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. 

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

If you are unable to attend graduation, you may view the livestream at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017. 

Information for Graduates

Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsal instructions will be posted in early May. 

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. 

AHC Bookstore Grad Fair May 11

The AHC Bookstore is excited to announce our upcoming Grad Fair on Thursday, May 11th! Students come get your cap and gown early! This event will be occurring at both the Santa Maria and Lompoc bookstores. Students 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.   

There will be refreshments and door prizes. Students purchasing their regalia will have to provide an ID to verify that they are on the list of current 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 20% OFF a single gift or clothing item (at regular price) at the bookstore for future purchase. Discount cannot  be used towards graduation products.

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 Apr 18, 2017