Cogswell College Commencement

The 2017 Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 13

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:00 am
at the Santa Clara Convention Center Theater

If you plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony you should indicate so on the Application for Graduation, which is collected by the Registrar's Office. Please complete and submit the Application for Graduation by the March 3, 2017 deadline.

If you have questions about your Graduation Application or your remaining units, please contact the Registrar, David Noriega ( or 408-498-5110). For questions about the ceremony, please contact Brittany Bogle, Dean of Students at or 408-498-5137.


Commencement rehearsal will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, at 6 pm at Cogswell College. This rehearsal is mandatory for all graduating seniors planning to attend the Commencement ceremony.

Commencement Tickets & Invitations

Graduates will be informed of the number of tickets they may request following the March 3rd Graduation Application deadline. Personalized graduation stationary and invitations can be ordered directly from the Jostens website at


Cogswell recognizes that some of our graduates may have family traveling from out of town to attend the ceremony.  We have worked with the Hilton Santa Clara to reserve several rooms for Cogswell graduates and their families.  We have a limited number of these rooms available.  If you wish to reserve a room, you can call reservations at 800 HILTONS and book using the group code COGS, or, you can book by using the group booking website.

Caps and Gowns

Caps and Gowns will be available for pick up at the mandatory rehearsal on Friday, May 5, 2017. You will collect your cap and gown when you check-in for your senior portrait.


Senior portraits are scheduled for Friday, May 5, 2017, 2017 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. If you are out of town and cannot attend the portrait session on the 5th, there will be a limited number of appointments available the morning of the Commencement Ceremony. An email will be sent to the email listed on your Graduation Application with instructions for scheduling a portrait appointment. In addition to senior portraits, the photographer will take photos of each graduate as they receive their diploma, followed by a group photograph at the conclusion of the ceremony. Photos may be ordered at the graduate's expense directly from the photographer.

What to wear: You will be photographed in a cap and gown (provided at the portrait session) as well as in an outfit of your choice. This is the perfect opportunity to take a professional head shot for your LinkedIn profile. Suggested wear for ladies is a tasteful dress or nice blouse with slacks or skirt. Suggested wear for gentlemen is a dress shirt and tie, jacket and tie optional.

Class Rings

Cogswell College class rings may be ordered directly through Jostens. The toll free phone number to order a class ring is: 800-488-2173. Please visit the Jostens web site ( for more details.

If you have questions, contact:

Brittany Bogle, Dean of Students