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College of Marin Commencement

89th Annual College of Marin Commencement

Mark your calendar · Friday, May 20, 2016 · 6 p.m.
Diamond Physical Education Center, Kentfield Campus

The College is pleased to have Dr. Alfredo Quninones-Hinojosa as the honored commencement speaker.

Be on the lookout for your official invitation email where you can RSVP. Please respond no later than May 6, 2016!

Graduating Students – information you need to know!

Caps and Gowns
The College of Marin Bookstore will carry caps and gowns, available in late April for participants in the graduation ceremony. Announcements will also be available individually or in groups of ten. If you cannot afford the regalia, please email Vickie Lamke.

Graduation Identification Card
You will receive your Graduation Identification Card when you check in the day of the ceremony. It will be used to read your name when you get your diploma. If you have an often mispronounced name, please call 415.485.9648 and leave a message repeating your name as you would like it to be read at the ceremony.

Ceremony Protocol
Graduating students should arrive in their regalia at the Physical Education Center Quad at 5:00 p.m. to check in. You will receive your Graduation ID Card as you check in. Commencement marshals will escort you into the Gymnasium. At the appropriate time in the ceremony, the reader will ask the A.A., A.S., certificate candidates and Marin County Office of Education certificate of completion students to rise. Marshals will direct students to the platform row by row. Give your Graduation ID Card to the reader when you approach the stage. When you receive your diploma cover, exit the stage, pause to allow the professional photographer to take your picture, then return to your seat and sit down. (Your official diploma will come to you in late July). After all graduates are seated, the vice president will ask you to move your tassel from the right to the left side of your cap.

Reception for students, family and friends to immediately follow. Tickets are not required to attend.

Special Accommodations 
A sign language interpreter team will sign during the ceremony. If students or guests need other accommodations, please call 415.485.9376.

GradImages will provide professional photography at the ceremony. All graduates will be photographed individually on stage with President Coon. Please visit their website at where you will find your photos available to share and order online. You are not obligated to purchase any of the photographs taken by GradImages.

A vendor will be on site selling flowers at the ceremony.

Student Commencement Speaker Application Guidelines

Would you like the honor of being selected as the student speaker for the 88th Annual College of Marin Commencement? Each year a student is selected to give a speech at commencement on behalf of the graduating class. If you are graduating with an AA or AS degree or a certificate, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, please consider sharing your story with fellow grads and campus community. Below are guidelines for the student speech:

  1. Student information: Include your full name, phone number and email address on the written copy of your speech.
  2. Length: Your speech should be no longer than 10 minutes.
  3. Content: Reflect what you found important about your education at College of Marin; share ways in which your education will influence your future; what you have learned from your teachers and other students; and how your education has prepared you to be a citizen of the world.
  4. Context: Design the address to include college and life experiences shared by graduates.
  5. Audience: Focus your address on the graduates.

The deadline for submitting a written copy of your speech is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2015. Please email your speech to Tara Arenas. If you have questions, please call 415.457.8811 ext.7761.

Finalists will present their speeches to a panel - date and location at the Kentfield campus to be determined. Following the presentations, the panel will select the speaker.


Please call (415)485.9376 or email


Kentfield Campus maps and directions

Map for commencement


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Commencement Webpage
Content Responsible: Sadika Sulaiman Hara, 415.485-9375

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