Ceremony Protocol

Graduating students should arrive in their regalia at the Physical Education Center Quad at 5:00 p.m. to check in.

What to Expect

  • You will receive your Graduation ID Card as you check in.
  • Commencement marshals will escort you into the Gymnasium.
  • At the appropriate time in the ceremony, the reader will ask the A.A., A.S., certificate candidates and Marin County Office of Education certificate of completion students to rise.
  • Marshals will direct students to the platform row by row.
  • Give your Graduation ID Card to the reader when you approach the stage.
  • When you receive your diploma cover, exit the stage, pause to allow the professional photographer to take your picture, then return to your seat and sit down. (Your official diploma will arrive in the mail to you in late July).
  • After all graduates are seated, the Vice President will ask you to move your tassel from the right to the left side of your cap.

IMPORTANT NOTE: No family should follow you through the doors that are designated for graduates.  Please kindly remind family and friends that they should meet you in the front of the gym.

Graduation Identification Card

You will receive your Graduation Identification Card when you check in the day of the ceremony. It will be used to read your name when you cross the stage. If you have an often mispronounced name, please call 415.485.9648 and leave a message repeating your name as you would like it to be read at the ceremony.


A vendor will be on site selling flowers at the ceremony.


GradImages will provide professional photography at the ceremony.  Please visit their website at www.gradimages.com where you will find your photos available to share and order online. You are not obligated to purchase any of the photographs taken by GradImages.

Photography Protocol

  • All graduates will be photographed individually on stage with David Wain Coon, Ed.D., Superintendent/President after receiving your diploma jacket.
  • When exiting the stage, pause at the bottom of the stage to take your graduation photo before returning to your seat.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There will be a photography area roped off for guests to take photos of their graduate. Please remind guests that entering aisles is not allowed.

Photo Release

College of Marin (COM) will be photographing and digitally recording during commencement activities. Your image may be used in College printed and digital publications and the College website for promotional and educational purposes. By attending this event, students waive all rights to privacy with respect to the use of their image by College of Marin for promotional and educational purposes.