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Graduation Information

Commencement is a special event that marks the celebration and culmination of years of hard work completed by our students.

The 2023 College of the Siskiyous Commencement and Graduation Ceremony will be held Friday, May 19, 2023 at 5:00 pm at Hershel Meredith Stadium (Football Field), Weed Campus, 800 College Avenue, Weed. This ceremony will be held in-person, outdoors, and will not require limited guest seating.

For family and friends who cannot attend, the Ceremony will be live streamed on our Siskiyous Athletics YouTube page

All graduates who plan to participate in the Ceremony are encouraged to attend the Rehearsal scheduled for 1:00 pm on May 19, 2023 at Herschel Meredith Stadium (Football Field).

Students who plan to graduate and participate in the ceremony should fill out and submit their Petition to Graduate by April 14, 2023. Students not petitioning by this deadline will not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Note - This does not mean that students who petition after the deadline will not be able to receive their degree. Petitions will still be reviewed for degree completion.

Degrees are not automatically awarded. See Instructions on Petitioning to Graduate below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it too late to sign up for Commencement participation?

The deadline to submit a request to participate in Commencement through the Petition for Graduation will close April 14. Students who petition to graduate after April 14 may fill out this form to be placed on the waitlist. The waitlist will close April 21, 2023 and will be considered for selection based on earliest Graduation Petition submission date. This means if there is only one seat available, it will be given to the person on the waitlist who submitted their Graduation Petition first.

Will Commencement be Live Streamed?

Yes. For family and friends who cannot attend, the Ceremony will be live streamed on our Siskiyous Athletics YouTube page

How do I get a commencement program?

All students participating in the ceremony will receive a printed Commencement Program during the ceremony for students and guests. Students can request extra programs by emailing

Students will be listed in the program and in a press release to the media unless they opt out by sending an email to and including their first and last name in the email, or if they had previously opted out through their petition form. If you are unsure whether or not you opted out, send an email to ask.

Is participation in the commencement ceremony required to receive my degree?

Students are not required to participate in the graduation / commencement ceremony in order to receive their diploma/degree. Students who petition by May 1, 2023 will still be included in the printed Commencement Program regardless of participation in the ceremony. Please see note above regarding Commencement Printed Program. Please specify whether you want to opt out of both or not.

Is my degree automatically sent to me if I completed my requirements?

All students who are completing graduation requirements must file a " Petition to Graduate" available online or at the Counseling and Student Support Programs Office. It is recommended that you petition after registering for your spring classes. The earlier the better! (Commencement Deadline is April 14). Late petitions will result in not being able to participate in commencement or your name not being listed in the program (printed program deadline is May 1).

How do I apply to become the Student Speaker for Commencement?

Students interested in becoming the student graduation speaker must apply and audition before a panel comprised of staff, students, and faculty. The Student Speaker Application deadline is April 20. Students who have applied will receive further instructions shortly after the Student Speaker Application deadline.

Student Speaker Application

When will I receive my diploma/degree in the mail?

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

Graduation candidates will be mailed commencement information at the end of March. Be sure to check your Siskiyous email for updates.

Contact Us

  • For a status update or questions regarding your petition, please contact Admissions and Records at (530) 938-5500.
  • For questions regarding the Commencement Ceremony, please contact the Public Relations Office by sending an email to or calling (530) 938-5373 and leave a message with your question.