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88th Annual Commencement Ceremony
6-8 p.m. - Thursday, May 18, 2023
248 W Fremont St, Stockton, CA 95203
View the 2023 Commencement Program
Last Update: May 2, 2023
|Phoenix Project Ceremony||Thursday, May 4, 2023||6:00PM||DANNER HALL|
|Student Art Exhibition Reception and Awards Ceremony||Thursday, May 4, 2023||5:30 PM||TONY FITCH (NORTH) FORUM|
|La Raza (LREA) Graduation||Monday, May 8, 2023||6:00 PM||ATHERTON AUDITORIUM|
|Veterans Graduation||Tuesday, May 9, 2023||12:00PM||DELORES HUERTA PLAZA|
|Torch of Excellence Ceremony||Wednesday, May 10, 2023||5:30PM||TILLIE LEWIS THEATRE|
|CalWORKs & EOPS Student Recognition Celebration||Thursday, May 11, 2023||6:00 PM||DANNER HALL (Tent)|
|EPIC Learning Community Cohort 8 Graduation & 31st Annual APIASA Scholarship Awards Banquet||Friday, May 12, 2023||5:00PM||OFF CAMPUS (China Palace)|
|Lavender Graduation||Friday, May 12, 2023||5:30 PM||TONY FITCH (NORTH) FORUM and QUAD|
|CTE Certificate Ceremony||Friday, May 12, 2023||6:00PM||ATHERTON AUDITORIUM|
|AANHPI Graduation||Saturday, May 13, 2023||10:00 AM||TILLIE LEWIS THEATRE|
|1st Annual Political Science Graduation, Recognition, & Civic/Community Impact Awards Dinner Reception||Tuesday, May 16, 2023||5:30 PM||OFF CAMPUS (China Palace)|
|Black Graduation Ceremony||Tuesday, May 16, 2023||6:00PM||ATHERTON AUDITORIUM|
|ADN (Nursing) Spring 2023 Pinning Ceremony||Wednesday, May 17, 2023||6:00PM||ATHERTON AUDITORIUM|
|Caterpillar Graduation||Thursday, May 18, 2023||10AM-1PM||SHIMA 110-112|
|Delta College 88th Commencement Ceremony||Thursday, May 18, 2023||6:00PM||OFF CAMPUS (Stockton Arena)|
|Middle College (MCHS) Graduation||Friday, May 19, 2023||6:00PM||ATHERTON AUDITORIUM|
|CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) Pinning Ceremony||Thursday, May 25, 2023||5:00PM||TILLIE LEWIS THEATRE|
|Summer 2023 Psych Tech Pinning Ceremony||Wednesday, June 21, 2023||6:00PM||ATHERTON AUDITORIUM|
|October POST Graduation||Tuesday, October 31, 2023||10:00AM||TBA|
All grads and guests entering the arena will pass through security checkpoints.
Graduates are highly encouraged to be present at rehearsal so that the ceremony proceeds smoothly. Arrive at the Stockton Arena by 3:30 p.m. for the rehearsal; please do not be late! Caps and gowns are not necessary at rehearsal. Parking is free for rehearsal and $10 on day of Commencement. See Parking Information & Map for further details. Please do not bring family members or friends to rehearsal.
We encourage you to eat at least a light meal before arriving at the arena. Graduates must arrive in caps and gowns at the Stockton Arena by 4:15 p.m. and enter through the SOUTH DOORS (the same doors used at rehearsal). Family and friends are not allowed in the graduate staging area. The processional for graduates will begin at 5:45 p.m. and the Commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Graduates are expected to remain until released at the close of the ceremony at approximately 8:00 p.m.
You can purchase your cap, gown, and tassel at the Bookstore or order online at SJDC-Bookstore-CapGownTassel We encourage you to order/pick up your cap and gown (distributed along with 5 tickets for your guests) as soon as possible. Bookstore hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Closed weekends. Phone (209) 954-5086.
Graduates participating in Commencement will need to check in at the grad tables in the Arena. Staff will provide directions regarding where to line up and fill out a reader card for their names to be called out. You will write down your name in phonetic pronunciation so that your name is called out correctly.
There is no cost for parking on the day of rehearsal. Cost will be $10 on day of Commencement. See Parking Information & Map for further details. Street parking is free. The City of Stockton parking fee is $10 per vehicle in the East Fremont Street parking lot (across the street from the Arena), and in the parking garage (adjacent to the Arena). We encourage you to consider carpooling.
Parking lots open at 4:00 p.m. See Parking Information & Map for further details.
Please note the following information regarding parking for the event. Plan accordingly as there will be extra traffic in the area:
Tickets are required for guests two (2) years of age and older at the Commencement ceremony.
If you haven’t already, you can get up to five (5) tickets for your guests when you pick up your cap and gown at the Delta College Bookstore (SJDC-Bookstore-CapGownTassel).
Up to three (3) additional tickets will be available at rehearsal on Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Doors will open promptly at 4:30 p.m. and seating is first-come, first-served. Guests should be seated no later than 5:30 p.m. The processional for graduates will begin at 5:45 p.m. and the Commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Guests will not be able to see the graduates in advance of the ceremony. Graduates and guests should decide in advance on a place to meet outside after the ceremony.
Guests should request assistance from one of the ushers as they enter the Arena.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Arena from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm. No outside food or beverages are permitted in the Arena.
Flowers can be brought into the Arena. Flowers can also be purchased in the lobby. Proceeds are donated to a student scholarship fund.
Professional photography will be provided by GradImages. Individual photographs will be taken of graduates by the ramps and before they get on stage. . A photo package will be offered for sale to each graduate after Commencement. Proofs can be viewed at www.gradimages.com. A link will be on Delta’s website at www.deltacollege.edu/commencement after graduation.
Photographs may be taken by family and friends from the seating areas only. Although cell phone and small hand-held video cameras will be allowed, no tripods or cords are allowed. (See information under #1)
Graduates will not receive their actual diplomas at the ceremony. Official diplomas will be mailed to graduates after all eligibility requirements have been verified. At Commencement, graduates will receive a congratulatory scroll.
Graduation honors levels are determined by cumulative grade point average (GPA). GPA computation for graduation with honors and other awards uses all course work. The designation is reflected on each student’s transcript and diploma. (4.00–Highest Honors, 3.70–3.99 High Honors, 3.30–3.69 Honors, 3.00–3.29 Honorable Mention).
a. If you are a Summer 2022 graduate, your cumulative GPA at the end of the Summer 2022 semester determines the tassel color.
b. If you are a Fall 2022 graduate or Spring 2023 candidate, the tassel color is determined by your cumulative GPA at the end of the Fall 2022 semester, including all AA/AS applicable courses from other colleges. Fall 2022 GPA is used as the determining criteria even if grades for Spring 2023 are posted before the Commencement ceremony. No exceptions. If you were granted special permission to walk as a candidate, you will receive a black tassel regardless of your GPA.
c. When you pick up your cap, gown, and tassel, your GPA will be available at the Bookstore and will determine your tassel color as follows:
a. If you are sick or have been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone known to be or suspected to have been infected with COVID-19 within the last 10 days, or are subject to a quarantine or isolation order, please stay home and do not attend the ceremony.
b. Delta College will have masks and hand sanitizer available upon request.