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GRADUATION

Petitioning for Graduation
Degrees and certificates are granted three times a year – at the end of the fall, spring and summer terms. Students who anticipate completing their last remaining requirements during the academic year must submit their petition for graduation to Admissions and Records early in the semester in which the requirements will be completed. Students must be enrolled in all required classes to petition for graduation. The deadline for petitioning for graduation is posted in the Schedule of Classes and Catalog.

Deadline to apply: Friday, March 24 at 5:00 PM

Commencement
Commencement exercises are held only once a year at the end of the spring semester. A student may participate in commencement exercises when all degree requirements have been met or upon completion of his/her final semester of enrollment in required courses. Exceptions will be considered upon written petition to the Vice President of Student Affairs.

Graduation with Honors
The following graduation honors are granted to those who fulfill the requirements for an Associate degree and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher for all units applied toward the degree:
Summa Cum Laude – 3.75 or higher
Magna Cum Laude – 3.50 – 3.74
Cum Laude – 3.25 – 3.49

The GPA used to determine the student’s honors status for commencement shall be based on the student’s cumulative GPA at the end of the semester preceding graduation for spring graduates and the end of the semester of graduation for summer and fall graduates.

Honors cords will be distributed at Commencement practice. If you are unable to attend practice, please arrive early the night of Commencement to review information and receive your cords.

2017 Commencement Ceremony
Doors open at 2:00 p.m.

Barstow Community College
Friday May 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
James R. Parks Gymnasium
2700 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311

Commencement Rehearsal: Barstow Campus
May 17, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the James R. Parks Gymnasium
Rehearsal lunch at the sponsored by ASG
May 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the James R. Parks Gymnasium
Rehearsal ceremony

Commencement Ceremony: Barstow Campus
May 19, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. at the Student Services Building

All graduates must report to the Student services Building (S Building) by 1:30 p.m. to complete name cards, receive final instructions, and line up for the processional. As you walk toward the stage, you will hand a card to the reader and your name will be announced. You will then be presented with a diploma cover by the College President.
May 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. at the James R. Parks Gymnasium
Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Reception: Barstow Campus
May 19, 2017, at the Performing Arts Center
A reception will immediately follow the commencement ceremony at the Performing Arts Center
All graduates, families, friends, faculty, and staff are invited for refreshments sponsored by the Barstow Community College Associated Student Government

Commencement Rehearsal: Fort Irwin Campus
May 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Base Chapel

Commencement Ceremony: Fort Irwin Campus
May 18, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Base Chapel
All graduates must report to the Base Chapel by 1:30 p.m. to complete name cards, receive final instructions, and line up for the processional. As you walk toward the stage, you will hand a card to the reader and your name will be announced. You will then be presented with a diploma cover by the College President.
May 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Base Chapel
Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Reception: Fort Irwin Campus
A reception will immediately follow the commencement ceremony at the Base Chapel
All graduates, families, friends, faculty, and staff are invited for refreshments

Commencement Student Speaker

A student speaker is selected to address the graduating class at commencement. Those who wish to be considered for the role should review and complete the Student Speaker Application Packet. The form for the student speaker may be downloaded by choosing the link below:

Student Speaker Application Packet

Criteria for Eligibility

  • The eligible student must have completed 40 units at Barstow Community College by the end of the semester preceding the semester of graduation.
  • The student must have petitioned for graduation that year and be a graduate attending the ceremony.
  • The student must be enrolled in the current academic year of graduation.
  • The commencement speaker is required to be an honor student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • For those students receiving degrees in multiple semesters, the GPA of the most recent semester of graduation shall be used in determining eligibility.
  • Completed application.
  • Additional criteria may be determined by the Commencement Committee.
  • Selection Process

    The Commencement Committee reviews applications on the merit of their leadership and involvement at Barstow Community College, and the quality and relevance of their proposed commencement speech. Finalist will interview with and deliver their commencement speech to the committee. The committee’s recommendation is submitted to the President/Superintendent for final approval.


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