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Graduation at Allan Hancock College

Congratulations to the 99th graduating class at Allan Hancock College!

The 2020 graduation ceremony has been postponed. We are currently in the process of exploring commencement options. Please check back regularly for updates and details. 

2020 Commencement Ceremony Update

You spoke, and we listened.

Several weeks ago, AHC administration held an open forum with students to get their input about holding a commencement ceremony, given the college's current limitations on social gatherings due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The students were loud and clear: a virtual celebration has limited appeal, and receiving a diploma in person is important to students, their family, and their community. So the challenge for for Hancock is to create an experience that honors student's wishes while keeping everyone safe.

This cannot happen in person in the foreseeable future, so Hancock is postponing commencement until a later date so the college can explore ways to celebrate safely in person. We hope this can happen in August before the next school year begins. We are watching what other colleges are doing nationwide for ideas that we can adapt here at Hancock. Details will follow once we have a clear picture of when it is safe to gather again.

In the meantime, the college is encouraging students to find creative ways to celebrate their graduation in ways that are safe, celebratory, and meaningful. Caps and gowns will be available at the college bookstore starting the May 18, 2020; gold tassels (3.5 GPA or higher) will be available May 28, 2020. Hancock encourages graduates to post pictures online, tag the college, and use the hashtag #AHCGrad2020.

Hancock thanks all the students who provided input into this process and the elected student representatives in ASBG who provided leadership throughout this important discussion. Hancock will continue to work to find a way to effectively celebrate this major milestone for our 2020 graduates in person.


 Questions?  please call 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3650.