Miami Dade College

Commencement Ceremonies

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Getting Prepared for Commencement

  • Participation
  • Academic Regalia: Cap and Gown
  • Tickets
  • Name Card
  • Schedule
  • Photography

Day of Ceremony

  • Graduation Program
  • Dress/Attire for Graduation
  • Family Members and Guests
  • Children
  • Special Needs and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Veterans
  • Directions, Parking, and Public Transportation
  • Security

The West Campus 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be held at University of Miami Watsco Center on Saturday, May 5, at 6:30 p.m.

Due to printing deadlines, only those Miami Dade College students who applied for graduation by the deadline of Monday, March 26, will have their names listed in the Commencement Program. However, students may still apply to attend our commencement ceremony by applying for graduation with an Academic Advisor in Building 2, room 2114, no later than May 2, 2018.

Getting Prepared for Commencement

Participation

Each graduating student will be issued a cap and gown at the West Campus Bookstore starting on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 through Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The bookstore hours are Monday – Thursday 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.; Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.   There is no cost for the cap and gown for students who have been approved for Commencement. Students may keep their cap and gown, compliments of the West Campus. A printed Commencement Program will be provided at the Commencement Ceremony.

Academic Regalia: Cap and Gown

Each graduating student will be issued a cap and gown at the West Campus Bookstore starting on Monday, April 23, 2018 through Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The bookstore hours are Monday – Thursday 8:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.; Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  Please make sure you pick up your cap and gown early, as there are limited quantities available. Make every attempt to arrive at the Bookstore well before the closing time on any day listed above.
There is no cost for the cap and gown for students who have been approved for Commencement. Caps and gowns will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis until the supply is exhausted. Students may keep their cap and gown, compliments of the West Campus. A printed Commencement Program will be provided at the Commencement Ceremony.

Honorary Regalia

All graduates and degree candidates who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher will receive special recognition as Honor Graduates. Honor Students that have applied for graduation during the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 terms will receive the following regalia free of charge:

  • 3.5-3.69 GPA- Honors Tassel
  • 3.7-4.0 GPA- Honors tassel and Honors Cord

All Honor Students must stop by the Student Life Department in Suite 1122-01 to pick up their honor regalia before commencement (Monday, April 23, - Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. [M-TH], 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. [F]).

Tickets

Each graduating student who has completed the steps required for applying for graduation must visit the West Campus Student Life Department to receive FOUR (4) tickets for their family members and/or guests. A ticket will be required to enter the graduation venue for each child or adult who attends the ceremony. The office hours are as follows: Monday – Thursday 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.  

Name Card

When students pick up their cap and gown, they will receive a Name Card listing their name as listed on the graduation application and the degree they are pursuing. Students must bring the Name Card with them to the Commencement Ceremony.

Photography

Professional photographers will photograph all graduates as they walk across the stage. A proof of the photograph and blank order form will be forwarded to the graduate’s email address. Since we are providing this professional service to our graduating students, no other photographs of individual graduating students will be permitted as it is disruptive to the Commencement Ceremony.

Day of the Ceremony

Schedule

5:00 P.M. - Student Arrival: Graduating students arrive on time and follow the signs to the graduate registration area inside the University of Miami Watsco Center Fieldhouse.


6:30 P.M.  - Commencement Begins: The ceremony will be conducted in a dignified and engaging manner. Graduating students will hand their Name Card to a faculty reader. Each graduating student will have their name called as they walk across the stage and shake hands with distinguished members of the stage party. Be sure to bring your Name Card with you. Purses, handbags, and photographic equipment cannot be carried into the theater or across the stage. It is suggested that graduates safeguard these items by leaving them with a family member or guest that will be part of the audience. Seating for graduates will be available on a first-come first-served basis.
This is a very special day for many attendees, so we ask that everyone remain seated until the end of the ceremony. Cell phones must be turned off or set to silent mode during the ceremony.

Graduation Program

Due to printing deadlines, only those West Campus students who applied for graduation by the deadline date of Monday, March 26, 2018, will be listed in the Graduation Program. Diplomas will be issued once final graduation requirements are met by the student and officially posted by the Registrar's Office. The Registrar's Office will mail the diploma to the address on file for each student who fully completes the degree requirements. (Please ensure mailing address is correct.)

Dress/Attire for Graduation

Commencement is a formal ceremony that recognizes the academic achievements of our graduates. Commencement is a formal ceremony that recognizes the academic achievements of our graduates. Proper attire and behavior are expected. Comfortable, business-casual clothing is recommended for students walking at Commencement:
Please do not wear sneakers, beach sandals, or shorts.  Wear shoes and visible items of clothing under your gown in dark colors that harmonize with the Commencement gown.

Dress Code:

  • White Shirt, Comfortable Dress
  • Dark Tie, Comfortable Dark Shoes
  • Dark Trousers, Jewelry (able to be hidden under regalia)
  • Dark Shoes

Heels over 3 inches are not recommended.

Family Members and Guests

Doors to the University of Miami Watsco Center will be open to the Guests beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Each family member and/or guest (including children) must present a ticket for admission to the Commencement Ceremony.
The University of Miami Watsco Center staff assists by ushering family members and guests to available seating areas. 

Special Needs and Individuals with Disabilities

Information will be forthcoming.

Veterans

Graduating student veterans may pick up special cords to wear during commencement in the West Campus Department of Student Life, Room 1122-01 during cap/gown distribution days. Veterans will be recognized during the commencement ceremony.

Directions, Parking, and Public Transportation

Students and guests may park in the Pavia, Merrick, or Ponce de Leon Parking Garages. Special needs parking will be available in the nearby surface lots, and City of Coral Gables Police will be on site to direct traffic. Those wishing to ride the Metrorail should utilize the University Station. To learn more, visit http://watscocenter.com/metrorail/.

Security

All persons entering the University of Miami Watsco Center are subject to a security screening and/or inspection of belongings.  Failure to consent will result in a denial to enter the venue

For security reasons, the following items will not be allowed in the University of Miami Watsco Center: large bags, noise makers, large cameras, tripods, coolers, balloons, banners, and baby strollers. Cell phones must be turned off or set to silent mode. If you have any questions or require additional information, contact the Department of Student Life at 305-237-8904.