The Commencement Team is excited to invite the 2019 valedictorians and salutatorians to the CCC Production Studio for a photo shoot and video interview, followed by a luncheon at Sikia on April 5 for a day that will make you feel like a VIP!
Please RSVP for VIP Day by Friday, March 22. Below are important details and information to help you prepare for this special day.
Valedictorians and salutatorians will be treated to a photo shoot with a professional photographer, as well as a video interview with the CCC Production Team.
Your photos will be promoted on social media, the CCC website, and across your respective college’s digital screens. Participating students will receive keepsake pictures 3–4 weeks after Commencement.
Video interviews of graduates will be used to create a video that introduces the 2019 valedictorians and salutatorians on social media and the CCC website. A video that collectively highlights the 2019 valedictorians will also be produced and shown during both commencement ceremonies on May 4.
When & Where
Please arrive at the CCC Production Studio on April 5 by 8:45AM. The shoot will take place from 9:00AM to 12:00PM at Kennedy-King College. A light continental breakfast will be provided.
If you are driving to Kennedy-King, there is free street parking along Union Avenue and a student parking lot on the west side of Halsted. For anyone taking public transit, the Halsted green line stop is directly next to campus.
The CCC Production Studio is in the U-Building, which is located on the northeast corner of 63rd and Halsted. You must enter through the front door of the building on 63rd Street. Ask Security where the CCC Production Studio is and they will direct you accordingly. The entrance to the studio will be marked.
You don’t have to go full suit and tie, but a nice shirt/blouse, sweater, or polo shirt is recommended. Wearing layers is also encouraged. Consider pairing a dress or button-up shirt with a nice cardigan or blazer. If you would like to bring one additional outfit, the CCC Production Studio has rooms available that can be used for wardrobe changes.
- Minimal jewelry and/or accessories
- Comfortable shoes
- Solid colors except for white or extremely light colors
- Blouses and shirts with at least elbow-length sleeves
Please avoid wearing:
- Stripes, checks, or small intricate designs/patterns
- Turtlenecks and/or very bulky clothing
- Winter or rain boots
- High heels
- Flashy jewelry and/or accessories
- Jewelry that moves freely, makes noise or could hit a microphone
- Dangly earrings
- Clothing with visible logos, companies, or brands
- Clothing that is solid/has large areas of white or extremely light colors
- Shorts or mini skirts
- T-shirts unless for layering purposes
Please keep in mind that you may be asked to do a couple of action shots such as jumping in celebration or tossing a grad cap in the air. Graduation garb such as gowns, caps, and tassels will be provided at the shoot.
Once the studio shoot finishes at noon, valedictorians and salutatorians will be escorted to Sikia—Kennedy-King’s on-campus, student-run dining establishment—and treated to a luncheon with Chancellor Salgado and senior leadership from each City College.
Valedictorians and salutatorians will be invited to share their CCC experience while enjoying a delicious meal prepared and served by students from the Washburne Culinary & Hospitality Institute.
Each graduate is permitted to bring one (1) guest with them to Sikia. It is recommended that your guest meet you at the luncheon after the studio shoot. Sikia is located in the same building as the CCC Production Studio.
Served to All Guests
*Boston Lettuce Avocado Salad
Scallions and Cilantro
Lime and grainy mustard vinaigrette
Grilled Mignonettes of Beef Tenderloin
Anna Potatoes, French green beans
Fried shallots, Sherry vinegar sauce
Eggplant and Mozzarella Napoleon
Grilled tomato, balsamic reduction, and basil
*can be made vegan by requesting no mozzarella
Served to All Guests
White Chocolate Bread Pudding
Caramelized Banana, Rum Sauce
*Fresh Fruit Plate