Commencement Ceremony

2014 Ceremony details

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Date:
Friday, June 13, 2014
Time:
7pm. Please arrive between 5:30pm and 6pm
RSVP:
RSVP deadline for Commencement has passed
Where:

Memorial Coliseum
300 N. Winning Way
Portland, OR 97208

Note: At the Coliseum, you may be photographed or videotaped. By participating in the Commencement ceremony, you permit PCC to publish your image in photo/video materials related to the Commencement ceremony. The recording of the Ceremony could also appear on the PCC website and/or social media sites including but not limited to YouTube and Facebook.

Take the shuttle to commencement!

On the day of commencement, parking will be free at the PCC Cascade Campus, and Parking and Transportation Services will offer free shuttles from Cascade to the Memorial Coliseum. Friends and family are welcome to ride! Shuttles will leave from Cascade beginning at 4:30pm and will run approximately every 15-20 minutes. The shuttles will continue to run for 1 hour after the ceremony.

How many guests can I bring?

Invite as many people as you want! No tickets are required. Seating will be available for disabled and for hearing impaired guests. Headsets will be available at the Information Booth in the Coliseum Lobby. Although it is a celebration, please inform your guests that no food, drinks, gift baskets, presents, or helium balloons are allowed into the facility.

What can I bring to the ceremony?

Please do not bring valuables. There is no place to store them and unfortunately, things have been stolen in the past. Whatever you bring, you will take into the auditorium with you. There is not a changing area available. No food, drinks, gift baskets, presents, or helium balloons are allowed into the facility.

Commencement photographs

Photographs will be taken by a professional photographer, GradImages. You will be able to order prints online through the GradImages website. If you do not arrive to the Coliseum by 6:30pm, you may not have an opportunity to get your picture taken. You can also pre-register by visiting GradImages, and clicking Pre-Event Registration. If you have any questions, contact Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or email giservice@gradimages.net.

Caps, gowns and cords

Caps, Gowns, and honor chords will be sold at PCC bookstores from May 1 through the beginning of June. Please be aware that cap & gown sizes are limited, get yours early for the best fit.

All gowns worn by graduates must be purchased through the PCC bookstore. Graduates will be wearing “The Elements Collection” from Jostens. They are made of natural fiber from renewable, managed forests. The only part of the cap and gown that is not biodegradable is the zipper which is made from recycled pop bottles, and the button on the cap which is made of metal – both of which can be recycled. Blue gowns worn by previous PCC graduates are acceptable.

The following are 2014 prices. These items can also be ordered online!

Cap and gown:
$27.95 (same price since 2012!)
Honor cords:
$8.95 - Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75-4.0 will receive a highest honors notice via their PCC email. The email must be brought to the bookstore in order to purchase an honor cord.
Announcements:
Price will vary depending on announcement choice. Students can buy announcements at the bookstore or personalized announcements through Jostens.
Extra tassels:
Standard tassel - $3.95, Bling tassel - $7.95

2014 Commencement photos

Graduates can locate their graduation photos online by visiting http://www.gradimages.com/portlandcommunitycollege. The following two pieces of information are required to access your account:

  • Your last name
  • Your graduation year

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the Grad Images Customer Service Department by calling 800.261.2576.