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Commencement is one of the most celebrated events in our college history. In June, we will celebrate, with family and friends, faculty, staff, and administrators, the accomplishments of our students. On this day, we will reflect on the LA City College experience and share stories about our students.  Most of all, on this day, we will say thank you to our students for choosing to be engaged and committed to learning and thank you to our faculty, staff, and administrators for challenging and supporting along this process. We will watch with pride as they walk across the stage. 

We are proud to announce the next Commencement Ceremony will be held on JUNE 2020 at 5 PM.


Greek Theatre
2700 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(due north of the college on Vermont, about ½ mile north of Los Feliz Boulevard)


Tickets are not required for your guests.


Free parking will be available. There are no buses that go to the Greek Theatre. Graduates should park south of the Theatre and guests in the lots north of the entrance. There will be parking attendants to direct you. Read the signs.


Graduates are welcome to invite guests to attend the ceremony. There is no limit. Seats are not reserved. Early arrival will ensure choice parking and seating. No balloons may be brought into the Greek Theatre. Guests must stay in their seats throughout the ceremony. There is no standing or sitting in the aisles to photograph or videotape the event. Guests in wheelchairs will be accommodated by the LACC Commencement Marshals.


Announcements are available in the College Bookstore. They are optional.

Caps, Gowns, and Tassels

Graduation apparel is available for purchase at the College Bookstore for $31.95 plus tax. All candidates MUST be robed in LACC caps and gowns to participate in the graduation exercises. They are yours to keep. Nursing Program graduates will wear white sash. All other graduates may purchase an optional souvenir sash for $34.95 plus tax (sashes available at the LACC College store.) All other graduates will wear a black cap and gown. Graduation regalia is on sale now.
Note: if you are in a different cap and gown you will not be allowed to march in the procession.

Honor Students

If you are an honor student, graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, please pick up your gold honor cord at the College Bookstore, compliments of the Associated Student Organization. The Bookstore personnel must verify your honor status before issuing you a gold honor cord. You will be asked to present a photo ID and sign a log verifying that you received your cord. If your name does not appear on the honor list, and you believe that you qualify for graduation honors, please speak with a graduation clerk in the Admissions and Records Office. Summa Cum Laude is a distinction awarded to students who graduate with a 3.9 or better GPA in all work completed at LACC. Magna Cum Laude is a distinction awarded to students who graduate with a 3.7 or better GPA in all work completed at LACC. Cum Laude is a distinction awarded to students who graduate with a 3.5 or better GPA in all work completed at LACC.

Class Rings

Rings for the Class of 2018 are available to order through the LACC Bookstore. A representative will be available at the Commencement Ceremony.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities that require assistance during the commencement ceremony and/or walking to the stage should contact the Office of Special Services no later than one week before the graduation, if you intend to participate in the ceremony. The phone number is (323) 953-4000 ext. 2285. There will be a sign language interpreter at the ceremony.


The commencement will begin promptly at 5pm with the processional. Graduates should assemble no later than 4pm on the south side of the Greek Theatre. There will be signs directing you. Arrive dressed in your cap and gown. Physically disabled students unable to walk to the stage will be seated prior to the beginning of the ceremony. Procession Marshals will circulate through the line and distribute name cards.

If you want to sit with your friends make sure that you stand behind the person, not side-by-side. You will line up in two rows to enter the Greek and proceed along a main aisle, and then divide into separate columns to enter the aisles leading to the rows of seats.

Media and Photography

Please remember that the graduation is a public ceremony. By participating in graduation, it is possible that the media or other photographers may use graduation photographs in newspapers, other publicity print mediums, or other video briefs on television news.

Order of Procession

The first person to enter is the Bearer of the Mace (the senior faculty member), followed by the faculty, staff, emeritus, and administration. They will form a line in the center aisle for the graduates to walk by. Then the candidates for graduation enter, walking down the center aisle. The right-hand column will turn into the first aisle. The left-hand column will proceed to the further aisle to the seats. The Procession Leaders will direct you to your seats. Finally, the platform party enters.

Remain standing until the platform party is on the stage, and then the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem are over. You will be directed when to be seated.

Name Cards

You will be given a name card when you are waiting in line. You will need to clearly print your name on it and you will keep the card with you until you walk onto the stage. You will give the name card to the announcer at the podium. They will keep the card and give it to the photographer at the end of the ceremony. The readers have been instructed not to read additional comments written on the cards. The photographer will take a picture of you as you receive your in-lieu diploma.


Diplomas will be available in September. The Graduation Unit within the Admissions Office will notify you by mail or email when your diploma is ready to be picked up. Degree conferral is contingent upon final grades from the Spring 2018 semester. For further diploma information, please contact your respective graduation evaluator:

  • Last name A-H contact Beatriz Rodriguez (323) 953-4000 ext. 2117
  • Last Name I-O contact Victoria Bautista (323) 953-4000 ext. 2113
  • Last Name P-Z contact Glenda O'Neal-Foster (323) 953-4000 ext. 2111


While preparing for the procession to begin, position the tassel on your mortarboard (hat) on the right side. Towards the end of the ceremony you will be instructed to switch the tassel from the right to the left side of your hat. When marching in the recessional the tassel will be on the left side to signify that you are a graduate.


You will exit the ceremony in reverse order. The platform party will exit first, followed by the faculty, administration, etc. Associate degree graduates will exit after the faculty, row by row. Remain standing until your row is cleared for exiting.

The Procession Leaders will lead you in, direct you to your seats, indicate when to rise and walk in line to the stage, and will guide you out. Please watch them and follow their directions.

Graduation Photographs

Ultimate Exposures will be the official photographer at the graduation ceremony. They will be photographing each student two to three times as you receive your diploma on commencement day. You will be given a name card to complete at the ceremony to provide the photographer with your current email and mailing address. They will forward you complimentary proofs of your photos. You can expect proofs within one week of the ceremony. You are under no obligation to purchase these photos. Photographs are available starting at $9.00 for a 5x7 photo. If you have questions, please contact Ultimate Exposures at (818) 781-9530.


Contact the Office of Student Life at (323) 953-4000 extension 2450.

 Contact Us

Armineh Dereghishian
Student Union 219
(323) 953-4000 ext. 2450

 Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 6pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4pm

Los Angeles City College | 855 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles California 90029


Phone: 323.953.4000


Emergency: 323.953.2911