Frequently Asked Questions

  Where and when will the graduation ceremony take place? 

Friday, May 25, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. on the Commons

(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 third week in April up through the day of graduation in the bookstore. 

The "Graduation Bundle" includes the gown (all sizes), tassel (black or gold) and cap for $36 per tax. Gowns sold separately are $24 plus tax. Caps are $6.25 plus tax, tassels are $5.70 plus tax.   For additional pricing see price list

 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. Printed Date/Time/Place cards will also be available to purchase 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 near the third week in April up through the day of graduation.

 What if I only need one or two parts of the set (like the tassel only)?

Students will be able to purchase graduation items separately.

 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. 

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

The LVC bookstore will have graduation items in stock and available for students to purchase.

 What days/hours will the three bookstores be open?

Santa Maria campus:  Monday - Thursday 7:45am-6:45pm, Friday 7:45am-4:00pm. Check the bookstore website at for hours for both stores.

 How do I know what size gown I need? Are there special gowns (like a larger size) for persons who may want them?

The gown sizes are based on height and weight. There will be regular gowns, XL gowns and XXL gowns. 

 Do the gowns have to be returned after graduation?

The gowns purchased by students are theirs to keep and are non-returnable. Open packages 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 gowns can be hung up during a shower allowing the steam to lightly remove most wrinkles.


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 Oct 23, 2018