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Graduation Information

Dear Class of 2023,

Congratulations 63rd graduating class!


On behalf of Barstow Community College faculty, classified professionals, and administrators, I want to say “YOU DID IT!” You have achieved a milestone in your educational career and life, despite a global pandemic. Some of you may be the first in your family to earn a college degree or certificate. Many of you will transfer and continue your educational journey, while others will go immediately into the workforce as a skilled and trained professional. Whatever your path, don’t miss the enjoyment in your experience as you apply what you have learned here, to better the world around you.


During your time with us, WE have learned that YOU are smart, resilient, resourceful, thought-provoking, and courageous. You are ambitious, caring, inclusive, and not at all afraid to be who you are. You have hopes and have found inspiration in learning and connecting. As you continue to pursue your dreams with relentless optimism, we will continue to cheer you on. Because of you, we believe our future is bright.


As we transition to a modified commencement ceremony this year and cheer you on as you walk across the stage to receive your award, remember to thank your family, friends, classmates, and mentors who got you to this point. Be as proud of where you came from, as where you are going. As you reach towards your future, don’t forget to give back. Make sure you join the BCC Alumni Association and stay connected.


Go onward and upward to represent us proudly, and always remember...

Once a Viking...Always a Viking!


Vice President of Student Services

2023 Commencement Ceremony
May 19th, 2023 

3:00 PM

If you wish to have commencement regalia for photos or
keepsakes, caps and gowns for the graduates are available
through the Viking Shop Bookstore. You may submit your
order via email at

Summa Cum Laude 3.75-4.0 (Red Cord)
Magna Cum Laude 3.5-3.74 (Gold Cord)
Cum Laude 3.25-3.49 (White Cord)
Military/Veterans Red, White & Blue Cord
Phi Theta Kappa Sash
Alpha Gamma Sigma Sash
Associated Student Government Sash


The Admissions & Records Office will send your diploma
after verifying that all requirements have been met.
Diplomas will be mailed to your permanent address on file
approximately six to eight weeks after commencement. If
you have recently moved or will be moving, please be sure
to notify the Admissions & Records Office. To change your
address, please email

Contact the Fort Irwin Education Center for more

As an alumni of BCC, you have the opportunity to stay
connected and give back to future Vikings. Please email for enrollment.

The time has come to reserve your 2023 Commencement Ceremony tickets!  Due to safety and capacity, each graduate will be permitted 5 tickets to the In-Person Ceremony being held on Friday, May 19, 2023, at 3pm. Beginning March 31st, 2023, each participating graduate will be able to enter the ticket reservation system and reserve their tickets using their B Number and BCC Student Email. 


Please note, the ticket reservation system will close on Friday, April 28, 2023, at 5pm.


Tickets are FREE of Charge, however all guests need a ticket to attend the ceremony (infants on laps do not need a tickets).


Please read this tutorial on how to reserve your tickets: 

Also available in written format:


Reserve Your 2023 Commencement Ceremony Tickets HERE.


If you or your guests need special seating accommodations (wheelchair, walker, hearing impairment) please submit this form: Access Request form (Must be submitted by May 6th).


Questions can be emailed to and will be answered Monday thru Friday, 8am to 5pm.

To learn more about the commencement exercises, all graduates are strongly encouraged to attend the Rehearsal scheduled for Tuesday, May 16th, at 2:00 p.m. inside the James R. Parks Gymnasium. Only graduates who have confirmed their participation with Admissions are approved to participate in the Commencement ceremony. No personal items of graduates will be stored during the ceremony.  


Commencement Regalia (Cap & Gown) are available for purchase through the Barstow Community College Bookstore.  To accommodate those attending rehearsal on Tuesday, May 16th, the Bookstore will close at 5:00 p.m. Please direct regalia questions here: Barstow Community College Bookstore  


Honor Cords  

BCC holds all its graduates in high esteem and has an added measure of pride in those that have excelled in academics.   

  • Cum Laude cords (white) are for students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better. 

  • Magna Cum Laude cords (gold) are for students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better. 

  • Summa Cum Laude cords (red) are for students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better. 

Only graduates who participate in the Commencement Ceremony will receive an honor cord. Cords can be picked up at rehearsal and on the day of Commencement during Graduate check-in. Please Direct Honor Cord questions here: 


About Rehearsal

Every year, Commencement Rehearsal is held in the days prior to Commencement to ensure that the ceremony goes smoothly for all graduating students. The afternoon begins with the Class of 2023 gathering for a Meet & Greet. Lunch is provided by Associated Student Government (ASG). Upon arrival, please come directly to the Gymnasium. Instructions and lineup will begin at 3:00 PM. Student Services Staff will demonstrate what degree candidates should do while walking across the stage, and explain walking and line-up procedures, and academic regalia protocol. 


Commencement Rehearsal- James R. Parks Gymnasium

Tuesday, May 16th  
2:00 pm 2:50 pm —Rehearsal Lunch
3:00 pm–4:00 pm—Rehearsal  


Rehearsal Lunch 

Associated Student Government will provide lunch for graduates in attendance. Come early - first come first serve.  


Alumni Foundation 

Help build your Barstow Community College Alumni Community, make career connections, and support the Alumni Association. Please plan to visit the Alumni Association table during rehearsal.  

Date: Thursday, May 25th, 2023

For information about the Fort Irwin Graduation Ceremony, please contact the Fort Irwin Education Center: 760-380-4218


Tassel $6.00+tax $6.53

Cap $7.00+tax $7.61

Bundle Cap Tassel and Gown $36.00+tax $39.15


How to order:

To place your order please email

Student Speaker Application

The Student Commencement Speaker offers a speech during the Commencement ceremony in May and serves as the representative of the entire graduating class. If you meet the following criteria, please apply now:

  • Completion of 40 units at BCC by the end of the semester preceding the semester of graduation.
  • Petition to graduate completed by March 12, 2023, and be a 2023 graduate attending the May 19, 2023 commencement ceremony.
  • Must be enrolled in the current academic year of graduation.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • For students receiving degrees in multiple semesters, the GPA of the most recent graduation semester shall be used to determine eligibility.
  • A completed Commencement Speaker application.


Deadline for application is: March 31, 2023


Applications will be reviewed based on the merit of their leadership and involvement at BCC as well as the quality and relevance of their proposed commencement speech. Finalists will interview with and deliver their commencement speech to the committee.


No late applications will be accepted.


Additional questions can be directed to

Student Singer Application

If you are a current student at BCC with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, you meet the requirements to apply for the 2023 BCC Commencement Ceremony singer! This person will sing the National Anthem to our graduates and guests on May 19, 2023, in the James R. Parks Gymnasium.


Deadline for applications is: March 31, 2023


After reviewing applications, the selection committee will contact applicants who meet the criteria to arrange an in-person audition.


The selection of the student singer will be based on the quality of vocal ability, quality of presentation, academic record, and contributions to campus life.


No late applications will be accepted.


Additional questions can be directed to

Petition for Graduation Form

The deadline to petition to graduate for students will be March 12, 2023. Please see a counselor if you need assistance with your petition. You can call 760-252-2411 ext 7351 to schedule an appointment with your counselor or log into your Single Sign On and click on "Cranium Cafe - Make An Appointment."

Deadline to apply: March 12, 2023 at 12:00 PM

  • Honors Day Ceremony: May 12, 2023 at 6:00pm
  • Transfer Recognition Ceremony: May 18, 2023 at 5:00pm

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