Congratulations on your upcoming graduation.
Please read all the following materials carefully. If you require more information, please feel free to contact the VP, Student Affairs
TIME AND LOCATION
Saturday, June 17th at 2 p.m.
Plaza del Sol Performance Center
1811 Nordhoff St. Northridge, CA 91330
If you would like to make a hotel reservation, the Warner Center Marriott - Woodland Hills, is offering a special rate for Columbia College Hollywood of $149.00 per night + applicable taxes. This rate includes in-room internet and discounted parking. If you would like to book a reservation, please call 818‐877‐4800 and ask for the Columbia College Hollywood rate. You can also book directly by clicking here.
The Plaza del Sol Performance Hall is located in the University Student Union (USU) on California State University’s campus. It is recommended that visitors park in the G3 parking structure, with access to the campus at Zelzah Avenue and Prairie St. Parking permits for vehicles are $8/permit and can be purchased at Information Booth 3 (Prairie St.) or at any of the self-pay stations located in the G3 structure. Way-finding signage will be placed North of the structure towards the USU.
REHEARSAL ‐ 12:00 PM
All students must be checked in and ready no later than 12:00 pm, so they can participate in the mandatory graduation rehearsal before the ceremony.
To participate in the graduation ceremony of Columbia College Hollywood, you must have the “Graduation Petition/Application” completed and pay the $150 fee to the Registrar’s Office no later than Friday, March 17, 2017.
Out of respect for our graduating students, guests, and Commencement speakers, all graduates are required to stay for the entire ceremony. The ceremony should not exceed 2 hours.
CONDUCT AND ATTIRE
- Carefully iron your graduation gown or put it on a hanger several days before the ceremony, so that wrinkles will not be visible.
- The Dress code is Business Casual.
- No flip flops, sandals, shorts, or sunglasses.
- Cell phones must be turned off or placed
- If you buy new shoes, practice walking in them before the ceremony.
- Please be courteous during the ceremony.
- Guests are asked to cooperate with school officials throughout the ceremony, in order to maintain a safe and orderly environment.
- Possession or use of alcoholic beverages, illegal narcotics, or non‐prescription drugs prohibited during the event. Any violation of this policy will disqualify a graduate from participation in the Commencement ceremony.
If we determine your conduct or attire does not represent the College’s standards and policies you may be removed from the venue and denied permission to participate further in the ceremony.
GRADUATION REGALIA (CAP AND GOWN)
Caps and gowns are yours to keep after the ceremony. Caps and gowns will be ordered pursuant to the receipt of the “Graduation Petition/Application.”
Tickets are required for entry into the Commencement Ceremony.
Graduates who have submitted the “Graduation Petition/Application” by Friday, March 17,
Once all tickets have been distributed, remaining tickets will be released.
DISTRIBUTION AND LOCATIONS
Cap & gowns, along with tickets, will be distributed in the Student Services Office. Students will be notified (in May) when graduation regalia and announcements are available for pick up.
Graduates will NOT be receiving diplomas at the Commencement ceremony.
A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduate during the Commencement ceremony. Photos will be made available to students, shortly after the ceremony.
A professional Videographer will document the Commencement ceremony in its entirety. A CCH Commencement DVD will be available for purchase. Further information regarding the purchase of the CCH Commencement DVD will be printed on the Graduation Program.
Guest seating is not assigned and will be on a first available basis.
Participation in Commencement ceremonies is not an indication that all degree requirements have been completed.
If you would like to make a hotel reservation, the Warner Center Marriott - Woodland Hills, is offering a special rate for Columbia College Hollywood of $149.00 per night + applicable taxes. This rate includes in-room internet and discounted parking.
If you would like to book a reservation, please call 818‐877‐4800 and ask for the Columbia College Hollywood rate. You can also book directly by clicking on the following link: CLICK HERE
INTERNATIONAL F‐1 STUDENTS
If you need a letter from the College to verify your expected graduation date so that you may invite family from abroad, please contact the Registrar.
Optional Practical Training (OPT ‐ AFTER GRADUATION)
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is available to F‐1 students who are currently in legal status and have been for at least nine consecutive months. OPT allows you to work up to 12 months anywhere in the U.S. in a field related to your major and does not require proof of employment. Only one 12‐ month period of time is granted during your entire academic career as an F‐1 student in the U.S.
Make an appointment to see your International Student Advisor at the start of your last quarter in attendance. Applications for OPT can be submitted 120 days before completion of your studies. Since the application process may take up to 90 days and employment cannot begin until you have received an Employment Authorization Card, we recommend that you apply early.
60‐day grace period after finishing program or after finishing OPT
If your OPT has been approved and you depart before you get a job, your OPT ends and you cannot re-enter unless you have a written job offer.