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Commencement Ceremony 2023

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Congratulations on your monumental accomplishment! All of us at Los Angeles Harbor College share your families' and friends' excitement on your completion of an A.A., ADT, CTE Certificate, and or completion of Transfer requirements. This year marks our 74th year where students like you have participated in our commencement exercises. To ensure your experience creates lasting memories for you and your loved ones, please familiarize yourself with the following information:

Commencement Registration

If you plan to participate in this year's commencement exercises, please register online HERE (Link pending).
Failure to register can delay your ability to participate in the commencement exercises. Deadline: 5/29/23.

Commencement Date

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 9:00 a.m. (tentative)
Los Angeles Harbor College Seahawk Stadium
Please note that you will be walking on artificial grass. High heels will not be permitted!!!

Questions? Email us at lahcgraduation@lahc.edu

Schedule of Events for Commencement

  • 7:00 a.m. Graduates/students are welcome to start arriving.
    You will check-in at the Graduate Check-In Booth located at the north entrance of the Gymnasium. You must check in to receive your name card. Your name card will be used to announce your name during the ceremony as well as provide your information for Grad Images (see picture taking section for information).
  • 8:30 a.m. Class of 2023 Graduate Picture
  • 8:40 a.m. Graduates start to line up
  • 9:00 a.m. Processional begins for the ceremony
  • 11:00 p.m. Ceremony ends

Graduation To-do List:

1. Petition for Graudation.  See a Counselor asap! 

2. Check Grad Website for details to plan ahead

3.  RSVP to attend the Grad Fair (date TBA) AND RSVP for Graduation ~ You can purchase your cap and gown before the Grad Fair at the bookstore. 

4. Check your emails to see if you have been invited to other celebrations.

5. Attend Graduation Rehearsal or watch it on Social Medial - Rehearsal 6/5/23 - 2 pm.

6. Celebrate! You did it.

    COVID Safety Protocols

    • If you, or your guests, should have symptoms or are currently in isolation/quarantine period due to recent infection or exposure, for your safety and the safety of others, you cannot attend.
    • Since our event is outside, masks are not required but are strongly recommended.
    • Please note that protocols are subject to change. Information on protocol updates will be communicated to graduates/candidates to share with guests by email or another appropriate mechanism.

    Cap & Gowns (Academic Regalia - Purchase ASAP!)

    Available in the Seahawk Shop (Bookstore). Visit their website for their business hours of operation.

    Commencement Rehearsal

    Graduation Rehearsal will take place on Monday, June 6 at 2 pm in the gymnasium. Not Mandatory but highly encouraged!  Watch Social Media for a video - stay tuned!
    Campus Directions and Map

    Parking & Public Transportation

    The following options are available:

    Seating

    Tickets are not required! Guests, family, and friends are welcome to attend. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please inform your guests of the following:

    • Guest with balloons will be asked to return them to their vehicles.
    • Saving of seats will not be permitted.
    • Taking pictures in the aisles or in front of the stage will not be permitted.

    Persons with Disabilities

    There will be designated areas for persons with disabilities. More information to come.

    Strollers

    Due to Fire Safety Regulations, strollers will not be allowed in the general audience seating.

    Pictures

    Professional photographers from Grad Images will be taking your picture as you enter and walk across the stage to receive your diploma. Make sure to follow the instructions below to ensure your special moment is captured and memorialized for perpetuity:

    • Start at the Check-in table where you will receive your name card.
    • Fill our both sides of the card.
    • Hand your card to the Grad Images to the announcer as you walk on stage.
    • The backside of the card has the phonetic spelling of your name, which will be used to announce your name.
    • Grad Images will then use the name card information to communicate with you directly. Make sure to fill in your complete information. PRINT CLEARLY, so that your name and address can be read easily.

    Commencement Committee Announcement

    The Los Angeles Harbor College Commencement Committee has been working hard to make sure your Graduation is a memorable one. Please help us by asking your family and guests to follow all directions given by all college and safety personnel. Their cooperation is greatly appreciated.

    Additional Celebrations you can be a part of:

    • 13th Annual Black Graduation Celebration - Date Pending
    • LACCD Lavender Graduation Celebration - Date Pending
    • Mi Gente Graduation Celebration - Date Pending
    • Academic Excellence - President's and/or Dean Honor Roll Celebration - Date Pending

    We will honor all students who received a President's and/or Dean's Honor Roll Award during the Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Fall 2022 semesters.  See the requirements below. 

    Qualifications for the Academic Excellence

    NOTE:  Students Receiving the President's Distinguished Honor Cord will be contacted individually.
    Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Tweet (Twitter) about LA Harbor Commencement using #lahcgrad2023 throughout Commencement.

    Helpful Hints:

    • Iron your gown to take out the wrinkles from the packaging
    • Practice putting on the white-collar. It is not an easy thing to do by yourself.
    • Wear sunscreen and dress for the warm weather.
    • Graduation is not a day to break in new shoes. Please wear comfortable shoes with a flat, solid, thick, or wedge heel. We do not want to damage the astroturf.
    • There is no area to store any personal items, so limit what you bring with you.
    • Provide your guests with the map (copies available on the rehearsal table).
    • There are no strollers, umbrellas, or balloons allowed in the stadium.

    Webpage Updated: 1/16/23