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SFCC Graduation 2014

Graduation Ceremony
Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Santa Fe Indian School Pueblo Pavilion
See map of Santa Fe Indian School Pueblo Pavilion 

1501 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Congratulations, Graduates!

The 30th Anniversary Graduation Ceremony. From one graduate in 1984 to nearly one thousand degrees and certificates awarded 30 years later, SFCC celebrated the Class of 2014 on Saturday at Santa Fe Indian School. Graduates and the standing-room only crowd appreciated the Commencement Address by Russell Contreras, an Associated Press reporter, who spoke with sincerity, humor and first-hand experience about the value of getting an education. The Student Speaker, Aragon Smith, encouraged the graduates to support others in their pursuits. In honor of the college’s 30th Anniversary, graduates and faculty wore a special medallion to commemorate the occasion. DVDs of the ceremony will be available free at the SFCC Bookstore. Read more in the Santa Fe New Mexican’s story “A change for the better.”

Before Graduation

Please come to the Registrar's Office between April 1 and April 30 to verify your name, degree, major, honors and PTK status for your diploma. Once this information is verified, the cap and gown will be loaned to students by the Student Development Office. Tassels for $4.95 and graduation announcements for $1.35 each may be purchased at the bookstore.  Please remember to iron or steam your gown before the ceremony.

Rehearsal: Rehearsal for the ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the Pueblo Pavilion on Friday, May 16. Please call 505-428-1665 for details. Each graduate should attend the rehearsal. The rehearsal will take approximately one hour.

Graduation Day Saturday May 17

Arrival Time: The line-up for the processional will begin in the Abeyta Gym at 12:30 p.m.  All graduates need to arrive by 12:30 p.m. with cap and gown to prepare for the processional. The graduation ceremony will commence at 2:00 p.m.  Graduates should leave valuables (including purses and bags) at home. There will NOT be a bag or coat check available.

All other participants, including faculty and staff should arrive by 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Indian School’s Abeyta Gym to line up for the procession into the gymnasium at 2:00 p.m. College staff will assist the graduates, faculty, speakers, and staff in the processional line-up.

Ushers are responsible for directing all guests, family members and dignitaries to the designated seating area. Children are welcome at the ceremony. We ask that children be supervised at all times so that everyone may listen and enjoy the proceedings. The use of cell phones is not permitted during the ceremony.

Sign Language Interpreters will be available. If you have guests with disability needs, please arrive early to ensure proper parking and seating.

Additional Graduation Information

Honor Graduates: Honor cords will be given out when you check in at Santa Fe Indian School.  You need to arrive and check in by 12:30 pm.  The proper display of the stole and/or honor cord will be relayed during rehearsal. These honor stoles and cords are on loan to you, and must be returned after the ceremony to the appropriate table located near the front entrance.

Honor stoles, honor cords, and tassels are the only decoration permitted on your cap and gown. Graduates may not carry anything in their hands (including flowers) in the procession.

Picture Taking and Video Taping:  No one should impede the flow of graduates coming on and off the stage. Areas will be designated for family and friends to take photographs once the graduate has exited the stage. Areas for videotaping the ceremony are provided as well.

DVD copies of the graduation ceremony will be available at the SFCC Bookstore 30 days after the ceremony at no cost to graduates. If you have any questions, you can contact the bookstore at 428-1218.

Final Grades: If you believe there may be a problem with your grades that could affect graduation, please contact your instructors as soon as possible.

Parking: Staff will be on hand to assist with parking. Designated handicapped parking spaces are available for those with an official handicapped license plate and tag.

For more information, please contact Kathy Romero, 505-428-1665,

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