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FAQs

  1. Where and when will the graduation ceremony take place?
  2. Is a reservation required? 
  3. Can I bring my family?
  4. Is there a limit on the number of guests I bring?
  5. Are masks required?
  6. Can I take pictures?
  7. Will there be a photographer?
  8. Is there a way for those who do not attend to watch and/or hear the ceremony?
  9. What should I wear?
  10. Will I receive a commencement program with my name in it?
  11. When will I receive my official diploma and/or certificate?
  12. What time should I arrive?
  13. Will there be a rehearsal?
  14. Do I need to order tickets in order to attend?
  15. Who do I contact if I have a special request or require an accommodation?
  16. Is smoking allowed on campus?
  17. Will food be available on campus during graduation?
  18. Are alcoholic beverages permitted before, during, or after the graduation ceremony?
  19. Are animals allowed on campus during commencement activities?
  20. Are there any video or photography restrictions?
  21. May I bring confetti and/or balloons?
  22. If I have any additional questions regarding commencement, who should I contact?

 

 

Where and when will the 2022 graduation ceremony take place?
The 2022 graduation ceremony is Friday, May 27, 2022; it will be held at 10:30 a.m. on the football field on Santa Maria campus. See graduation map!
The ceremony will be a traditional, in-person ceremony. Graduates will sit on the field, walk across the stage, receive their diploma, and get their photograph taken. Friends and family can watch from the bleachers. The ceremony will also be live streamed from the Allan Hancock College website.

Is a reservation required? 
Yes! Graduates, please submit your reservation to participate in the ceremony by filling out the 2022 Graduation Reservation form. Reservation deadline is Friday, May 20, 2022.

Can I bring my family?
Yes! Family and friends must remain outside the fenced track/field and may sit on the bleachers. There will be ample opportunity to gather after the ceremony in the post ceremony meeting area.

Is there a limit of the number of guests I bring?
No. There is no limit of the number of family, friends, and guests that may attend to watch the graduation ceremony.

Are masks required?
No, masks are strongly recommended for all graduates and attendees but not required..

Can I take pictures?
Guests can take pictures from the bleachers during the ceremony or after in the post ceremony meeting area.

Will there be a photographer?
Yes! Grad Images will take official graduation pictures of each student as they walk on stage. Our Hancock photographer will also be taking candid pictures of the ceremony.

Is there a way for those who do not attend to watch and/or hear the ceremony?
Yes! The ceremony will be Live Streamed beginning at 10:30 a.m. The live stream will allow family and friends to watch from an electronic device.

The live stream will also be shown on campus in room G-106 (Student Center).

What should I wear?
All students who walk across the stage must wear official regalia. Regalia can be purchased at the campus bookstore www.hancockcollege.edu/bookstore. See the Cap and Gown Info page for more information on graduation regalia.
For any other questions concerning graduation apparel or purchases please contact the bookstore at 805-922-2391 or hancockcollege@bkstr.com.

It is highly recommended to wear comfortable shoes. Graduates will walk from Grad Central to the football field and on grass. High heels and stiletto heels are strongly discouraged.

Will I receive a commencement program with my name in it?
Commencement programs will be distributed to students and guests on the day of graduation. The program lists the names of graduates receiving Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Science degrees, and early candidates for summer 2022 degree conferral.

When will I receive my official diploma and/or certificate?
Admissions & Records - Diploma and Certificates

What time should I arrive?
Grad Central, located between bldgs. K & D (see map), will be open at 8 a.m. where graduates must check-in and receive their name card. Please arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.; line-up begins at 10 a.m.

Will there be a rehearsal?
Yes. An optional, in-person rehearsal will take place on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 3 p.m. Graduates interested in participating in the the rehearsal shall meet at Grad Central at 3 p.m.

Do I need to order tickets in order to attend?
No, tickets are not required for commencement but graduates should submit a reservation form to walk in the ceremony. 

Who do I contact if I have a special request or require an accommodation?
Indicate your needs on the reservation form or contact Dr. Stephanie Crosby, Director, LAP/Veterans Success/Health Services, at 805-922-6966 ext. 3379 or email stephanie.crosby@hancockcollege.edu.

Is smoking allowed on campus? 
Smoking is only allowed in designated smoking areas on campus.

Will there be food available on campus?
Yes, there will be food trucks parked near the graduation site offering a variety of food to purchase.

Are alcoholic beverages permitted before, during, or after the graduation ceremony?
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on campus.

Are animals allowed on campus during commencement activities? 
Pets are NOT allowed on campus during commencement activities.

Are there any video or photography restrictions? 
Drones or aerial electronic devices are not allowed on campus.

May I bring confetti and/or balloons?
Water soluble, biodegradeable confetti (rice paper) is the only confetti allowed on campus.

Balloons are allowed, however, they must be left in the car during the ceremony so they don't hinder the view for other guests in the bleachers. Please leave all balloon bouquets in the car until the conclustion of the ceremony.

If I have any additional questions regarding commencement, who should I contact?
Please contact Holly Costello, Coordinator, Student Services/Administrative Assistant V, at 805-922-6966 ext. 3650 or email hcostello@hancockcollege.edu.