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Graduation Information

2024 Commencement Ceremony
May 17th, 2024 

Morning Ceremony: 9:00am

Afternoon Ceremony: 3:00pm

Barstow Community College will be providing regalia to all 2024 graduates.

Regalia will be available at Grad Fest on May 14th. More information coming soon. 

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.

At this time, every graduate is permitted or allotted 4 tickets. 


A few items to keep in mind and share with your guests: 

  • Graduate check-in will begin at 7:30am (AM Ceremony) 1:30pm (PM Ceremony)
  • Please leave your personal belongings with your guests and do not bring them with you to check-in as you may not remain in the same seat throughout the ceremony. 
  • Doors to the gym and Performing Arts Center will open at the same time. 
    • ALL seats are first come, first serve. Please have your party arrive together, as no seat-saving will be permitted. Once the gym has reached capacity, guests will be directed to the Performing Arts Center. BOTH facilities will require tickets.
  • All guests must have a ticket, including children over the age of 2. 
  • The following will not be permitted: 
  • Balloons, confetti, noisemakers (clappers, blowhorns, etc.) 
  • Outside food or drink (clear, water bottles are ok)
  • Alcohol or smoking (including vapes and e-cigarettes)
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Drones, selfie sticks, camera tripods, etc. 
  • Any graduate or guest who is disruptive will be asked to leave the ceremony.

If you or your guests need special seating accommodations (wheelchair, walker, hearing impairment) please submit this form: Access Request form

 Most importantly, CONGRATULATIONS! YOU DID IT! This is a time to celebrate YOU! 

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:

  • *You must have completed at least 40 units at Barstow Community College by the end of the Spring 2024 semester
    *You must have petitioned for graduation and be a 2024 graduate attending the May 17, 2024 ceremony
    *You must be currently enrolled in the 2023/2024 academic school year
    *You must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 or higher
    (For students receiving degrees in multiple semesters, your most recent semester GPA shall be used to determine eligibility
    *You must complete this application in its entirety, submit questions to or contact Valerie Wendlant at (760) 252-2411 ext. 6513


Deadline for application is: March 29th, 2024


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.

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 2024 BCC Commencement Ceremony singer! This person will sing the National Anthem to our graduates and guests on May 17, 2024, in the James R. Parks Gymnasium.



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.


Deadline for application is: April 14th, 2024


No late applications will be accepted.

Petition for Graduation Form

The deadline to petition to graduate for students will be April 26, 2024. 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 schedule your appointment though ESARS."

Deadline to apply: April 26th, 2024

After your petition has been approved, please check the email you provided on your graduation petition for a URL link that will allow you to reserve your spot at the 2024 Commencement Ceremony. 

Date: May 14th, 2024

Time: 11am-1pm or 4pm-6pm

Grad Fest