Porterville College

people sitting


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. Each graduate participating in the ceremony will need to stop by the Admissions and Records Office to complete their required informational card prior to the ceremony. Additional information will be addressed in the letter sent out to graduates. The name card will display the name, degree and major as it will be printed on the diploma and the commencement program. If the candidates have any questions regarding their major or name on the diploma they are to go to the Admissions and Records Office.

Tickets are not required for graduation.


Graduation photos can be viewed and ordered online from Ultimate Exposures at www.ultimateexposures.com


Diplomas will not be handed out at the ceremony. It will take approximately two months for the diplomas to be printed although student records are posted sooner.

Ceremony Information

Candidates will assemble at 6:30 p.m. at the Student Center. Please arrive with your cap and gown. Your name card will be picked up outside the Student Center. Your name card will be handed to the Dean announcing your name during the ceremony. Balloons are not allowed to be carried by candidates. Please be sure to wear appropriate shoes for the all-weather track; NO spike heels.

Graduation Regalia

(Caps/Gowns/Announcements/Diploma Covers)

The graduation regalia may be purchased in the Porterville College Bookstore. Participants must wear the regalia currently purchased at the PC Bookstore. The fee for the regalia is approximately $50 - $60. They also sell announcements for $6.98 (pack of 5). Price is subject to change. If you are a military veteran, you will be given a “Veteran’s Rope” to wear with your academic regalia. Students who were inducted into the Veterans Honor Society will wear their SALUTE stole during the ceremony. Please see the Veterans Resource Center to find out how to receive your veterans rope.

Helpful Information for Candidates' Guests:

From HWY 190 take the Main Street (or Porterville College) exit. Turn left on Main and another left on College Avenue.
Jamison Stadium and Porterville College Parking Lots. Parking permits are not required.
Jamison Stadium:
The stadium is handicap accessible.
Graduation gifts:
Porterville College Bookstore will be selling graduation gifts at the west side entrance prior to the ceremony.


Kern Community College District