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Graduation at Allan Hancock College

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




2020 Commencement ceremony will be a drive-through event with the opportunity for every graduate to walk across the stage, receive their diploma, and get their photograph taken. The program will be delivered virtually and the ceremony will be live streamed on August 12, 2020 beginning at 10:00 a.m.

A reservation is required for all graduates. Please check your Allan Hancock College email for details on reserving a spot in one of the designated time blocks at this year's ceremony.  

Graduation regalia is required for all who want to walk across the stage. Regalia can be purchased at the campus bookstore.


TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2020

During this ever-changing time, we are hard at work finalizing plans for your 2020 commencement ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Your health and safety is our highest concern. More information and details will be sent out within the next few weeks.

If you missed the first round of RSVP's, do not worry. An official reservation will be required for all students to select the ceremony time that works best for them.

Please regularly check your myHancock email in the coming weeks for more details and to officially reserve your spot.


MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2020

2020 Commencement Ceremony 

Allan Hancock College is happy to announce that the college will host an in-person graduation ceremony on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

This unique graduation program will feature a combination of drive-in, on-stage, and live-streamed events for the ceremony. During the ceremony, graduates will be able to walk across the stage to receive their diploma and take an official photograph. Hancock will hold this ceremony at multiple times during the day and enforce strict social distancing guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all graduates and their families.

Graduates who want to participate, must RSVP by Friday, July 10, 2020 if you plan to participate in commencement on August 12, 2020.

Please RSVP: 2020 Graduation

Hancock will provide additional details and information in the coming weeks. The college's ask that graduates make sure to regularly check their myHancock email for important commencement information, and make sure their email and mailing addresses are up to date in Canvas.

Hancock’s administrators, faculty, and staff thank our 2020 graduates for their understanding and patience while the college worked to plan a safe in-person commencement ceremony. We are excited to celebrate with our graduates on August 12!


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.