Bakersfield College

Chicano/Latino Pre-Commencement Celebration

Mark your calendars!  May 12, 2017 from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Celebrate this noteworthy accomplishment of your friend or family member by participating in the 6-hour celebration starting with the 23rd Annual Chicano/Latino Pre-Commencement Celebration at the outdoor theater, followed by light food and refreshments with music at Memorial Stadium as your loved one gets robed for the 105th Bakersfield College Commencement which starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.

The purpose of this annual tradition is to encourage Chicano/Latino students to participate in celebrations that provides a cultural, bilingual and celebratory atmosphere for family and friends as they honor the achievements of their graduates and transfer students. The celebration gives our students an opportunity to acknowledge those who have been supportive of their educational endeavors. Finally, the celebration serves as an example for the younger generation and community that they, too, can achieve a college education.

“Over the years, the commencement celebration has provided inspiration, consejos (advice), folklorico dancers, mariachis, symbolic sarapes y mas; it’s always centered around building a sense of orgullo (pride) and cultura (culture) for our Chicano/Latino students who wanted to mark this important milestone in a cultural way, surrounded by their familia and amigos,” said Corny Rodriguez, founder of the commencement celebration and Bakersfield College Dean of Instruction. “In their thank-you messages to families and loved ones, students share stories of overcoming adversity and realizing success, and they speak about their personal moments in English, Spanish, sometimes both, given their diverse family backgrounds. It’s very touching.”

2017 Bakersfield College Commencement and Chicano/Latino Pre- Commencement Celebration

  • Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
  • Time:3:30 pm – 9:00 pm;
    3:30 p.m. – Chicano/Latino Pre-Commencement Celebration at the BC Outdoor Theater
    6:00 p.m. – Pre-Commencement Entertainment at the Memorial Stadium
    7:00 p.m. – Bakersfield College Commencement at the Memorial Stadium
  • Where: Bakersfield College Outdoor Theater

Bakersfield College President Dr. Sonya Christian will welcome and recognize the students, and a number of faculty and staff are expected to join in the celebration. The keynote speaker will be Christina Lopez, a local TV journalist with roots in the Central Valley.

To participate in next year's Chicano/Latino Commencement:

  • Complete the application and return it, along with your $10.00 fee (Includes sash/sarape), to Shauna Turner in the Office of Student Equity and Success (Administration Building Room 17).
  • You also can complete your application and pay the fee by using Eventbrite. Search for: 23rd annual Chicano/Latino Pre-Commencement Celebration at Bakersfield College. Please note, the website does have a small processing fee.
  • Please confirm your participation no later than May 5, 2017 by noon.
  • Prepare a 30 seconds acknowledgement (a small thank you) recognizing those who have contributed to your accomplishment and achievements.


If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Shauna Turner at 661-395-4709.

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