Porterville College

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Cap and Gown Information


As the Commencement Ceremony is approaching this Friday, May 10th, please note that the weather forecast currently shows the possibility of rain. The ceremony is still going to be held at the Jamison Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Although the college has three degree-granting periods, Porterville College holds only one commencement ceremony each year in May. 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.

The Porterville College 2019 Commencement Ceremony will take place Friday, May 10th at 7:30 p.m.  The stadium gates will open at 6:00 p.m. for guests of the graduates to find seating.  (Graduates will gather in the SCCR prior to walking over to the Stadium)


Pictures will be taken in the Student Center Conference Room the afternoon of graduation at 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Grad Cards must be presented to the photographer to get your picture. Pictures will not be taken after 6 pm so please arrive at 4 pm. If you choose not to take your picture, please arrive promptly to the Student Center at 6:30 p.m. to check-in at the registration table. Graduation photos can be viewed and ordered online from Ultimate Exposures at www.ultimateexposures.com

Brunch for Graduates

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. Brunch is free for graduating students only. 

Commencement Practice

Practice will be held at the Stadium Friday morning, May 10th at 10 a.m. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

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. The ceremony takes place on the grass area inside the Stadium.

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. In addition, 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.

Graduation Regalia
(Caps/Gowns/Announcements/Diploma Covers)

Barnes and Noble Bookstore will offer a commencement package for sale. Cap, gown and tassel will cost $49.98 plus tax. Individual items are also available for sale: Cap $12.98, tassel $6.98 or bling tassel $10.98. A sample cap and gown are available to try on in the bookstore. Personalized announcements are available for order (please allow 7-10 business days for processing and delivery). Contact the bookstore for information on purchasing announcements. Porterville College caps and gowns are mandatory to participate in commencement. Please note that no decorations are allowed on your cap during the ceremony.

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.

Honors 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.


Your diploma will not be issued to you until all grades are final. You will be handed a diploma cover at commencement. A notice will be sent to your college assigned email account notifying you when to pick up your diploma at the Admissions and Records Office.

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.