Frequently Asked Questions


Q:  When and where does the ceremony take place?
A:  The ceremony will take place on Friday, May 25, 2018 and begin at 5:00 p.m. in front of the Administration Building on the Oceanside campus.

Q:  Is a ticket required for guests?
A:  Admission is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q:  How many friends and family members can I invite?
A:  As many as you want.  There are no assigned seats except for those who have made arrangements for disabled accommodation.

Q:  When can I get a seat?
A:  Seating opens up to the public at 4:00 p.m.

Q:  Do I need a parking permit to attend the event?
A:  No.

Q:  Will there be disabled parking?
A:  Yes.

Q:  I am a graduate/guest and I need disabled accommodation.  What do I do?
A:  Email the Director of Student Activities, Jim Gonzales at or call (760) 795-6890.

Q:  Will there be a professional photographer at commencement and can I purchase pictures of the event?
A:  Yes.  A photographer will be at the event to take pictures of each graduate receiving his or her diploma.  Graduates will be given information at check-in on how to purchase pictures.

Q:  Will the ceremony be broadcast on the Internet?
A:  Yes.  Go to the college's mail website at on Friday, May 25th where an icon graphic will guide you to the broadcast page.


Q:  When and where do graduates need to check-in?
A:  Check-in is at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25th at the southwest corner of the Oceanside campus library.

Q:  What do I need to bring?
A:  Bring your cap, gown, and a light snack. Bring only what you can carry.  There is no accommodation for locking up and securing personal property.

Q:  I was told I would receive information by email.  When will I receive it?
A:  Your first communication will be from Admissions & Records informing you that you are qualified to graduate.  Next, you will receive an email from the Student Activities Office giving you information on how to participate and how to confirm your participation online.  Once you have confirmed your participation online, you will receive a final email from the Student Activities Office.  

Q:  When is the RSVP deadline to participate in this year's event?
A:  Graduates must confirm online by no later than Friday, May 18, 2018.

Q: I heard that graduates can audition to be this year's commencement speaker.  Is that true?
A: Graduates are invited to audition for the role of commencement speaker; to give this year’s student address for seven minutes.  If interested, email the commencement committee chair at indicating your interest and please include your name, student number, email address and phone number. Further information will follow regarding selection of the commencement speaker.

Q: I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa and I want to wear the PTK regalia.  Where do I get it?
A:  PTK regalia is special ordered by you through the PTK website.  Go to to place an order.

Q: I heard there is a pre-graduation event at MiraCosta. Is that true?
A:  Yes, MiraCosta will be hosting GradFest at the Oceanside campus on Thursday, April 5th between 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the Clock Tower/Fountain Quad and at the San Elijo campus from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Student Center Deck (building 900).