Graduation at Allan Hancock College

Young woman graduatingCongratulations to the 96th graduating class at Allan Hancock College!

Friday, May 26, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the Commons, located in the heart of the Santa Maria Campus. 

View the livestream at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017. 

The entire ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes. About 2,000 people are expected to join the graduates at the ceremony. 

Information for Graduates

Commencement Rehearsal

The college will host a brief graduation rehearsal the morning of Commencement, Friday, May 26 at 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. in the gymnasium in building N, “Grad Central.”  You will receive brief instructions and participate in a quick walk-through of the ceremony. Breakfast goodies will be provided.


Commencement is on Friday, May 26, at 1:00 p.m., on “The Commons,” behind the Student Center, building G.  Graduates will meet in Grad Central (Gym, building N), at noon to line up for the processional. Please arrive no later than noon in your cap and gown.  There are no lockers to store personal belongings; therefore, please make arrangements for their safekeeping during graduation.  The entire ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes. Please respect your fellow graduates and the audience by remaining seated throughout the ceremony, except when called to the podium. 


At the ceremony, you will receive your diploma holder. Your diploma will be mailed early September.  If your mailing address changes, please notify the Admissions & Records office at (805) 922-6966 ext. 3281.  


Students are responsible for obtaining their own caps and gowns.  Caps and gowns are required for commencement participation. They will be on sale (along with other graduation memorabilia) the first week of May up through the day of Commencement at the Allan Hancock College bookstore. Listed are a few prices: Cap & Gown w/ Black tassel $34.00; Cap & Gown w/ Gold Tassel is $34.00; Cap & XL/XXL Gown w/ Black tassel is $34.00; and Cap & XL/XXL Gown w/ Gold tassel is $34.00. The cap and gown are yours to keep or pass on to a relative or friend.  If you have a grade point average of 3.5 or above for all course work completed from all colleges attended through the fall semester 2016, you are entitled to wear a gold tassel on your cap.  The Admissions and Records office will provide verification of your grade point average to the bookstore. See student price list.  

Decorate Your Grad Cap – WIN A PRIZE

Decorate your grad cap for graduation and win a prize! The college will be holding a graduation cap decorating contest. Just decorate your cap, post a photo on social media BEFORE May 27 and tag the photo with #AHCGrad2017 and @AllanHancockCollege. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative, the most AHC pride, and the best inspirational quote! May the best cap win!

Special Seating Due to Disability

Graduating students who may need special seating due to a disability will need to contact Kathy Lester in the Admissions and Records office (805) 922-6966 ext. 3513 or no later than Wednesday, May 24, 2017. If you need special seating arrangements for your guests because of a disability (i.e. wheelchair, etc.), a reserved seating area will be available for disabled guests. Your guests must be seated by 12:50 p.m. or their reserved seating will be opened to the general public.  

ASL Interpreters

The ceremony will be interpreted in ASL.

Graduate Photos by Lifetouch Photography

Lifetouch Photography will be photographing diploma presentations to graduates during the commencement ceremony. Graduates participating in commencement will be able to view their photos online at Photos will be available to view and purchase as of May 31, 2017 to August 31, 2017. Use the following password to access the event on the website: ahcgrad2017  

Questions about the photos should be directed to Lifetouch Photography at (866) 955-8342.

Graduating Veterans

Student Veterans of America is awarding you with a graduation “Sash” to wear at graduation. If interested please contact Josh Bachrach, President, Student Veterans of America AHC Chapter (435) 219-1940 by Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Additional Questions?  For graduation information please call (805) 922-6966 ext. 3248.


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Last Modified May 25, 2017