Commencement 2018

SBVC's 91st Annual Commencement
SBVC Football Stadium
Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m. (7:00am for grad check-in)

Getting Ready

Who is eligible to participate in Commencement 2018?
Any student who has submitted a graduation application and been approved for the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2017/2018 semesters is invited to participate in commencement activities. If you are eligible to participate, you will receive information from Admissions/Records. Participation is not mandatory; however, we encourage you to attend Commencement.

When and where is the 2018 San Bernardino Valley College Commencement?
Date: Friday, May 25, 2018
Place: SBVC Football Stadium
701 S. Mount Vernon Ave.,
San Bernardino, CA 92410
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Stadium opens at 7:00 a.m. for guests.
(Graduates must check-inside the Athletic Complex).

Where may I purchase Commencement Announcements?
Traditional San Bernardino Valley College Commencement Announcements may be purchased in packs of 10 (Includes 10 inner and 10 outer envelopes) - $12.00* pk. Customized announcement packages are available online at

When and where may I purchase my cap, gown and graduation accessories?
All items may be purchased at the SBVC Campus Store.

For AA/AS & Certificate Graduates:
• Cap, Gown & Tassel Unit (Black)-$42.50*

• Associate Degree Graduation Hood (Black with Silver and Blue Chevron) - $27.50*

For AA/AS Graduates Only:
• Additional blue/silver tassels may be purchased for $5.67.*

• AA/AS/Certificate Gold Honors Cord 3.0 or higher - $12.33*

• AA/AS/Certificate Gold Honors Tassel 3.0 or higher - $5.67*

*Prices do not include sales tax.

Rehearsal & Breakfast Events
On Thursday, May 24, 2018, a complimentary Graduates' Brunch will be held for all graduates in the Campus Center at 9 a.m. Immediately following the brunch, commencement rehearsal will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. in the SBVC Football Stadium.

Ceremony Day
Friday, May 25, 2018
7:00 a.m. Graduates must check in inside the Athletic Complex
9:00 a.m. Commencement processional begins

What is expected of graduates during Commencement?
With everyone’s cooperation, this Commencement will be a proud and happy event for our graduates and guests. The following rules of behavior will be enforced at the ceremony:
* Do not bring purses or bags of any kind for the processional.
1) No smoking or alcoholic beverages allowed. Inebriated students will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
2) Items that are disruptive will not be allowed.
3) Marshals will provide directions for the following:
• Lining up
• Marching into the stadium (Processional)
• Seating
• Receiving diploma covers
• Keeping aisles clear to facilitate easy access to the stage
• Marching out of the stadium (Recessional)
• No purses or bags of any kind for the processional.
To ensure the success of this special occasion, disruptive or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
Students must remain seated until the entire ceremony has concluded.

Do graduates receive their diplomas/certificates at Commencement?
Spring graduates may pick up degrees and certificates in the Administration/Student Services Building, Room 100, beginning June 28, 2018.

Summer 2018 graduates may pick up diplomas and certificates beginning September 11, 2018.


Commencement Day

Are parking permits or event tickets required for the ceremony?
No. Parking permits and event tickets are not required.

Where may we park?
Free parking will be available for everyone during Commencement at the Pro Swap Meet and on campus.

Parking for persons with disabilities is available in Parking Lot #8 near the intersection of Grant and K Streets. Out of respect for our neighbors, please plan on arriving early. We encourage you to refrain from parking on residential streets or in parking lots of neighboring businesses. Parking in residential streets surrounding the campus is by Permit only.

What should I tell my guests is allowed and available in the stadium?
Please tell your family and friends that San Bernardino Valley College will sell flower and balloon bouquets, official college apparel, etc. at the stadium. Concession stands outside the stadium will be open beginning at 8:00 a.m. for families who want to come early and purchase refreshments.

No outside food or beverages allowed in stadium (except water).

No alcoholic beverages will be permitted or sold. Backpacks and bags are subject to search. No banners, signs, balloons, or any other items that block the view of guests may be carried into the stadium or hung on bleacher rails.

Live Webcast
For friends and family members who are unable to attend the ceremony, the SBVC Commencement ceremony will be streamed live online by Radio/TV/Film students and staff at SBVC. On the day of the event, click on the “Commencement” link on the homepage of to watch the one-time broadcast. 

What accommodations are available for persons with disabilities?
The SBVC Football Stadium is accessible to individuals with disabilities and special seatingis available. If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please call in advance: Michelle Crocfer, Disabled Student Programs & Services, (909) 384-8668.

What provisions have been made for emergency health care during Commencement?
In the event of an emergency, please contact a police officer, security officer or usher for assistance or direction to the First Aid Station.

What is the correct way to wear academic attire?
Graduates wear the tassel forward and to the right. The cap is worn with the long point of the shell to the rear. At the conclusion of the program, graduates move their tassels to the left, thus signifying the conferring of the degree. Graduates are asked not to carry purses, bottles, balloons, etc.

What about cameras? May we take pictures during the ceremony?
Yes. You are welcome to bring cameras to Commencement, however, guests may only take pictures from their seats and should take care not to disturb those around them. Only official photographers will be permitted in the graduates’ area or GradImages will photograph each graduate at the ceremony, and proofs will be emailed within five days of the ceremony. If you choose to order, you may do so at, or by calling (800) 261-2576. You may also pre-register before the ceremony at and you will receive $5.00 off your order of $25.00 or more.



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For more information on Commencement, contact the Office of Student Life at 909.384.4474 or