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Information for Graduates



Speaker Auditions

Do you want to be one of two students selected to speak at commencement?

Auditions will take place on April 19, 2017 at 1:00pm

Speech Topic:  Los Angeles Valley College gives students an opportunity to develop their skills, to refine their talents, and to celebrate success.  Describe how this relates to your experience.

For more details, call the Office of Student Life at (818) 778-5516.

Cap and Gown Purchase

Caps and gowns may be purchased in the LAVC Bookstore beginning Thursday, May 4, 2017 during the following hours: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost for a cap, gown and tassle is $35 (including tax). Only cash and credit cards will be accepted. No checks. No rental arrangements are available. All students are required to wear the appropriate commencement cap and gown. No exceptions.

Optional LAVC sashes are also available for purchase in the bookstore for $35.

Commencement Announcements

The LAVC Bookstore has blank commencement announcements for purchase.

You are also encouraged to personally invite professors who have helped and inspired you to reach your goals to attend your graduation.

College Rings

Graduates may purchase a college ring from Contact the LAVC Bookstore for information regarding how to order a college ring.  
Phone: (818) 947-2313

Rehearsal and Program

All candidates and graduates are expected to assemble in MONARCH HALL at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday,

June 6th for rehearsal and the processional. Commencement will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. sharp and will end at approximately 10:30 a.m. Students participating in the ceremony must wear commencement regalia.


Fall graduates may have received their diplomas already; however, Spring 2017 candidates should receive their diploma by mail after the start of the Fall semester (approximately in October). Make sure that your address is correct on the Student Information System. To change your address, you need to fill out a change-of-address form in the Admissions Office.

Please note that the Graduation Office will first certify your spring semester grades in order to issue a diploma. Your participation in the commencement ceremony does not indicate you completed all requirements for graduation. In the meantime, if you need proof of graduation, you may request an official copy of your transcripts from the Admissions and Records Office, or you can print an unofficial transcript from the Student Information System.

Diploma Frames

Diploma frames are available for purchase in the LAVC Bookstore for $69.95 each.


During the ceremony, only graduates will be able to take photographs on the stadium field. Photos and videotaping by guests may be done in the stadium stands.

GradImages is the official event photographer. Each student will have an individual photograph taken on stage. To ensure that you get a great picture, walk slowly up the ramp and pause to shake the hand of the College President or College Administrator. Approximately 24 hours after the ceremony, you will receive proofs and ordering information via email. The photographs are available in a variety of packages. After the ceremony there will be two photo stations in the parking lot west of the stadium. This is an excellent time to take pictures with faculty, family, and friends.