Bakersfield College

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Pre-Commencement Ceremonies

Bakersfield College has many programs and cohorts that have ceremonies in addition to the grand Commencement Ceremony. Some of these ceremonies happen on the same day as Commencement and others are held prior to the day of Commencement. While the main Commencement is open to the public, many of the following ceremonies are invitation only. Contact your cohort or program for ticket or invitation information.

The 2019 Pre-Commencement Celebrations will be held at the Convention Center in downtown Bakersfield. For directions and maps, visit Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center.


African American Pre-Commencement Celebration

  • Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Convention Center - Truxtun Room
  • More Information:

Delano Pre-Commencement Celebration

  • Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: DST (Delano Science & Technology) Building

Industrial Automation Baccalaureate Degree
Pre-Commencement Celebration

  • Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Convention Center - Potato Room
  • More Information:
    • This event is invitation only.

Lavender (LGBTIQA+) Pre-Commencement Celebration

  • Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Convention Center - Caliente Room
  • More Information:
    • Annual Pre-Commencement Celebration to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, & ally students.
    • For more information, visit Lavender Pre-Commencement Ceremony.

Veterans Pre-Commencement Celebration