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Special Commencement Tribute for the Class of 2020

2020 Commencement Ceremony

Our 106th Commencement was not held in our traditional method due to the COVID-19 pandemic during spring and summer of 2020. Due to the shelter-in-place order, social distancing restrictions on large gatherings mandated by California, and an abundance of caution on our part to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, we were unable to hold the traditional commencement ceremony in Memorial Stadium. Despite circumstance, Bakersfield College celebrated the class of 2020 with a Special Televised Commencement Tribute. On July 11, 2020 on KGET, Telemundo and steaming on Facebook, every graduate who chose to participate was honored with their photo and name read by BC faculty, staff, and administrators.

Special Commencement Tribute for the Class of 2020

2020 Graduates

Graduates, we are incredibly proud of what you have accomplished this year despite all the obstacles and enjoyed celebrating your achievements. All 2020 BC graduates are welcome to participate in the in-person commencement with the Class of 2021 when restrictions for large gatherings are lifted. See the Commencement page for information regarding how to participate in March 2021.

Painting the Town Red

In addition to the televised event, we handed out yard signs and distributed spirit flags through the Office of Student Life. Several businesses around Bakersfield hung large banners to celebrate for the entire week.

Sonya holding 2 We Are BC flags in front of the BC hedge.
Nicky Damania holds out We Are BC flag attached to a car.

Commencement Videos

Prof. John Gerhold sings
The National Anthem:

Opening remarks from
President Sonya Christian:

Remarks from
KCCD Chancellor Tom Burke

There's a pathway
for everyone

Remarks from
Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Remarks from
BCSGA President Samantha Pulido

Samuel W McCall
Outstanding Faculty -Olivia Garcia:

Program Spotlight -
Industrial Automation:

2020 Graduates - 
Baccalaureate Degree Recipients:

Remarks from
Congressman TJ Cox:

Program Spotlight -
Health Sciences:

2020 Graduates -
Part 1:

Remarks from
Mayor Karen Goh:

2020 Graduates - 
Part 2:

Program Spotlight -
Public Safety:

2020 Graduates -
Part 3:

Remarks from
State Senator Shannon Grove:

2020 Graduates-
Part 4:

Spotlight -
Corny Rodriguez Retirement:

Spotlight -
Sandi Taylor Retirement:

2020 Graduates -
Part 5:

Remarks from
Assembly Member Rudy Salas:

2020 Graduates -
Part 6:

Spotlight -
Early College:

Remarks from
Assembly Member Vince Fong:

2020 Graduates -
Early College:

Conferral
of Degrees:

Closing Remarks from
President Sonya Christian

Photos

We are BC; Congrats BC Graduates in multiple locations in our rural communities.
We are BC; Congratulations Class of 2020 sign in front of beautiful flowers.
We are BC; Congratulations Class of 2020 sign in front of house with golf cart parked nearby.
We are BC; Congratulations Class of 2020 sign on the side of parking garage at Adventist Health.
We are BC; Congratulations Class of 2020 sign in front of Kern County Adminsistrative Building.
People with masks waving We are BC flags from top of building with We are BC; Congratulations Class of 2020 sign hanging.

Early College Celebration

On July 7, 2020, we celebrated our Early College Graduates from Wonderful College Prep Academy and Wasco High School with a virtual ceremony. Please enjoy the videos below.

Videos

Opening Remarks from
President Sonya Christian:

Remarks from
Senator Emeritus Jean Fuller:

Remarks from
KCCD Trustee Romeo Agbalog:

Remarks from
Abel Guzman:

Remarks from
Elysa Vargas

Remarks from
Emily Phelps

WCPA Student Speaker
Logan Stout

Wasco Principal
Kevin Tallon

Remarks from
David Abernathy

Wasco High School Speaker
Nancy Gutierrez

2020 Early College Graduates

Fireworks

Kern Community College District