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Bakersfield College

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Commencement Day

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.

  • Doors will open 1 hour prior to the ceremony.
  • 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.
  • Bakersfield College is a tobacco-free campus is tobacco-free. Please plan accordingly.
  • 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.
  • 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) 395-4306. Note: Handicap parking and seating is available at the stadium. Carts will be available in the parking lot for those who need assistance.


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.

  • air horns/noisemakers
  • alcohol/drugs
  • balloons
  • bottles and cans
  • camera tripods
  • firearms/weapons
  • fireworks
  • outside food
  • selfie sticks
  • strollers
  • tobacco (including e-cigarettes)
  • umbrellas

106th Bakersfield College Commencement

Postponed until further notice.

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.