mailed to the address provided in Reg-e. Update your contact information online at Ceremony participation diploma covers are distributed as part of the graduation ceremony.



The first several rows are reserved for graduates. Your guests should be seated in unmarked rows, subject to availability. Reserving or saving seats is discouraged. Special accommodation seating available on the west side of the seating area.



Smoking is NOT permitted in Balboa Park.

Balloons, beach balls, blow horns and lawn chairs are prohibited at and during the Graduation Ceremony. Please inform your guests to leave these items in their vehicles. You may not stand on benches.


HONOR A Future City College Graduate: Donate Your Cap and Gown!

Each year, the Office of Student Affairs receives several requests for caps and gowns for students who do not have resources to purchase them. Student Affairs does not have enough gowns to meet the need each year. Phi Theta Kappa the San Diego City College HONOR Society will set up bins as you exit to collect your donated cap and gown. Please donate.


Graduating Phi Theta Kappa MEMBERS

Fill out the “PTK” form to have your name displayed in the Graduation Program under “Phi Theta Kappa”. The deadline to turn form in is Monday, April 23, 2018.

 Please return form to Student Affairs, Room M-200.

PTK form

To order your graduation regalia from Phi Theta Kappa, shop online at Make sure to have your membership number ready for ordering. Order these items as early as possible.


Fill out the “Psi Beta” form to have your name displayed in the Graduation Program under “Psi Beta”. The deadline to turn form in is Monday, April 23, 2018.

Please return form to Student Affairs, Room M-200.

Psi Beta form

To order your graduation regalia from Psi Beta, shop online at



In the case of rain on Graduation Day, our ceremony will be moved to the City College Harry West Gymnasium on Park Boulevard (across from San Diego High School).

City College Bookstore Graduation Regalia Prices

For Book store information, click here.

A la Cart (Prices are tentative)

  • Cap and Gown Unit - $29.95 - ON SALE NOW
    (includes Cap, Gown, and Tassel)
  • Extra Tassel - $6.95
  • Medallion necklace/key chain - price varies
  • City College Key chain - price varies

All prices quoted do not include tax.

City College Rings
The college ring representative will be at the mandatory graduation rehearsal on Thursday, May 24, at 2:30 pm. If you are interested in ordering a San Diego City College graduation ring, you may do so there.

Graduation Announcements/Invitations

Graduation announcements will be sold in the Bookstore beginning March 22. Please visit the bookstore website for more information: The prices for announcements are as follows:

  • Pack of 5 -  $9.45
  • Pack of 25  - $47.25


Directions and Parking at Balboa Park

Southbound from I-5
Take the 10th Ave. exit off I-5. Turn left on “A” St. and left again on Park Blvd. Follow the signs to Balboa Park. Turn left on President’s Way.

Northbound from I-5
Take the “B” St./Pershing exit off I-5 to Pershing St. Take Pershing and turn left on Florida Dr. Turn left on Zoo Place to Park Blvd. Turn right on President’s Way.

Southbound from Hwy 163
Take the Park Blvd. exit off Hwy 163. Turn left on Park Blvd. Follow the signs to Balboa Park. Turn left on President’s Way.

Parking lots fill early. Please plan for walking some distance from parking lots to the Organ Pavilion venue.


Contact Information

  • City College Bookstore
    (619) 388-3548
    Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Friday 7:45 a.m. to 12 noon

  • City College Office of Student Affairs

    (619) 388-3498

  • City College Office of Evaluations

    (619) 388-3466
    E Building


Lost and Found

Lost and Found items may be dropped off at back table marked “First Aid and Lost &Found”.


Changes and updates will occur. Be sure to please check the Graduation website for the most current information :