Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement

Graduate Student FAQs

If you are a GPS student prepping for Commencement, get your answers below!

 

What is the date of the GPS Grad Fair?

The Grad Fair is on Thursday, March 16th, 2017.

When and where can I take my senior portraits?

During the week of Grad Fair 2017 (Monday, March 13th – Friday, March 17th), Prestige Portraits will be in the Lafayette Room in the Soda Center taking senior portraits. The sitting will include poses in the outfit of your choice, in addition a cap and gown will be available for your use.

We will also be having make-up dates on Monday, April 10, Tuesday, April 11, and Tuesday, April 18.

How can I schedule my appointment?

Please contact Prestige Portraits to schedule your sitting. You can visit the Commencement Portrait link and schedule your appointment online OR you can call 510-372-1500 to schedule an appointment.

Do senior portraits cost money?

You will be required to pay a $50 refundable deposit when you arrive at your portrait session, so remember to bring your checkbook.  This refundable deposit ensures that you will receive the proofs of your photos via mail.  If you choose not to purchase any photos, simply return the proofs following the provided instructions and your deposit will be refunded.  If you choose to purchase photos, the deposit will be applied toward your bill. Should you have any questions, feel free to call Lifetouch, the parent of Prestige Portraits, at 510-372-1500.  You are under no obligation to purchase any portraits. 

I’d like to attend or participate in a cultural graduation. How can I find out more information?

How do I know if I'm eligible to graduate? Eligibility is determined by individual schools.  Please refer to your program office for additional information.

What time does the ceremony begin? The processional begins approximately one half hour prior to the beginning of the ceremony-(9:30 a.m., ceremony begins at 10 a.m.).

Is there a reception following the ceremony?  This year the reception will be held on the chapel lawn. 

How can I order a class ring? During Grad Fair 2017 we will have a vendor, CB Graduation Announcements, who will be taking orders and will be showcasing the different types of rings. If you would like to order online, we also have that option available.

How can I order graduation announcements? During Grad Fair 2017 (Wednesday, March 15th) we will have a vendor, CB Graduation Announcements, who will be taking orders and will be showcasing the different types of announcements. If you would like to order online, we also have that option available.

What if it rains? Commencement is held outside rain or shine. Please come prepared for any kind of weather (warm coats, rain coats, umbrellas, sunscreen, hats, blankets, etc.). The SMC stadium offers little shade.

Can I processes across the stage with my children? We are thrilled that your family members have joined you in celebration of your achievements. For the safety of yourself and your children, no children will be allowed to accompnay you as you walk across the stage. Please feel free to come back to the front of the stage following the ceremony for a photo opportunity with the whole family.