Graduation and Commencement

commencement ceremony

The 2024 Porterville College Commencement Ceremony will be held
Friday, May 10 Starting at 7:00 PM Inside Jamison Stadium.

 

 

 

The Porterville College faculty, staff, and administrators are excited to honor the Graduating Class of 2024 at the commencement ceremony to be held on Friday, May 10, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at the Porterville College Jamison Stadium. Listed below are important details you need to understand in order to participate.

 

GRADUATION PROGRAM April 15th will be the last day to request any name changes in the program that will be distributed during the ceremony. Please contact the Admissions & Records Office by April 15th with any name change requests.


COMMENCEMENT PACKAGES  AVAILABLE NOW – The PC Gear Shop (UGS) has Commencement packages available online now at https://porterville.getugear.com/s/shop.  UGS will offer your Cap Gown and Tassel for $64.95+tax. Individual Items are also available for sale: Regular Tassel - $8.95, Cap - $10.95, Bling Tassel - $16.95 Porterville College Regalia is required to participate in commencement.”  You may also purchase your cap and gown at UGS on campus during the Grad Fair on April 23rd and 24th. Porterville College caps and gowns are mandatory to participate in commencement.


GRAD FAIR, APRIL 23 & 24 – The PC Grad Fair will be held from 1:00 PM – 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 23, and 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM on Wednesday, April 24. The Grad Fair will include opportunities for you to purchase regalia and other items, take graduation photos and participate in other activities including graduation cap decorating (as supplies last).
 

ASPC GRADUATE BRUNCH – A brunch, sponsored by ASPC, will be held in your honor Friday, May 10th from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the Student Center/Cafeteria. Brunch is free for graduating students only. Please visit https://tinyurl.com/ASPCGradBrunch to RSVP. Commencement Practice will be held right after the ASPC Graduate Brunch.


COMMENCEMENT PRACTICE – Practice will be held at the Stadium Friday morning, May 10th at 10 a.m. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. If you are unable to attend practice, call Enrollment Services at the number listed below to receive important information.

 

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY – Please arrive promptly to the Gym between 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. to check-in at the registration table. During check-in you will receive a Grad Card with a QR code and Graduation Picture instructions. Pictures will be taken during the Graduation Ceremony. During the commencement ceremony the Grad Card will be handed to the individual announcing the names of graduates. Please be sure to wear appropriate shoes for the stadium, i.e., no spiked heels. Dinner will be served to all graduates in the Gym from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. the day of the ceremony.

In consideration of other graduates and attending guests, please inform family and friends to leave balloons in their vehicles until after the ceremony. Balloons in the stadium block the view of guests sitting behind them. Also, we ask that no noise-making devices (i.e., air horns, whistles, etc.) be used during the ceremony as this disrupts the commencement ceremony. Thank you in advance for cooperating.


PTK STUDENTS – PTK students may purchase their regalia (stole and tassel) directly from the website here, https://store.ptk.org/product-category/grad/. Students will need their PTK membership number to access and purchase graduation regalia.

 

VETERAN STUDENTS – If you are a military Veteran, you will be given a stole and rope to wear with your academic regalia. YOU MUST purchase your own graduation regalia: cap, gown, and tassel. Please see Katherine Figueroa in the Veterans Resource Center (AC 116) for distribution.

 

HONOR GRADUATES – Students who have completed at least 60 units in degree applicable letter graded courses with at least 12 of those units at Porterville College and who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Students will be identified in the Commencement Program as an Honors Graduate. Students receiving the Honors Graduate recognition will receive a separate email from the Admissions and Records Office with instructions to obtain the honorary tassel.


DIPLOMAS – Your diploma will not be issued to you until all grades are final. A notice will be sent to your college assigned email account notifying you when your diploma will be mailed and when the electronic version will be available in Certree.  All diplomas will be mailed.

 

CONCESSION STANDS – During commencement student activities will be selling drinks and snacks. Please let your families know that it will be cash only.


In consideration of other graduates and attending guests, please inform family and friends to leave balloons in their vehicles until after the ceremony. Balloons in the stadium block the view of guests sitting behind them. Also, we ask that no noise-making devices (i.e., air horns, whistles, etc.) be used during the ceremony as this disrupts the commencement ceremony. Thank you in advance for cooperating.

 

Please contact the Admissions and Records office concerning your degree, major, honor recognition or ceremony participation at (559) 791-2220 or pcar@portervillecollege.edu.

 


General Information

Although the college has three degree-granting periods, Porterville College holds only one commencement ceremony each year in May. Students do not have to participate to receive a degree or diploma.

All students who complete a degree in either Fall or Spring of that academic year are eligible to participate. Students must have submitted a Degree Evaluation Petition to the Admissions & Records Office by the posted deadline. Participation in commencement does not guarantee a degree. A final evaluation is done prior to the posting of degrees. It will take approximately two months for the diplomas to be printed although student records are posted sooner.

Candidates will receive a letter via their student email with important commencement information. 

Tickets are not required for graduation.

Photos

Graduation photos can be viewed and ordered online from Ultimate Exposures.  Check your student email for a link to sign up for Grad Pictures.  

 

Diplomas

Your diploma will not be issued to you until all grades are final. A notice will be sent to your college assigned email account notifying you when your diploma will be mailed and when the electronic version will be available in Certree.  All diplomas will be mailed.

 

Ceremony Information

Please arrive promptly to the Gym between 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. to check-in at the registration table. During check-in you will receive a Grad Card with a QR code and Graduation Picture instructions. Pictures will be taken during the Graduation Ceremony. During the commencement ceremony the Grad Card will be handed to the individual announcing the names of graduates. Please be sure to wear appropriate shoes for the stadium, i.e., no spiked heels. Dinner will be served to all graduates in the Gym from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. the day of the ceremony.

In consideration of other graduates and attending guests, please inform family and friends to leave balloons in their vehicles until after the ceremony. Balloons in the stadium block the view of guests sitting behind them. Also, we ask that no noise-making devices (i.e., air horns, whistles, etc.) be used during the ceremony as this disrupts the commencement ceremony. Thank you in advance for cooperating.

 

Concession stands: During commencement student activities will be selling drinks and snacks. Please let your families know that it will be cash only.

 

Graduation Regalia

COMMENCEMENT PACKAGES  AVAILABLE NOW – The PC Gear Shop (UGS) has Commencement packages available online now at https://porterville.getugear.com/s/shop.  UGS will offer your Cap Gown and Tassel for $64.95+tax. Individual Items are also available for sale: Regular Tassel - $8.95, Cap - $10.95, Bling Tassel - $16.95 Porterville College Regalia is required to participate in commencement.”  You may also purchase your cap and gown at UGS on campus during the Grad Fair on April 23rd and 24th. Porterville College caps and gowns are mandatory to participate in commencement.

If you are a military Veteran, you will be given a stole and rope to wear with your academic regalia. YOU MUST purchase your own graduation regalia: cap, gown, and tassel. Please see Katherine Figueroa in the Veterans Resource Center (AC 116) for distribution.

Helpful Information for Candidates' Guests:

Directions:
From HWY 190 take the Main Street (or Porterville College) exit. Turn left on Main and another left on College Avenue.
Parking:
Jamison Stadium and Porterville College Parking Lots. Parking permits are not required.
Jamison Stadium:
The stadium is handicap accessible.