Graduation 2020

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Graduation is an exciting time for every student. The hard work, commitment, time, and effort they put into their degree program at San Diego Christian College culminates with graduation announcements, events, and a celebratory ceremony as they walk across the stage in front of their friends and family.

After the 2020 commencement ceremony postponement due to COVID-19, the leadership at San Diego Christian College is pleased to announce the 2020 Commencement Ceremony dates. Please check back for details.

Who: 2019 Fall and 2020 Spring Graduates
What: 2020 Commencement Ceremony
When: December 5, 2020 at 10:00 am
Where: Shadow Mountain Community Church

Click here to watch the graduation on the SDCC YouTube Channel

Please know: This event is planned to be inside. All COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed including health screenings, temperature checks, wearing of face coverings, physical distancing, and a limited capacity.


Why was the Spring 2020 commencement postponed?
Due to the unprecedented global COVID-19 pandemic preventing large crowds from gathering safely, and knowing that families needed to understand how to handle travel arrangements, SDCC announced on March 20 that the Spring 2020 Commencement would be postponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Providing our students and their families with an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous accomplishment of earning a degree is one of the most important things we do. 

Has a new date been determined for the Spring 2020 commencement?
Yes. The ceremony will be held on December 5, 2020, 10:00 AM at Shadow Mountain Community Church. 

Who will be our commencement speaker?
This year we are excited to have retired Navy SEAL Senior Chief Kyle Buckett, who has a Bronze Star with a V device for valor, as our distinguished guest. Kyle is a founder and managing partner of Fortis Partners, and the former CEO of the non-profit One More Wave. He has been featured on the NBC TODAY Show for his work with his non-profit, and was interviewed recently on the television show 60 Minutes discussing some of the recent challenges facing the Navy SEALs. 

Is there a chance that graduation will be canceled again if the state of California enacts new preventive gathering measures?
No. While there is still much uncertainty about what the next few months bring regarding the pandemic, and we cannot be certain of everything, SDCC is confident graduation will be taking place. The one uncertainty that remains to be determined is if this will be an outside or inside ceremony. 

Do I need to bring my graduation gown and cap?
Yes. This summer SDCC shipped all the graduates their cap and gown. We wanted every graduate to know we were thinking of them and were sad we could not share in the typical commencement ceremony as has been a college tradition for the past 49 years.

However, the time has come for us to gather and celebrate your impressive accomplishments.  You will need your cap and gown to do this, so be sure to bring them. 

If I am supposed to graduate this Fall, can I walk in the December commencement ceremonies?
No. This is a special event for graduates impacted by the cancellation of this past May’s graduation cancelation. 


I have more questions; who can I ask?
For answers to other questions, you may have, email


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Commencement Speaker: Senior Chief Kyle Buckett

Senior Chief Kyle Buckett is a retired Navy SEAL; Founder and Managing Partner of FortisN Partners, and the former CEO of the non-profit One More Wave; as well as holding several board member positions for other companies and charities.

• Completed Hundreds of Direct-Action Missions

• Joint Service Commendation Medal

• Bronze Star with a V device for valor for heroic action under fire in Afghanistan

• Meritorious Service Medal

• Letter of Commendation from Congressman Dan Crenshaw

• Letter of Appreciation from the President of The United States

Kyle joined the Navy in 1999 and although most of his career was spent in the middle east, he has been deployed to over 20 different countries and served with five separate SEAL teams. Conducting everything from single man operations, to leading an 800-man clearance operation through southern Afghanistan. Kyle had the unique opportunity to be one of the few senior enlisted leaders with Ground Force Commander experience in multiple theaters of armed conflict and has developed his own leadership style that has improved high performing teams in a variety of industries.

In 2010-2012, Kyle was tasked with Village Stability Operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. During the 10-month deployment, his unit was responsible for the successful expansion of civil and governing, carrying out an Unconventional Warfare Campaign Kyle and his team successfully transition and retrograde their site after:

· Provided a regional supply of water for home use, irrigation, and industry.

· Increased the local police force by 10x;

· Increased the local governance to a regional level through key leader engagements.

· During this deployment Kyle had the rare opportunity to continue conducting operations as an enlisted Ground Force Commander, a position seldom held by enlisted men.

· Most importantly all the men under his charge returned home safely.

The last couple of years of his service was spent at SEAL Training commands, where he has had the opportunity to become the Senior Enlisted Leader for Detachment Coronado – Advanced Training Command. In this role Kyle assisted in overseeing all the Navy SEAL advance training on the West coast.

Kyle had the opportunity to lead 237 personnel responsible for 94 courses with an annual student throughput of 2,740 Joint Special Operations Forces. He oversaw an annual budget of $110 Million.

Over the years Kyle has been instrumental in the business development of numerous Navy SEAL founded small businesses, both for profit and nonprofit. In fact, in 2014, one of his fellow teammates was shot numerous times in the leg, resulting in a high leg amputation. A serial entrepreneur, Kyle knew that he had to do something. Upon returning from deployment, Kyle connected with the founders of One More Wave and joined their team.

By the end of this year One More Wave will have directly impacted over 500 veterans’ lives, with family and friends reaching in the thousands.

Senior Chief Buckett was named one of Starbucks 2017 “UpStanders” for his courage to make a difference. It is Kyle’s hope to decrease the daily veteran suicide rate of 22, through One More Wave’s mission and the other charities he supports.

The SEAL Teams have been his career, his life, and his family. Kyle is forever grateful for all of the opportunities the NAVY has given him and is looking forward to the next chapter. In 2018, Kyle decided he was ready to transition careers and spend time in America with his children and wife.

It is Kyle’s dream and passion to invest in tomorrow, technology, and his network through FortisN Partners: a Venture Capital firm dedicated to reducing clinical trial timelines and speeding up science.

Simultaneously, he is currently writing a book on what businesses and teams can learn about organization culture from the Navy SEALs. Kyle also produces a podcast called “Culture Force.”