Frequently Asked Questions  

3.31.21 - LAHC -Virtual-Graduation-FAQS - SPRING-2021 rev.pdf


Questions:  Email lahcgraduation@lahc.edu

PARTICIPATION

1.       How do I participate in the Virtual Graduation Ceremony?

    • First, submit your graduation petition by the priority deadline, March 26, 2021.  (Meeting this deadline ensures your name is called during Virtual Commencement Ceremony). Although you can still petition for graduation, through May 5, you will graduate but your name and image may not be included in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony. 
      1. Should you submit your petition AFTER the priority deadline, be sure to complete the next item: Complete the 2021 Virtual Commencement/Graduation Form.  See second bullet.
    • Second, complete the 2021 Virtual Commencement/Graduation Form to personalize your slide. Submit your information for the Commencement/Graduation Slides by DEADLINE: APRIL 20, 6 pm
    • You will receive an email, sent to your LACCD email address with details on how to apply for Graduation and personalize your graduation slide for the Virtual Graduation Ceremony. These emails are VERY important. Be sure to check your email and look out for updates

2.       How do I find out if I am eligible to participate?

    • If you petitioned for graduation by LAHC's graduation deadline (March 26, 2021), you are eligible to participate in the Virtual Graduation Ceremony.
    • Please make sure to complete the Personalization of your graduation slide by completing the  2021 Virtual Commencement/Graduation Form to submit your information for the Commencement/Graduation Slides.  DEADLINE: APRIL 20, 6 pm.

3.       Will a program be printed?

    • No. The program will be emailed to your LACCD email address in pdf format.

4.       What information will be included on my slide?

  • The following will be included in the slide:  Name, degree(s)/certificate(s) earned, transfer information* (if applicable), honors (if applicable).  The * item is what you can personalize along with adding your picture if you complete the 2021 Virtual Commencement/Graduation Form - DEADLINE: APRIL 20, 6 pm

 

5.       Will my name be announced?

    • Yes, if you meet the above deadlines.  Please be mindful of the deadlines.

6.       If I could not meet Virtual Graduation deadlines, can I still participate?

    • No.  You can watch it, but unfortunately, your name will not be listed or called.

7.       What do I do if I log in late?

    • There is no login required. If you begin viewing the ceremony late, you may miss speakers or your name being called. However, the video will be posted, so you can watch at a later time.

8.       How and when do I get my diploma?

  • Diplomas will be mailed during the first week of September 2021.
    • IMPORTANT – Your diploma will be mailed according to the address you indicated on the graduation petition.  Please ensure you inform your evaluator of any address change.

9.       How will my name appear on my diploma?

    • Your name will appear on your diploma as it appears in the SIS portal.

10.   Will there be ASL interpreters available for the Virtual Graduation Ceremony?

    • Closed captioning will be provided during the Virtual Graduation Ceremony.

PICTURE SUBMISSION
Personalize your graduation slide by completing the 2021 Virtual Commencement/Graduation Form to submit your information for the Commencement/Graduation Slides.

CAP AND GOWN / HONORS

  1. Where do I get my cap and gown?
    1. Cap and gown are Available in the Seahawk Shop (Bookstore).  No Shipping Charges for 2021.
    2. They are available for purchase NOW.  Items will be shipped to your.
    3. 2021 – Thank you to ASO, the first 500 students to order their cap and gown will receive the LAHC Sash FREE. 
       
  2. What are the requirements for Dean's Honor, President's Honor and President's Distinguished?
    • President's Distinguished / Honor Cords - 3.7 GPA overall in ALL course work at Harbor
      • The gold honors cord is not for sale as it is a gift from LAHC and only eligible students receive it.
      • Due to our locations being non-accessible due to COVID, at this time, we are not able to release the honors cords.
      • Once we are able to access our supply and the confirmation list is available, we will be mailing out the honors cord to eligible students. Thank you for your understanding.
    • President's Honor Certificate Awardees - 3.5 GPA for 3 consecutive Semesters
      • Due to our locations being non-accessible due to COVID, certificates will be emailed to student's LACCD email address once the list is available.
    • Dean's Honor Certificate Awardees - 3.5 GPA for the Fall 2020 Semester
      • Due to our locations being non-accessible due to COVID, certificates will be emailed to student's LACCD email address once the list is available.
         
GENERAL INFORMATION
1.   What is a Virtual Graduation Ceremony?
    • The Virtual Graduation Ceremony is in place of our in-person commencement (graduation) ceremonies for each of the nine Los Angeles Community College District colleges. This is an online or virtual graduation ceremony to honor the achievements of the graduating class of 2021.

2.      Why are we doing this instead of a "regular" Commencement?

    • Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health emergency, public orders requiring social distancing, and prohibiting large public gatherings to prevent the potential community spread of the virus, a traditional, in-person ceremony is not possible. The Virtual Graduation Ceremony will allow all of the colleges to recognize our students and their achievements safely online, while allowing family and friends to celebrate with their graduates.

3.      What is the difference between the Virtual Graduation Ceremony and a traditional Graduation/Commencement Ceremony?

  • The Virtual Graduation Ceremony will be ON-LINE to ensure the health and safety of our graduates and their families. Our traditional graduation/commencement ceremonies are in-person, however that is not possible this year due to the current pandemic. The Virtual Graduation Ceremony will be an online recognition of graduates with opportunities for friends and family to engage in the online ceremony.
  • The Virtual Graduation Ceremony is in place of our in-person commencement (graduation) ceremonies for each of the nine Los Angeles Community College District colleges. This is an online or virtual graduation ceremony to honor the achievements of the graduating class of 2021.

4.      If this is not a commencement, does it mean I am not graduating?

    • If you petitioned to graduate and meet the requirements of graduation, then you WILL graduate this year. Although the Virtual Graduation Ceremony is not an in-person commencement, this ceremony is serving as an online graduation to honor your achievements.

5.      When is the Virtual Graduation Ceremony scheduled to take place?

    • All campus Virtual Graduation Ceremonies are scheduled for Tuesday, June 8, 2021 – 5 pm. The LAHC Ceremony start time will be shared once it is confirmed.

6.      How long is this Virtual Graduation Ceremony?

    • The LAHC Virtual Graduation Ceremony will be approximately two hours long. The length of the ceremony depends on the total number of graduates for the college.

7.      When will there be an in-person graduation?

    • At this time, no in-person ceremony will be held for the graduating class of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

8.      Are there any costs to participating in this Virtual Graduation Ceremony?

    • No! There are no costs for students to participate. We hope you will join us in celebrating your accomplishments online to commemorate your achievements as the graduating class of 2021.

9.      Will there be ASL interpreters available for the Virtual Graduation Ceremony?

  • Closed captioning will be provided during the Virtual Graduation Ceremony.