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Graduation at Allan Hancock College

Congratulations to the 99th graduating class at Allan Hancock College!

The 2020 graduation ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, 2020. 

MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2020

2020 Commencement Ceremony 

Allan Hancock College is happy to announce that the college will host an in-person graduation ceremony on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

This unique graduation program will feature a combination of drive-through, on-stage, and live-streamed events for the ceremony. During the ceremony, graduates will be able to drive up to the college, walk across the stage to receive their diploma, and take an official photograph. Hancock will hold this ceremony at multiple times during the day and enforce strict social distancing guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all graduates and their families.

Graduates who want to participate, must RSVP by Friday, July 10, 2020 if you plan to participate in commencement on August 12, 2020.

Please RSVP: 2020 Graduation

Hancock will provide additional details and information in the coming weeks. The college's ask that graduates make sure to regularly check their myHancock email for important commencement information, and make sure their email and mailing addresses are up to date in Canvas.

Hancock’s administrators, faculty, and staff thank our 2020 graduates for their understanding and patience while the college worked to plan a safe in-person commencement ceremony. We are excited to celebrate with our graduates on August 12!


2020 Commencement Ceremony Update

You spoke, and we listened.

Several weeks ago, AHC administration held an open forum with students to get their input about holding a commencement ceremony, given the college's current limitations on social gatherings due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The students were loud and clear: a virtual celebration has limited appeal, and receiving a diploma in person is important to students, their family, and their community. So the challenge for for Hancock is to create an experience that honors student's wishes while keeping everyone safe.

This cannot happen in person in the foreseeable future, so Hancock is postponing commencement until a later date so the college can explore ways to celebrate safely in person. We hope this can happen in August before the next school year begins. We are watching what other colleges are doing nationwide for ideas that we can adapt here at Hancock. Details will follow once we have a clear picture of when it is safe to gather again.

In the meantime, the college is encouraging students to find creative ways to celebrate their graduation in ways that are safe, celebratory, and meaningful. Caps and gowns will be available at the college bookstore starting the May 18, 2020; gold tassels (3.5 GPA or higher) will be available May 28, 2020. Hancock encourages graduates to post pictures online, tag the college, and use the hashtag #AHCGrad2020.

Hancock thanks all the students who provided input into this process and the elected student representatives in ASBG who provided leadership throughout this important discussion. Hancock will continue to work to find a way to effectively celebrate this major milestone for our 2020 graduates in person.

 Questions?  please call 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3650.