Foothill College presents its 54th Annual Commencement Ceremony Friday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Quad. The evening will feature inspirational messages from Foothill College students, faculty and staff. Tickets are not required and event parking in student lots is free this evening only. The evening will feature inspirational messages from Foothill College President Judy C. Miner, Ed.D.; Foothill Psychology Instructor Ben Stefonik, M.A.; and student speaker Antonia Zavala, international relations major and former student trustee to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees.
Encourage your guests to arrive early to locate parking and seating. For ceremony time, location, parking rules, disability accommodation request deadline, cap and gown details, and guest instructions, review the Commencement Ceremony FAQ at www.foothill.edu/programs/graduation.php.
More than 900 Are Candidates for Graduation
From its first graduating class of 37 students in 1960, Foothill has grown to serve approximately 14,000 students each 12-week quarter. Foothill’s Class of 2013–2014 includes 520 candidates for the associate in arts degree and 355 candidates for the associate in science degree. In addition, 61 students will be awarded the associate degree for transfer, which is the entirely new joint transfer degree developed by the California Community Colleges and California State University systems.
Designed specifically for transfer to the CSU, the new associate in arts for transfer (AA-T) and associate in science for transfer (AS-T) degrees make it easier for students to transfer between the two higher education systems, and mark the first time in California history that community college students who complete a new degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing to the CSU system. These degrees can be completed in 60 transferable semester units (or 90 quarter units) and include coursework in general education, major preparation and electives. Foothill College now offers 11 state-approved associate degrees for transfer, including anthropology, AA-T; computer science, AA-S; English, AA-T; geography, AA-T; history, AA-T; mathematics, AA-S; philosophy, AA-T; physics, AA-S; psychology, AA-T; sociology AA-T; and studio arts, AA-T. Foothill faculty continue to develop even more of these transfer degrees.
In addition to recognizing honor scholars and scholarship recipients, the ceremony will spotlight three first-time degree recipients who have earned a 4.0 grade point average in all college coursework, including 60 resident units at Foothill College. Communications/pre-law major Irina Loseva of Berkeley, music major James Sommermann of Mendocino, and social sciences major Shee Ling Celine Tong of Palo Alto will receive the president’s medal, Foothill’s highest academic honor.
Following the ceremony, graduates and guests will be treated to a complimentary hors d’oeuvres reception hosted by the Associated Students of Foothill College. Parking lots 1, 5, 6 and 7 provide best parking for the library quad. For more ceremony information, review the commencement ceremony FAQ at www.foothill.edu.
Information for Graduates
You must purchase academic regalia—gown, cap, tassel, hood and honors gold cord (if eligible)—to participate in the Commencement Ceremony. Purchase and pick up your regalia at the Foothill Bookstore. The cost of gown, cap and tassel is $44.95 plus tax. The hood rental is $10 plus tax and a $20 refundable deposit. To receive your deposit and your diploma, you must return the hood to the Foothill Bookstore by July 24.
Extra tassels are available for purchase. You may also purchase announcements to send to your guests at the Foothill Bookstore. Blank formal announcements are $29.95 per pack of 25. Personalized announcements are available for online purchase at www.CBgrad.com. For more bookstore information, call (650) 949-7305 or access www.books.foothill.edu.