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UPDATE: Commencement and Graduation 2021

College of the Siskiyous will be holding Commencement as a virtual presentation. Because of the pandemic, we are again faced with the reality that holding a large, in-person event is not in the best interest of our students, their families, or our community. Nonetheless, we do feel that it is incredibly important to honor our graduates in the best way possible and to move forward with a virtual commencement.

Commencement is a special event that marks the celebration and culmination of years of hard work completed by our students. In no way do we want to minimize our graduates' accomplishments, so we commit ourselves to creating a virtual ceremony that will show the pride we have for our graduates. We desire to recognize the tenacity and commitment they have shown to complete their degrees during a crisis that will be catalogued in history.

Details will be sent via email regarding the virtual commencement to students who have petitioned to graduate.

College of the Siskiyous will also be holding a drive-through graduation celebration for students on May 7, 2021. More details will be sent out to students and posted here.

Degrees are not automatically awarded. See Instructions on Petitioning to Graduate below.

Priority petition deadline has been extended to April 15, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Date of Premier or Live Stream

We are still working on the technical aspects of live streaming or premiering the virtual graduation video. The date and premier broadcast of the Virtual Graduation is May 21, 2021, at 6:30 pm, and can be accessed through the College of the Siskiyous Facebook page at The deadline for participation in the Virtual Commencement has passed.

Commencement Printed Program

We will be providing printable, electronic copies of the Commencement Program prior to the premier broadcast. Students will be listed in the program and in a release to the media unless they opt out by emailing and including their first and last name in the email, or if they had previously opted out through their petition form. If you are unsure whether or not you opted out, feel free to send an email to ask. Students who opt out of being in the printed program or media release may still be included in the virtual graduation. Please specify whether you want to opt out of both or not.


Students are not required to participate in the virtual graduation/commencement in order to receive their diploma/degree. Students can opt out of participating in the video or having their name called and degrees listed by emailing Please state that you do not want to participate in the virtual commencement ceremony and sign with your first and last name. This does not opt students from being in the program. Please see note above regarding Commencement Printed Program. Please specify whether you want to opt out of both or not.

Petitioning to Graduate

All students who are completing graduation requirements must file a "Petition to Graduate" available online or at the Counseling and Student Support Programs Office. It is recommended that you petition after registering for your spring classes. The earlier the better! (Priority Deadline for submission is April 1). Late petitions will result in your name not being listed in the program.

Student Speaker

Students interested in becoming the student graduation speaker must apply and audition before a panel comprised of staff, students, and faculty. The Student Speaker Application deadline is April 15. Students who have applied will receive further instructions shortly after the Student Speaker Application deadline.

Student Speaker Application

Degree Mailing

Pending successful completion of your courses, your degree will be sent to the address on your graduation petition in late July.

Graduation candidates will be mailed commencement information at the beginning of April.

Contact Us

  • For a status or questions regarding your petition, please contact Admissions and Records at (530) 938-5500.
  • For questions regarding the virtual graduation, please contact Student Services by emailing or calling (530) 938-5374 and leave a message with your question.
  • For assistance on uploading your "selfie video" for the virtual graduation, please text "Grad Selfie Help" to (530) 938-5376.