Frequently Asked Questions

  Where and when will the graduation ceremony take place? 

Friday, May 24, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. on the Commons. Students must report to the gym no later than noon to line up.

(The area between the Academic Resource Center/Library and Fine Arts buildings).

 When will the caps, gowns, tassels, and announcements be available for students to purchase?

They will be available the second week of May up through the day of graduation in the bookstore. 

 How much will they cost?

The cost for the cap, gown and black tassel is $36.00 plus tax, and the gown set with gold tassel is also $36.00 plus tax. All are available for separate purchase. For sizes, options, and full pricing details, see price lists at the Bookstore.

 How far in advance do I need to purchase my cap and gown?

Students do not need to place orders for their graduation items. They can be purchased at the bookstore the second week of May up through the day of graduation. There is a Grad Fair at both campus bookstores on Thursday, May 9 during store hours.

 What is the difference between the black and gold tassels?

The standard tassel is the black tassel. The gold tassels are reserved for students with a 3.5 G.P.A or higher as indicated by the Admissions and Records honor list.

 How do I know what size gown I need?

The gown sizes are based on height and weight. X-large gowns are available. 

 Do the gowns have to be returned after graduation?

The gowns purchased by students are theirs to keep and are non-returnable.

 Is there any special care that needs to be taken with the gowns? Can I wash or iron them?

The gowns should not be washed, ironed or dry-cleaned as they are mainly for one-time use. Upon first removal from wrapping, the gown can be hung up during a shower allowing the steam to lightly remove most wrinkles.

 What if I want to pick up my cap and gown at LVC bookstore?

The bookstore can send items by courier through May 16.

 What days/hours will the bookstore be open?

Santa Maria campus: Monday - Thursday 7:45 a.m.-6:45 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m. See the college schedule or the bookstore web-site ( or call for the most up-to-date hours for stores.                            Lompoc Valley Center: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 

 Does the bookstore sell graduation rings?

They are available online at:

 How are the announcements personalized?

The announcements contain a blank name card on which the graduate can print his/her name, a time and date card, and announcement card with an envelope.

* The Santa Maria bookstore will be selling graduation gifts and water at Graduation on Friday, May 24 during the ceremony. There will be a flower vendor selling bouquets and leis adjacent to bookstore table.


For any other questions concerning graduation apparel or purchases please contact the bookstore at (805) 922-2391. 

For more graduation information please call 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3248.

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Last Modified Apr 22, 2019