Graduation at Allan Hancock College

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

Graduation ceremony will take place Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. on the football field, on the Santa Maria Campus. 

View the live stream starting at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020. 

Information for Graduates


Commencement is on Friday, May 22, at 11:00 a.m., on the football field on the Santa Maria Campus.  Graduates will meet in Grad Central (Gym, building N), at 10:00 a.m. to line up for the processional. Please arrive no later than 10:00 a.m. in your cap and gown.  There are no lockers to store personal belongings; therefore, please make arrangements for their safekeeping during graduation. Please respect your fellow graduates and the audience by remaining seated throughout the ceremony, except when called to the podium. 


At the ceremony, you will receive your diploma holder. Your diploma will be mailed early September.  If your mailing address changes, please notify the Admissions & Records office at 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3281.  


Students are responsible for obtaining their own caps and gowns.  Caps and gowns are required for commencement participation. They will be on sale (along with other graduation memorabilia) between the last week of April through the day of Commencement at the Allan Hancock College bookstore. 

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 23 and tag the photo with #AHCGrad2020 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 the Admissions and Records office 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3513 no later than Wednesday, May 20, 2020. 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 10:50 a.m. or their reserved seating will be opened to the general public.  

ASL Interpreters

The ceremony will be interpreted in ASL.

Graduating Veterans

Military Veterans at Allan Hancock College will be awarded with a graduation “Sash” to wear at graduation. If interested please contact Vernetta Crain, Program Assistant, Veterans Success Center at 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3925 by Wednesday, April 10, 2020.

Additional Questions?  For graduation information please call 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3248.


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Last Modified Nov 14, 2019