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Commencement FAQs

Updated May 11, 2022

Eligibility for Graduation and Commencement

Eligibility for commencement is on the Graduation page.

Please note, conferral of degrees will still be posted on official transcripts 12 to 15 weeks after the end of the semester in which you applied. You can check your unofficial transcripts on InsideBC to see your degree pending status.

If you have at least 30 degree applicable units for your degree it is time to submit your graduation petition to the Admissions & Records office via your BC Student Email address to BCrecords@kccd.edu. We will not accept the petition via any personal email accounts.

The process on submitting the Graduation Petition and seeing if you are eligible for graduation can be found at Graduation Requirements for filing deadline dates and other requirements.

The graduation petition and the RSVP form must both be submitted by April 17th, 2022 in order to be eligible to participate.

No, students that complete their graduation requirements in Fall 2022 and later semesters will be eligible to participate in the 2023 commencement ceremony.

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.

For the 108th Commencement students are required to RSVP for participation in commencement. If you are eligible for commencement, you can complete the RSVP form. The RSVP form will be sent to all eligible students at their BC email address.

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
3.50–3.69 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 2022, we will use the Fall 2021 grades to determine if you qualify for honors at commencement.

RSVP for Commencement

You will see a confirmation page that says, "Thanks! Your response was submitted." This page will also give you the option to pring or save a PDF of your answers.

No, you cannot edit your responses on the RSVP form. You may email BCrecords@kccd.edu with any updates you may have. You will be sent a link to print or download your answers to the RSVP form.

You can email BCrecords@kccd.edu for review of your eligibility for commencement. If you submitted a graduation petition in 2020, 2021, 2022, except for Fall 2022, you should be eligible to participate in commencement.

In order to have graduate names printed in the official Commencement Program, the deadline to make the commencement program is April 17th to ensure physical programs are available at Commencement.

Graduates who submit an RSVP form after April 17th will not have their name appear in the official commencement program. Additionally, graduates may not be able to receive their six free guest passes for Commencement, but Graduates will still be able to walk during the commencement ceremony if they choose too.

Tickets and Guests

Commencement tickets will be mailed out to the graduates on May 2, 2022, to the address submitted on the RSVP form. Email bc_graduation@bakersfieldcollege.edu to substitute names only after your RSVP form has been submitted. Name substitutions may not be accepted after Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Children under the age of one do not need a ticket as it is assumed the child will be sitting on the guardian's lap. All other individuals regardless of age will need a ticket to ensure headcount and safety/fire code precautions within the Memorial Stadium.

At this time, no additional tickets are sold by the College. Graduates may complete the Commencement Guest Ticket Waitlist in hopes of receiving additional tickets. Waitlist form will open after April 17th until April 28th. Additional tickets are given as available and on a first come first serve basis.

Graduates may give their received tickets to other individuals as they deemed by substituting the names of the tickets. Graduates may complete the Commencement Guest Ticket Transfer form. The form will open after April 17th until April 28th.

Graduates may NOT sell commencement guest tickets to other individuals. This is strictly prohibited and violates the student code of conduct. Student violators will be referred to the Office of Student Life for judicial review which may lead to graduates not being able to participate in commencement to suspension.

Yes, at this time the names of the guests and the name of the graduates will be printed on the ticket. Graduates may complete the Commencement Guest Ticket Transfer to change names if needed. The form will open after April 17th until April 28th.

Guests may need to bring IDs that match the ticket holder name on the physical ticket. Graduates may complete the Commencement Guest Ticket Transfer if needed. The form will open after April 17th until April 28th.

Graduation Day Commencement Ceremony

Even with all three graduating classes, we are aiming for the ceremony to conclude within two hours. The ceremony will commence promptly at 7 p.m. Graduates partaking in the ceremony will not be able to exit the field until the full ceremony has been completed.

Since the event is outdoors, individuals do not need to show proof of vaccination. Being vaccinated is still strongly encouraged and the Student Health and Wellness Center will be present at the stadium to vaccinate anyone who may need one.

Unless directed by Public Health, individuals are not required to wear masks. All individuals are encouraged to continue wearing a mask to support the health and well-being of their persons and the campus community. The Student Health and Wellness Center will be present at the stadium to provide masks to anyone who may need one.

YES! This year the 108th BC Commencement will be livestreamed on KGET.com on May 12, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Tune in to the livestream on May 12th beginning at 6:30PM.

Yes, hence, we are adhering to stadium occupancy with guest ticketing.

Only students who have submitted the RSVP form AND show up in person the day of commencement will have their names called live as the graduates traverse the stage. Graduate proxies are not allowed.

Go to the Pre-Commencement webpage for more information.

Photos

Yes, there will be a professional photrapher at commencement and at the Grad Fair to take pictures.

For pictures in your cap and gown at the Grad Fair, you must schedule an appointment.

To schedule an appointment for portraits:

  1. Visit Ultimate Exposures: Schedule a Sitting
  2. Click "Schedule Your Sitting"
  3. Click "Cap and Gown"
  4. Select Bakersfield College and the time and date that works best for you

Caps and Gowns are not provided for the professional picture. Students would need to purchase regalia in order to participate in the professional pictures during the established BC Grad Fair events.

To schedule an appointment for portraits:

  1. Visit Ultimate Exposures: Schedule a Sitting
  2. Click "Schedule Your Sitting"
  3. Click "Cap and Gown"
  4. Select Bakersfield College and the time and date that works best for you

On the day of commencement, we will also have a professional Photographer and the photos are released on Graduation page.

This year graduates do not need to submit graduation pictures. Pictures taken at Grad Fair are for the graduates.

No, you do not have to show proof of vaccination to come for the graduation picture.

Caps, Gowns, Regalia, Rings, and Grad Fair

Graduates may purchase caps and gowns from the Bakersfield College Bookstore. Sales of caps and gowns begins at the annual Grad Fair and continue anytime after in-person or online on the BC Bookstore website.

Bakersfield College Main Campus Dates for 2022:

  • March 29, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • March 30, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • March 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

BC Delano Campus Date for 2022:

  • March 24, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Yes, you may decorate your cap to show pride in your accomplishments. Please keep your decorations tasteful. No foul language allowed. It must meet our Student Conduct Guidelines and be respectful of others. You will not be allowed to participate if your cap violates our community guidelines.

Look at the different meanings on Commencement Traditions.

Visit the BC Bookstore on campus or the Bookstore website to purchase your regalia and other BC memorabilia. For the official BC class ring, email Amanda Sigwing at alsigwing@herffjones.com or visit the Herf Jones website. Promotional information available at the BC Bookstore as well.

The EOPS cap and gown, medals, etc. have been ordered. As long as Graduates order their cap and gown using the link or QR code EOPS emailed on March 9th, EOPS will make sure to connect with you as soon as the caps and gowns are received. The deadline to submit the form is April 1st. BC graduates can purchase HONOR CORDS online from the Office of Student Life.

BC graduates can purchase their HONOR CORDS for $10 from the Office of Student Life located in the new Campus Center Building or purchase HONOR CORDS online.

Knowing that the weather will be warm at the start of the commencement but will get cooler towards the middle to end of the ceremony, it is advised to wear long pants/dress/leggings and bring a light jacket. Also heels or shoes with spikes are not allowed to be worn. It is best to wear COMFORTABLE clothes and shoes as graduates will be standing, walking, and seating for longer periods of time.

Graduates may decorate their cap or tassel to show pride in your accomplishments. Please keep your decorations tasteful. No foul language allowed. It must meet our Student Conduct Guidelines and be respectful of others. You will not be allowed to participate if your cap violates our community guidelines.

Yes, graduates may wear additional official BC commencement regalia which have been given to them through their area of study, program service, or student organization involvement. Graduates will be asked to remove items that are not officially sanctioned by the College.

Diplomas

No, diplomas are mailed to graduates. Attending the commencement ceremony will not affect receipt of your diploma. However, if you attend commencement, you will be given a diploma cover. The covers are not available for purchase. To receive the diploma cover, you must attend commencement.

It is a tradition at BC that graduates who walk in commencement and show up for the event will receive an official BC Diploma cover. Graduates will only receive one diploma cover. Graduates who wish to purchase diploma covers may do so from third party vendors.

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 to 15 weeks after the semester is over.

If you have not received a diploma, do not worry. Diplomas are mailed to graduates after all graduation petitions have been reviewed after the semester is over. Diplomas are not given at the commencement ceremony; you will only receive the diploma cover in which to put your diploma in. If you do not meet graduation requirements, you will be notified via your BC student email address of what requirements are missing. If you do not meet certain requirements, you are advised to meet with a counselor or advisor for next steps to earn your degree.

Other

The Honors celebration will be virtual this year on April 28th at 6:30 p.m. with a drive-thru medal pickup on April 29th from 10 am – 1 pm. For more information, email the BC Foundation Office.

Email us at bcrecords@kccd.edu from your BC student email address.

Please allow 24-48 hours (excluding weekends) for a response to your email.