Graduation at Allan Hancock College

Congratulations to the 98th graduating class at Allan Hancock College!

Graduation ceremony will take place Friday, May 24, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Commons, located in the heart of the Santa Maria Campus. 

View the live stream starting at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019. 

Information for Graduates

Commencement Rehearsal is at 9:00am (Please arrive promptly before 9:00am)

The college will host a brief graduation rehearsal the morning of Commencement, Friday, May 24 at 9:00 a.m. in the gymnasium in building N, “Grad Central.”  You will receive brief instructions and participate in a quick walk-through of the ceremony. Rehearsal will be about 45 minutes.  Breakfast goodies will be provided.


Commencement is on Friday, May 24, at 1:00 p.m., on “The Commons,” behind the Student Center, building G.  Graduates will meet in Grad Central (Gym, building N), at noon to line up for the processional. Please arrive no later than noon in your cap and gown.  There are no lockers to store personal belongings; therefore, please make arrangements for their safekeeping during graduation.  The entire ceremony lasts approximately 90 minutes. 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. Listed are a few prices: Cap & Gown (all sizes) w/ Black or Gold tassel $36.00 plus tax; Gowns (all sizes) sold individually $24.00 plus tax; Caps sold individually $6.25 plus tax; and Tassels (gold or black) sold individually $5.70 plus tax. The cap and gown are yours to keep or pass on to a relative or friend.  If you have a grade point average of 3.5 or above for all course work completed from all colleges attended through the fall semester 2018, you are entitled to wear a gold tassel on your cap.  The Admissions and Records office will provide verification of your grade point average to the bookstore. See student price list.  

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 26 and tag the photo with #AHCGrad2019 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 22, 2019. 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 12:50 p.m. or their reserved seating will be opened to the general public.  

ASL Interpreters

The ceremony will be interpreted in ASL.

Graduate Photos by Lifetouch Photography

Lifetouch Photography will be photographing diploma presentations to graduates during the commencement ceremony. Graduates participating in commencement will be able to view their photos online at Photos will be only be on-line and available to view and purchase as of May 29, 2019 through December 31, 2019. After that, they will not be available for either viewing or purchase. Use the following password to access the event on the website: AHCGRAD2019 

Questions about the photos should be directed to Lifetouch Photography at (805) 644-3600.

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, 2019.

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


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Last Modified Aug 20, 2019