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President Mary Gallagher

This Week @ City

Originally Published: 5/31/2022

News and Events for the week of May 31

Good Tuesday Morning,  

First and foremost, we can finally announce our very special commencement speaker First Lady of the United States. We are honored that Dr. Biden chose to speak at our graduation this year. We have Mayor Garcetti to thank for recommending LACC out of all of the colleges where FLOTUS could have delivered the commencement speech.  

Please RSVP for our In-Person Graduation Ceremony

Since we were just cleared to announce the Frist Lady as our speaker at graduation, we expect there will be more interest in attending this graduation once the word gets out. Everyone who wants to attend in person must RSVP. If you do not receive notification from us as to what you need to do on graduation day at the Greek Theater, that means we do not have you on the RSVP list and you will not be allowed into the ceremony. All staff members are welcomed to attend graduation – but you must RSVP. The link to RSVP will be sent out again this morning.  

Students were notified about the need to RSVP and pick up tickets. Please remind your students to RSVP. Any guests to graduation will have to have a ticket this year and we have to limit the number of tickets per graduate to four. (Their RSVP is one and then they can request up to four additional tickets for guests.) If students do not RSVP and/or they do not pick up the tickets from campus for their guests, they will not be allowed into the Greek Theater. There will be very heavy security and we will not be able to make exceptions for anyone. In addition to graduates from the class of 2022, we are inviting graduates from our Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 if they want to get the full effect of a graduation ceremony. They have to RSVP as well.  

Classes for Summer and Fall

I hope everyone had a restful three-day weekend. The next few weeks are extraordinarily busy on campus. This week is finals week. Registration for summer classes is in full swing. Both the summer and fall schedule of classes is in the student portal at There are still classes open for this summer session and registration for Fall 2022 is underway. 

View Open Classes for Summer

View Open Classes for Fall

Update on Vaccination Requirements

Effective for Summer 2022 classes, students are no longer required to have a vaccination or exception in order to attend classes on campus. Students can view their registration appointment dates for the Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 terms by logging on to and clicking on the “Manage Classes” tile followed by the “Enrollment Dates” tab on the left side. If no enrollment date is available, students may register for classes. Please remind your students. 

Asian & Pacific American Heritage

Today concludes the Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month. There has been an “In My Eyes” photojournalism contest taking place. Today is the last day to enter the contest. Post a captioned photo of what a day looks like in your eyes and use the hashtag #inmyeyesLACCAPI or #inmyeyesLACCAPIally; first place $250 gift card to Samy’s Camera; second place $125 gift card to Best Buy; and third place $75 gift card to amazon.  

Recent Celebrations

We had some great ceremonies and activities last week. Congratulations to graduates of our Citizenship Recognition Ceremony! The ceremony was held Saturday, May 21. Many of our faculty and staff attended including a mother and son who both became citizens and a 90-year-old student who also became a citizen.

The Black Graduation Celebration was last Tuesday. It was the 12th annual event! I have been to all 12 and it has always been a beautiful and moving ceremony.

On Wednesday, we launched the Armenian Language and Literature program and celebrated Armenian independence. It was a great time!

Also, on Wednesday UCLA-CESMII (Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute) visited us for the first time since March 2020. We are preparing to offer the boot camp classes this summer.

That same afternoon (Wednesday), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association LACC Cinema/TV awards were announced at a great awards ceremony, too. And all week long the Music Department held their series of year-end concerts. Whew! We are busy. 

Budget and Facilities Town Hall

Today, May 31, Dr. Lancaster and I will be holding an in-person Budget and Facilities Town Hall from 12:00noon until 1:30pm on the third floor of the Student Union in the Multipurpose Room. We will have a light lunch. All are invited. If you cannot make it to the Town Hall, we will be recording it and posting it on our website for you to view later. All of our bond projects that have been in the planning stages have been moving along so there is much for us to show you later today. You will not want to miss this because Dr. Lancaster will be showing renderings of the new Cafeteria (starts construction in Fall 2022 and will open in Fall 2023); the new Theater; the new Cesar Chavez building; the new Central Quad; and the new grand walk from Central Campus to North Campus.  

Tenured Faculty Celebration

Tomorrow,  Wednesday, June 1 at 12:00noon, we will celebrate our newly tenured faculty. This is always a fun gathering of faculty, college presidents, and district administration to welcome our new tenured faculty.  

Finals Week Meals

All week students can receive a $12 CubStore credit for food. The first 500 LACC students per day beginning at 7:30am through 7pm, Monday to Thursday and 7:30am to 3pm this Friday at the LACC CubStore will receive a credit for food and two winners each day will be selected for a $150 VISA Gift Card. Gift Card winners will be notified by 4:30pm. Winners must claim gift cards within 72 hours from the day they were selected, in-person pickup only at the LACC Foundation Office. Gift Card winners will be notified through an Instagram Direct Message from @laccfoundation. 

New Vice President Administrative Services

I am so pleased to let you know that we held interviews for our new Vice President Administrative Services and selected a finalist. I cannot announce him until he clears the District system, but I think you will really like. He is nice, smart, hard-working, and just wants to do his best for LACC.   

Toiletries Drive

After the recent shooting in East Buffalo, we are organizing a drive for toiletries and other donations for East Buffalo. We are also looking into how we can help Uvalde Robb Elementary School and the community. A separate email with further information will be sent this week.  

We have a very busy week of activities ahead. Here is what is happening this week: 
Career Workshop: Time Management 

Tuesday, May 31 at 3pm 

Zoom,  join at 

This workshop will highlight strategies to help manage time effectively. For more information, contact David Turcotte at

The Citadel Literary Journal: Submission Deadline 

Tuesday, May 31 at 5pm 

The Citadel 2021-22 seeks stories and poems to celebrate our renewed ability to exhale and/or fight for a more just future. Submit work to the LACC Department of English & ESL at  

LACC Cinema/TV End of Semester Screening 

Thursday, June 2 at 12:30pm and 6:30pm 

Join in person, HFPA Center for Cinema & Television Building, CC 228 

or on Zoom, register at

This annual screening features all of our production classes’ best films as voted on by their peers. 

USCIS Virtual Naturalization Information Session – English 

Thursday, June 2 at 2pm 

Zoom, Meeting ID 976 9000 8580 or join by phone at 1.669.900.6833 

LACC, in collaboration with the United States Citizenship Immigration Services , is presenting an online event to address the process and requirements for U.S. Citizenship for students. For more information, contact Angel Amaro Jr. at

Aliviar El Estres Y Estrategias Para El Autocuidado De Mama 

Thursday, June 2 at 5pm 

Register for this event on Zoom

Children’s Hospital LA’s Office of Community Affairs in collaboration with the Consulado General de Mexico en Los Angeles will be hosting this Community Health Buzz webinar in Spanish.

Mi Gente Graduation Ceremony 

Sunday, June 5 at 4pm 

East Los Angeles College 
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park 

Join us for the inaugural Mi Gente Graduation Ceremony. RSVP  by Friday, May 20 at

Save the Date 
5th Annual CHLA LEAH Conference 

Monday, June 6 at 9am to 3:15pm  

Zoom, register at  

Join us for “Choice, and Autonomy: Adolescent and Young Adult Sexual and Reproductive Health,” a free virtual conference with topics covering reproductive justice, sex positivity, and youth autonomy; contraception for adolescent and young adults; sexual and reproduction health for trans, gender diverse, and AYA with developmental disabilities; youth centered biomedical approaches to HIV and school-based sexual health. This conference is designed for those who work with AYA including nurses, nurse practitioners, primary and subspecialty care physicians, psychologists, social workers, community leaders, health educators, community healthcare workers and other interdisciplinary providers.  

New policies for masking and vaccinations for students: 

Effective June 12, 2022, Board Policy 2800 will be rescinded. There will no longer be an indoor masking mandate at any of the colleges or at District facilities for employees, students, or visitors. Masking already is not required outdoors and, as of June 12, we will follow the prevailing LACDPH health orders that indoor masking is recommended, but not required. After June 12, students may wear a mask indoors if they choose and the colleges and the District will continue to provide free, disposable masks upon request and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the campus. 


Effective immediately, Board Policy 2900 has been rescinded for students. All continuing and new students will not have to provide proof of vaccinations or have an approved exemption on file in order to enroll in classes or to access the colleges or District facilities. Weekly COVID testing for students with vaccination exemptions will no longer be required. 

This means that all of the fencing around campus will be removed, and everyone will be free to enter the campus anywhere they can access an entry point.  

COVID-19 Testing

We will continue to offer COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm in the Student Union, first floor until the end of 2022.  

BELIEVE. ACHIEVE. SUCCEED. We are almost finished with this semester!  

Have a wonderful week.