Bakersfield College

Commencement

Commencement

109th Commencement

May 12, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Stadium

Students

For details on applying for graduation, eligibility, requirements, guest tickets, and registering to participate, see Graduation.

Day of Commencement

  • Students must check-in at 5:00 p.m..
  • Wear flat shoes. High heels/spiked shoes are not allowed due to safety concerns. If you do wear high heels or spiked shoes you will not be allowed to participate.
  • At check-in, you will receive your name card and will be asked to take a photo for facial recognition. This card is important and cannot be replaced.
  • Once you receive your name card, you will need to verify your name as you would like it read aloud loud.
  • Next, you will go stand in line for the student processional, which will begin around 6:30 p.m.
  • Once graduates have entered the check-in area, they will not be able to leave.
  • All graduates must remain seated during the commencement ceremony.

Attire

The traditional black cap and gown with the BC College Stole and Tassel is required to participate. Clothing under the gown should be business casual. For your safety, do not wear shoes with heels and/or spikes. If found wearing shoes with heels and/or spikes, you will be asked to remove them, or you will not be able to participate in the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony, BCSGA will be collecting any regalia items you wish to donate to aide graduating renegades in future commencements.

ADA Accommodations

If you requested an ADA accommodation in your RSVP form, DSPS will be in touch with you.

We want this event to be fun and encourage you to bring beachballs and noisemakers to play with in your seats. While it is customary for graduates to enjoy and celebrate with their peers, Graduates must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct and maintain professionalism. As a reminder, leave these items at home:

Prohibited Items
  • alcohol/drugs/tobacco (including e-cigarettes)
  • outside food/bottles and cans (clear water bottles allowed)
  • camera tripods/selfie sticks
  • firearms/weapons/fireworks

Guests

Watching your graduate take this step toward their future is a memorable one. Please follow these tips for making this ceremony a pleasant and special experience for everyone.

  • Guests must have tickets in hand to be allowed into the Memorial Stadium
  • Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony will begin promptly at 7 p.m.
  • Seats are first-come, first-served; saving seats will not be allowed, please assemble your party before entering the stadium.
  • Arrive early and be in your seat 10 minutes prior to the start time of the ceremony.
  • Please remain seated throughout the ceremony.
  • Be respectful of fellow guests around you.
  • Guests are not permitted on or in the front of the stage to take photographs or video.
  • For the safety of your pets and all guests, please leave your pets at home. Only service animals are permitted on campus during commencement.
  • During the ceremony, medical personnel will be present.
  • Noisemakers and beachballs to play with in the stands are encouraged. please leave these items at home:
    • alcohol/drugs/tobacco (including e-cigarettes)
    • outside food/bottles and cans (clear water bottles allowed)
    • camera tripods/selfie sticks
    • firearms/weapons/fireworks
  • Coordinate a place and time to meet your graduate after the ceremony that does not inhibit the flow of guests at venue entrances/exits.

If you have special needs or concerns, please call the Admissions and Records Office at (661) 395-4301. Note: Disabled parking and seating is available at the stadium. Carts will be available in the parking lot for those who need assistance.

Commencement Tips

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Weather Tip

Commencement Day activities may involve prolonged exposure to the sun. Sunscreen, bottled water and hats are recommended.

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Tobacco-free campus

Bakersfield College and all of its grounds and facilities are tobacco-free. Please plan accordingly.


Parking

Parking during the commencement event is free in the student parking lots around Memorial Stadium. Carts will be available in the parking lot for those who need assistance.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited and possession of these items can result in your removal from the stadium.

  • alcohol/drugs/tobacco (including e-cigarettes)
  • outside food/bottles and cans (clear water botlles allowed)
  • camera tripods/selfie sticks
  • firearms/weapons/fireworks
  • Pets (only service animals permitted)

Graduation with Honors

Students who have completed at least 60 units in degree applicable letter graded courses, have taken at least 12 of those units at Bakersfield College, and who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher are eligible for graduation with honors.

If your degree has been posted, the honors designation will appear on the diploma and transcript as follows:

Grade Point Average Honor Designation
3.50–3.69 Cum laude
3.70–3.89 Magna cum laude
3.90–4.00 Summa cum laude

If your degree is pending for Spring or Summer, we will use the Fall grades to determine if you qualify for honors at commencement.