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Congratulations to the 2015-16 graduating class of
Allan Hancock College! 

Members of the 95th graduating class of Allan Hancock College will celebrate commencement Friday, May 27, 2016, at 1 p.m. on The Commons, located in the heart of the Santa Maria campus between buildings F and L. About 2,000 people are expected to join the graduates at the ceremony.

The college will host a graduation rehearsal the morning of Commencement. Students should report to Grad Central (the gymnasium in building N) at 10 a.m. to participate in a brief run-through. Food will be provided.

Students who are participating in the ceremony must report to Grad Central by noon dressed in their caps and gowns.


If you are unable to attend graduation, you may view the livestream starting at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Information for Graduates

Special Seating Due to Disability

Graduating students who may need special seating due to a disability will need to contact Pam Wood in the Admissions and Records office (805) 922-6966 ext. 3281 or no later than Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

AHC Bookstore Grad Fair May 11 

The AHC Bookstore is excited to announce our upcoming  Grad Fair on Wednesday May 11th!  Students come get your cap and gown early! This event will be occurring at both the Santa Maria and Lompoc bookstores. Students and faculty can arrive at any time during store hours: 

  • Santa Maria Campus: 7:45 a.m. - 6:45 p.m.
  • Lompoc Valley Center: 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.   

Students purchasing their caps and gowns will need to provide an ID for us to verify with our current list of AHC graduates. 

As a thank you for coming to Grad Fair on May 11th, all students and faculty who purchase regalia, will receive a coupon for 25% OFF a single gift or clothing item (at regular price) at the bookstore for future purchase. Discount cannot  be used towards graduation products.

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, 2016 to September 30, 2016. Use the following password to access the event on the website: AHCGRAD2016.

Questions about the photos should be directed to Lifetouch Photography at (805) 614-6888.

Graduating Veterans

Student Veterans of America is awarding you with a graduation “Sash” to wear at graduation. For more information please contact Josh Mueller, President, Student Veterans of America AHC Chapter (805)315-4897.

AHC Faculty Regalia

Attention Faculty:  If you plan to participate in Commencement and do not already have your own regalia, then please fill out the order form here and submit to the bookstore no later than April 21. Orders placed after that date will incur late fees. Please contact the Allan Hancock College Bookstore if you have any questions.

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

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