Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what the college degree deadlines are?
All students should consult the college catalog and also the Las Positas College Admissions/Records website. All college deadlines are posted on the Academic Calendar. The deadline to apply for a degree or certificate is Friday, April 6th. If you missed the deadline, immediately contact John Armstrong, Evaluator, 925.424.1547.
What do I do on the day of the event?
Prior to event day, review: Instructions: What to Do the Day of the Event, "How To" Video and "How To" PowerPoint Instructions.
Can I just show up for the Commencement Ceremony?
No. Please review the information above.
Do I Need to Wear a Cap and Gown (regalia)?
Yes. All graduates are required to wear customary graduation garments to participate in the Commencement ceremony.
I have a huge family that wants to see me graduate, is there any way to get extra tickets?
Graduates are allotted up to 3 tickets. The past few years seating capacity has been reached by the end of ticket distribution.
If there are any additional tickets available a message will be posted on the "Important Announcements" web page on Friday afternoon, May 18. Up to two (2) more tickets are available on a first come, first served basis on Monday, May 21, 9 am, Admissions and Records Office.
Room 2420, in Building 2400, is available un-ticketed guests to watch their grads on the live stream screens.
For those guests unable to attend the ceremony, live streaming on your personal device is available. Click the link to the left "Watch the Ceremony on the LPC Live Feed."
I have a family member that just had surgery, is there special seating accommodations?
Yes. Review Guests with Access Mobility Needs.
How long is the ceremony?
The commencement ceremony usually lasts about 2 hours.
Are additional Commencement Programs available?
Upon arrival to the event, staff will distribute one (1) program a family. Additional copies of the program may become available once the event concludes - available at the check-in counters. If there are no extra programs on the counters upon exit, contact Julie Thornburg, Event Coordinator, 925.424.1406, and a program(s) will be mailed to you.
I'd like to give my grad flowers or balloons at the ceremony.
Once the ceremony begins, and the grads are walking in, we ask that you do not distribute anything (e.g., flowers, balloons) until you meet your grad outside after the ceremony. There will be a vendor at the venue selling flowers, etc. Also, if you have a large bouquet and/or balloon(s), do not bring them into the seating area as it will obscure the view of fellow guests. A dedicated area is provided at the venue, at your own risk, to "park" flowers, balloons, strollers, etc.
Is there a First Aid Station in case of an emergency?
Our Student Health and Wellness Center Staff operates a First Aid Station located within the Physical Education Complex during the morning of the ceremony only. Campus Safety and Security Officers are also available. Note: Smoking and vaping use in designated areas only; use of alcohol and illegal substances is prohibited.
Do guests pay for parking?
Parking is complimentary, in all lots, the day of the event. However, parking regulations for all red and green curbs, as well as disabled and staff spaces are enforced. Click for Campus Map.
Are pets allowed at the ceremony?
For health and safety reasons, animals are not allowed at the graduation ceremony unless they are registered guide dogs and arrangements have been made in advance with our Campus Safety and Security Office and the Office of the Vice President of Student Services. Contact Julie Thornburg, Event Coordinator, 925.424.1406.