Graduation Information

Students Walking by Student Center

Commencement Information for May 2016 Graduates

DATE: Friday, May 20, 2016
TIME: 8:00 pm

Degrees are not automatically awarded. Students must apply at the Counseling Services Office for their degree.
Priority deadline April 6, 2016

Petitioning to Graduate at College of the Siskiyous

pie graph showing proportions of unit requirementsAn associate degree is 60 units made up of general education, major (optional) and electives. Once you have completed all your requirements or have registered for your final semester. Please complete the following steps.

Step 1 - Complete sides A & B of the Petition to Graduate. Click COSGE for COS courses that meet the general education requirements If you don't know which courses meet your requirements make an appointment with your Counselor,.

Step 2 - If you have not already done so, have official transcripts requested from all colleges that you will be using to fulfill the Associate Degree Requirements and have them sent to the COS Admissions & Records office. If you have the transcripts sent to yourself, do not open the envelope before submitting them to Admissions & Records.

Step 3 - Submit the completed petition to Counseling and Support Services at the Weed campus. Petitions should be submitted AFTER you are registered for your last semester courses.

Step 4 -- Check back to this page for updated information


Date and Location
On the night of Commencement, May 20, 2016, graduation candidates will line up at 7:30 pm SHARP on the sidewalk immediately north of the gym and march into the gym PROMPTLY at 8 pm. We ALWAYS start on time. The Commencement will take approximately one hour.

Petitioning to Graduate
All students who are completing graduation requirements must file a "Petition to Graduate" available online or at the Counseling office. It is recommended that you petition after registering for your spring classes. The earlier the better! (Priority Deadline for submission is April 6, 2016). Late petitions will result in your name not being listed in the program.

Student Speaker
Students interested in becoming the student graduation speaker must apply and try-out before a panel comprised of staff, students and faculty. April 11th is the last day to submit the application. Applications are avaliable in the Student Life Office.

Regalia (Caps, Gowns, Tassels)
All students participating in Commencement must wear a cap and gown. Regalia will be available in the Campus Gift and Bookstore in late April. Prices will be available in early April. It includes cap, gown, tassel, and diploma cover. Caps and gowns should be picked up no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, May 16th. You will receive the diploma cover at Commencement.

Commencement Practice
It is VERY important that you attend the Commencement practice. It will be held on Thursday, May 19th at 3:00 pm on the sidewalk north of the gym. If you plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony and cannot attend the practice, please contact Jan Keen at (530) 938-5374(530) 938-5374. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND THE PRACTICE!

On the night of Commencement the gym will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are not required and there is no reserved seating. Please read below for disability accommodations.

Graduation portraits will be available. The pictures will be taken from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the night of graduation. Information will be included in the graduation mailing the first week in April.

Graduation Announcements
The COS Campus Gift and Bookstore has provided this link to your custom announcements:

Click on "Order Now! Click Here to Select Your School" under College Graduation.

  1. Select California
  2. Select College of the Siskiyous
  3. Select package to order.

There will be a cake reception for graduates and their guests in the Student Center immediately following the ceremony.

Disability Accommodations
If you need special accommodations for the Commencement Ceremony because of a disability, or if someone you know is attending and needs accommodations, please call the Student Life Office at (530) 938-5374(530) 938-5374.

Degree Mailing
Pending successful completion of your courses, your degree will be sent to the address on your graduation petition in late July.

If you have questions, please contact Jan Keen in the Student Life Office at (530) 938-5374(530) 938-5374.