Students must file for graduation. To file for graduation, follow these steps:
NOTE: A student completing their final coursework in the summer, but who would like to participate in the once a year May commencement ceremony, should file for summer graduation beginning April 7 to May 1.
Students who complete their degree requirements during the fall, summer or spring prior to the ceremony or who will complete them in the following summer, are eligible to participate. When you file for Graduation, you will receive notification about commencement.
No, diplomas are mailed to graduates. Attending the commencement ceremony will not affect receipt of your diploma.
Diplomas are mailed to graduates approximately twelve (12) weeks after the semester is over in which the student applied to earn their degree. Example, if you applied to earn your degree in Spring, your diploma will be mailed out 12 weeks after the semester is over.
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.
The honors designation will appear on the diploma and transcript as follows:
|Grade Point Average||Honor Designation|
|3.70–3.89||Magna cum laude|
|3.90–4.00||Summa cum laude|
Records Office personnel will issue a gold tassel to the honor students at the cafeteria check-in area. A cumulative GPA of 3.50 after Fall 2017 is required to graduate with honors. (This does not include courses in-progress for the Spring 2018 semester). A $10.00 Cash deposit will be required at check-in for a gold cord. The money will be refunded upon return of the cord to the Office of Admissions and Records by May 30.
Graduates may purchase caps and gowns from the Bakersfield College Bookstore beginning April 17 or borrow them from our loaner program beginning April 30.
Yes, you may decorate your cap to show pride in your accomplishments. Please keep your decorations tasteful and respectful of others. No foul language allowed.
Look at the different meanings on Commencement Traditions.
Free parking is available in the student lots at Memorial Stadium.
The commencement photographer will be at Grad Fair, April 9 and 10 to take pictures of you in your cap and gown. To schedule an appointment for portraits:
Be prepared to have your picture taken after President Christian hands you your diploma cover, by moving next to her, and facing the photographer. There is no time for posing.
Memorial Stadium is located on the Mt. Vernon side of the Panorama Campus. The address for Panorama Campus is 1801 Panorama Drive. From Highway 58, exit Mt. Vernon Ave and drive north. The Stadium and parking will be on the left near University Ave. Entrances for the parking lot can be found on University and Mt. Vernon with closest access at Christmas Tree Lane and across from Kern Schools Federal Credit Union. Directions for Memorial Stadium from Google Maps.
Students who file for graduation will receive an email prior to Commencement with details of where to go and what time on the day of Commencement.
Parking the day of Commencement is free. Graduates and guests may park in any of the student parking located on campus. There is ample parking in the student lots around Memorial Stadium.
The following items are prohibited and possession of these items can result in your removal from the stadium.
Commencement Day activities may involve prolonged exposure to the sun. Sunscreen, bottled water and hats are recommended.
Bakersfield College and all of its grounds and facilities are tobacco-free. Please plan accordingly.