Information for Graduates, Class of 2015


MAY 22, 6 p.m.


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A Message from Cypress College’s
President Dr. Bob Simpson

Cypress College is a place where very special things happen. Graduation is the pinnacle of achievement for our college community and represents our most special activity. It is my honor to salute your success as a member of the Class of 2015. Each of you has completed this portion of your educational journey marked with sacrifices, academic and personal growth, and ultimately, excellence. UCLA Coach John Wooden, who is known for The Pyramid of Success, said: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable.” I believe that the most special aspect of Cypress College is that each of you — our students — illustrate such success by demonstrating what is possible through your achievement in the classroom. You accepted the challenge to sacrifice, and to do the necessary work, while maintaining balance in your lives, whether you were able to pursue your studies full-time or took a longer route by combining work and family responsibilities. As you consider all the opportunities that are opening up to you, do not forget that — even during these difficult economic times — you excelled in your commitment and persistence, and it was your determination that led to the achievement of your goals and dreams. I sincerely believe that you are now equipped to build upon this foundation, to go out into the world, to accept any challenge and do whatever is necessary to achieve your continuing dreams. On May 22, as you approach the stage to accept your degree, you can have peace of mind that you have rightfully earned the respect of your family, friends, colleagues, and the community. Like you, I am a product of California’s system of public education, to which I owe a debt of gratitude and give credit for the success I have had in my life. It is important to remember that what now distinguishes you is the effort you have made and your commitment to your future. Being faithful to that vision will continue to guide your path. It is truly an honor for me to once again congratulate you on your

Commencement 2015

The Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 22, 2015. The ceremony will be held in the front of the college in Gateway Plaza.

Schedule of events
5:00 p.m. Gathering in the theater
6:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony begins

Reception – immediately following ceremony

The ceremony will feature faculty, special guests, and various speakers

Please plan to attend a reception for graduates, family and friends, as well as faculty and staff, immediately after the ceremony. Refreshments will be served compliments of the Associated Students.


Caps and Gowns are required for the ceremony.

The commencement caps and gowns will be available for distribution at the Student Activities Center, located south of the pond in the center of campus, on the following dates and times:

11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

NOTE: You will be purchasing your cap & gown for $25 at the campus Bookstore. Checks, money orders, cash, and credit cards (Visa and/or Mastercard only) are accepted. A purchase/pick-up card was enclosed in a mailer sent to graduates’ homes; please take this card with you to the campus Bookstore for payment, then come to the Student Activities Center for pick-up

Please be dressed in your cap and gown by 5:00 p.m. DO NOT BRING A HANDBAG or BACKPACK! (There is no one to watch your personal items. You can leave them with a family member.) You will be given final instructions for the line-up at that time, and you will be handed a 3 x 5 card to print your name on. As you walk toward the stage, you will hand the card to the reader so your name can be announced, and then you will be presented with your diploma cover.

No Assigned Seats
There is no assigned seating for students taking part in commencement. You’ll be able to sit next to special friends who are graduating with you.


Your family and friends are welcome at Commencement 2015. There is no limit to the number of guests you may invite. Your guests should park in lots 1 and 9 (easiest access to the Commencement Ceremony). The ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. It will last approximately 1.5 hours. Food will be sold, flowers, balloons, graduation memorabilia, etc., will be available for purchase before and after the ceremony (under the tent). Please show respect for the graduates – no bullhorns please.


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Order forms are available in the Bookstore:
Monday – Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Generic Graduation Announcements are available for purchase in the Bookstore.


You will not receive your actual diploma on commencement evening. Instead, you will receive your diploma cover as you cross the stage. The Admissions and Records Office will send you your diploma after verification that all requirements have been met.


Audience members are requested to remain seated during the ceremony.

Photographs can be taken in the plaza after the ceremony. Students will have their photos taken as they graduate by a professional photographer from Grad Images. Cypress College President, Bob Simpson, will also be available for photos with students after the ceremony.

Proofs of photos will be sent to students soon after graduation. Promotional photos taken by college staff will be posted on the Web at

For information on caps and gowns, and the graduation ceremony contact Student Activities Center @ 714-484-7199
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
For all other information regarding graduation requirements, etc., contact the Admissions & Records Office at 714-484-7433

North Orange County Community College District
Board of Trustees:
Jeffrey P. Brown
Barbara Dunsheath
Leonard Lahtinen
Molly McClanahan
Donna Miller
M. Tony Ontiveros
Jacueline Rodarte
Student Trustee, Cypress College
Student Trustee, Fullerton College
Fred Williams, CPA, Interim Chancellor
Dr. Bob Simpson, President, Cypress College
The North Orange County Community College District, in compliance with all applicable Federal and State laws, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, religion, disability, sex, or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures, or practices. The District is also committed to maintaining campuses that are free of harassment, drugs and alcohol. A copy of the District’s full policy on non-discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault treatment and counseling, and maintenance of a drug-free environment is available in the District Human Resources Office.

Spring Break Begins March 30; Classes Resume April 6

Today marks the beginning of spring break at Cypress College. Instruction on the spring semester resumes on Monday, April 6.

Non-instructional areas of the campus are open for service this week, Monday through Thursday. The college is closed on Friday for the spring holiday.

Here are some additional key dates for the rest of term:

  • Monday, April 20 — Coffee with Trustees and the Chancellor, CCCPLX-414, 3-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 26 — Last day to drop classes with a “W”
  • Friday, May 22 — Commencement, Gateway Plaza, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 23 — Last day of the spring semester


Spring Transfer Fair Tuesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The spring Transfer Fair will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.. The event will take place under the piazza between the Cypress College Complex and Theater Arts buildings. Representatives from several universities will be in attendance.

Following the Transfer Fair, three workshops will be presented:

  • Transferring to a UC — 1:30-2:30 p.m., CCCPLX-406
  • Law School, How to Workshop — 1:30-2:30 p.m., CCCPLX-407
  • Next Steps for Transferring to CSUF Workshop — 2-3 p.m., CCCPLX-414

Two area universities are also offering representative appointments:

  • Chapman University — 1-3 p.m. in the Transfer Center
  • Cal Poly Pomona — 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Transfer Center

Please contact the Transfer Center at (714) 484-7129 to schedule an appointment with a university representative. To sign-up for a workshop, visit



Thursday’s Drills Ask Sobering Question: ‘What Would You Do?’


Active shooter drills take place Thursday, February 26 in the morning and evening; will include Cypress Police Department’s input.

What would you do if at this very moment someone walked into your room with a gun? Could you get out? Hide out? Fight back? Consider your specific environment. What are your escape routes? These will vary from room to room on campus and require preparation and awareness.

This semester’s emergency drills ask us to consider just this scenario. Drills will take place on the morning and evening of Thursday, February 26.

Get Ready

Active Shooter How to Respond” pocket card (download or view)

Verify your personal information in myGateway to facilitate emergency notifications

A shooter on campus is a frightening consideration. it requires contemplation and conversation with each of your students. In the days prior to the drills, faculty are asked to review the talking points in the attached document with students in their classes. This is done to raise consciousness about the drill scenario — an active shooter on campus. Managers are also asked to have these conversations in their areas. Again, this should be done prior to the day of the drill.

The drills, both morning and evening, will commence with an announcement to shelter in place. After practicing this response, each classroom and work area will show the video referenced in the drill information materials.

The morning drill will be observed by members of the Cypress Police Department SWAT team and patrol officers, who will be walking the buildings testing doors, observing drill participants, and answering questions.

In addition, from 8 a.m.-noon, the Regional Disaster Response Mobile Unit will be parked in front of the Theater for an open house.

As part of the drill, the College will be testing a new text-notification system. The integrated system includes all employee and student information as pulled from Banner/myGateway. In advance of the drill, everyone is encouraged to verify their contact information in the “personal information” section of myGateway.

As part of the drill, the campus will watch “Shots Fired on Campus.” This resource is produced by the Center for Personal Protection and Safety, a company known as the leader in workplace violence training and active shooter situations. Unlike previous drills, the video can be played on demand, rather than as a tightly timed broadcast.

The video is available in multiple formats:

More information is available on the drill information page at:


First Financial Aid Disbursement on Friday, January 30


The first financial aid disbursement for spring 2015 is on Friday, January 30.

Students are advised to check their myGateway account to verify their eligibility.

The Financial Aid Office calculates the units students are enrolled in on the last day to add classes each semester to determine eligibility for
state and federal financial aid. The last day to add classes each semester is referred to as the “FREEZE DATE” in the Financial Aid Office. This semester’s freeze date is February 9.

Full disbursement information is available at

Campus Closed Through January 2 for Winter Holiday

Happy holidays from Cypress College. Campus photo by student Timothy Leary; snow and ice used under creative commons license from Flickr.
Happy holidays from Cypress College. Campus photo by student Timothy Lowrey; snow and ice used under creative commons license from Flickr.

Cypress College is closed through January 2, 2015 for the annual winter holiday break.

myGateway will remain available other than during its maintenance period of Dec. 25-31.

Posting of grades will resume when the college re-0pens. Grades are due from faculty by January 5, but posting to myGateway requires manual intervention of Admissions and Records staff, so no additions will be added until January 2.

Whatever you celebrate — Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Solstice, or anything else — we hope you enjoy the time with family and friends. We’ll see you in January.

[Updated] myGateway Offline December 25-31


The myGateway portal will be completely offline December 25-31 for necessary maintenance. The system is used for a variety of purposes, including registration, student records, and information sharing.

The outage will allow the IT staff of the North Orange County Community College District the opportunity to conduct needed scheduled work to Banner, myGateway and all of its supporting systems between the current semester and the start of the spring 2015 term.

Waitlist notifications will be suspended from December 20 through January 5, so that waitlisted students are not adversely affected.

The outage also should not negatively impact students seeking fall 2014 grades. Grades not entered into the system prior to the start of the College’s holiday period — the campus is closed December 24-January 1 — will not be available until the campus reopens. Monday, January 5, is the deadline for instructors to submit grades.

NOTE: This article was updated on December 22. The initial down period was anticipated to run December 27, 28, and 29. The other details remain the same.

Scholarship Applications Now Available Online and On Campus


Cypress College’s 2015 scholarship applications are now available both on the campus website and on campus. The deadline to submit scholarship applications is at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — though it is strongly recommended that applicants for the Bernard Osher Scholarship submit that separate application as soon as possible.

The Cypress College Foundation today is releasing two scholarship application forms. The first is for all scholarships administered through the Foundation, with awards generally ranging between $250 and $1,000. These scholarships will be awarded at the college’s annual ceremony, which will take place on May 11, 2015. Most scholarship funds are held until fall enrollment is verified and distributed after the fall drop-date has passed.

The Bernard Osher Scholarship award is made partially based on the date and time that the application is received. It can be submitted at any point in advance of the deadline, however typically all Osher awards are made prior to the Feb. 18 deadline.

Applicants are urged to closely read all instructions carefully. This years application forms incorporate changes from previous years.

The forms can be completed in Adobe Acrobat (though it is not required to do so). All submissions must be made to the Cypress College Financial Aid Office by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. No electronic submissions will be accepted.

Scholarship Applications: