FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What, where and when is Commencement?

WHAT:  Commencement is the ceremony held at the end of each spring semester to recognize degree and certificate achievement.  All students who apply for graduation are eligible and encouraged to participate in the ceremony.  Participation in the annual commencement ceremony does not indicate the completion of your degree or certificate.

WHERE:  Commencement 2016 will be held at the Brent Carder Marauder Stadium.

WHEN:  Commencement will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2016.  Participants and guests should plan to arrive by 6:00 p.m.  The gates will open at 6:00 p.m.

2.  Will there be another commencement ceremony for 2015-16?

No, this is the only commencement ceremony and it includes those who completed their graduation requirements in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 or will complete them in Summer 2016.  The ceremony will be held rain (wind) or shine.

3.  Do I have to sign up to participate?  

You must apply for graduation online at www.avc.edu/studentservices/graduation.  

4. What is the Commencent Group page?

When you join the Commencement group page you will receive emails updating you on commencement information.  

5.  How do I find the Commencement Group page?

Sign into your myAVC account.  Click the "Groups" icon in the upper right corner of the page, select the "Groups Index" tab, select "Academics" and  Commencement will be on the list on the right side.  Click Commencement and join the group.

6.  Is there a practice and do I have to go?

Yes, there is a practice at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the stadium.  We highly recommend that you attend this practice session but you are not required to do so.

7.  Where do I buy my cap and gown and how much does it cost?

Caps and gowns will be available for purchase in the Marauder Bookstore the Monday after spring break which is April 11, 2016.  The purchase price is $27.95 plus tax.

8.  What other graduation-related items does the Marauder Bookstore carry?

Also available are maroon and silver tassels with a 2016 charm for $4.95 plus tax and maroon and silver announcements are $12.95 plus tax  for a package of five.

9.  What is the required GPA to wear a gold Honor's tassel?

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 is required to wear the gold tassel.  It can be purchased at the Marauder Bookstore for $4.95 plus tax.  Those students that have applied for graduation and qualified for the purchase of an honors tassel will have their name on a list in the bookstore.  The list will not incluce those students with a privacy hold on their account.

10.  What is a privacy hold on my account?

When students register for admission to Antelope Valley College they have the option to have their information kept private.  Go to Admissions & Records and have the privacy option lifted from your account if you would like to have your name printed in the program or on the list if you qualified for a gold tassel.

11.  Where do I order a class ring, invitations, pictures, etc?

We will hold a Grad Finale from 1 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in the Student Lounge in the Student Center building.

Academic Caps and Gowns will be there for you to order rings, invitations, and sourvenirs.

Ultimate Exposures will be taking graduation photos and they will provide the cap and gown for the pictures. Though walk-ins are accepted, please visit www.ultimateexposures.com to make an appointment for a sitting on Aprl 21,2016.

12.  Am I allowed to bedazzle/decorate my cap?

Absolutely as long as it is nothing obscene.

13.  If I graduated last December, do I get a "2015" charm on my tassel?

No.  If you graduated in December 2015, it is still part of the 2015-16 school year and, as such, is a 2016 graduation.

14.  What are the Bookstore hours?

The bookstore is open 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

15.  Do I need tickets to go to the commencement?

No, not at this time.

16.  Can I reserve seats?

Seating is not assigned and is "first come, first serve."  You cannot save seats.

17.  Is parking free?

Yes, parking is free.  We will be using parking lots 1 and 3 which are accessible from Avenue K via Entrances A, B, and C.

18.  Can my family and friends bring coolers?

NO, coolers are not allowed in the stadium - no exceptions.  NO smoking, no drugs, and no alcohol allowed either. 

19.  Will I receive my diploma at commencement?

No, you must pick up your diploma at the graduation office.  Diplomas for spring graduates will be available by the end of July 2016 and for summer graduates by the of September 2016.

Last updated: April 22, 2016