Virtual Graduation Ceremony

 Commencement photo  

Spring 2021 Grads Invited To Drive-Thru Diploma Distribution Day

In an effort to provide our Spring 2021 graduates with an opportunity to personally receive their diplomas and/or certificates, the LASC Cougars will have a "Cougar Drive-Thru Diploma Distribution Day" event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, September 17, in front of the Student Services Building (Western Avenue gate entrance).

Diploma and/or certificate, and commencement program will be delivered to each student in their vehicle during a festive and socially distanced environment as they will be cheered on by faculty members and classified professionals.  All vehicle occupants entering the campus must wear a face mask and/or face covering.

Spring 2021 graduates should check their Los Angeles Community College District email for more information.

After you receive your commencement material, graduates will have an opportunity to take photographs by yourself on the Graduation Step & Repeat.

You are welcome to wear your cap and gown to enjoy this festive and fun event but not required.

Please note that the Admissions & Records Office will be closed on Friday, September 17, 2021, as employees will be participating in the Cougar Drive-Thru Diploma Distribution event. 

2021 Virtual Recognition Ceremony FAQs

All students who have worked so hard to reach Graduation will be able to celebrate their accomplishment virtually at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at our Virtual Graduation Ceremony.

Take a moment to learn more about some of our Class of 2021 graduates, check out the event program,or watch the ceremony

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If you have immediate questions, contact LASC's Vice President of Student Services, Dr. Howard Irvin, at

General Information On A Virtual Recognition 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.

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.

The Virtual Graduation Ceremony will be ALL ONLINE 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.

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.

All campus Virtual Graduation Ceremonies are scheduled for Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The LASC campus ceremony will start at 4pm.

Each Virtual Graduation Ceremony will be approximately two and a half hours long. The length of the ceremony is dependent on the number of graduates for the college.

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

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.


You will receive an email sent to your LACCD email address from your campus no later than the end of April 2021. This email is VERY important. You will have the opportunity to participate online and provide your picture and other information for your graduation slide. Be sure to check your email!

If you petitioned for graduation by your college’s graduation deadline, you are eligible to participate in the Virtual Graduation Ceremony. You will receive an email no later than the end of April 2021 with more information on how to participate.

No, you do not need to apply again to be included in the virtual graduation. However, you do need to engage with the activities emailed to you in order to have your picture and video included.

Los Angeles Southwest College will have a printed program for our Virtual Graduation Ceremony. This will be mailed to each student graduate along with their diploma.

You will be allowed to submit a picture and personal quote. Your degree(s) will also be displayed on your slide.

Yes, if you petitioned to graduate by March 26th, your name will be announced.

Yes! If you RSVP’d and submitted your information to Grad Images, your name will be read during the ceremony and if you submit a picture and video, those will also be included while your name is read during the ceremony. Please send your pictures and videos by May 20th.

If you choose not to participate in the Virtual Recognition Ceremony by not providing your information, your name will appear at the end of the presentation with a list of other students. However, your name will NOT be read aloud if you do not RSVP.

Each college has its own petition deadline. Unfortunately, if you did not make the graduation petition deadline set by your college, you will not be recognized in the Virtual Graduation Ceremony this year.

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.

As with a traditional ceremony, the Virtual Graduation Ceremony has designated speakers for each campus. You will not have the opportunity to say anything during the ceremony, however you will be able to submit your information for inclusion within the ceremony. Also, you will be able to post encouraging comments and watch the ceremony remotely with your friends and family by hosting a virtual viewing party.

Once your final grades are posted and the Registrar’s Office confirms that you have met the requirements of graduation, you will be mailed your diploma to your home address. Please make sure that you update your mailing address in the SIS portal.

Closed captioning will be provided during the Virtual Graduation Ceremony.

  Picture Submission

We recommend professional, formal wear or your cap and gown. You do have the opportunity to take a professional picture with a photographer if you would like to do so. You can make an appointment here: They are offering a special discount to LACCD students!

Caps and Gowns

 No, you do not need a cap and gown to participate.

If you purchase a cap and gown online through the campus bookstore, it will be mailed to your home address. Please make sure that you update your mailing address in the SIS portal. You can order your cap and gown from the LASC Bookstore here.

If you would like to purchase a cap and gown, you can do so online through our campus bookstore at

No, if you purchase a cap and gown, it is yours to keep.

This will vary by program. Please be sure to update your mailing address in the SIS portal, so that any items can be mailed to your home.

Times and Deadlines

The LASC petition for graduation deadline is March 26th. The final date to submit your picture and personal quote for inclusion within the ceremony is April 21st.

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 it at a later time.


No special software is needed to participate. The Virtual Graduation Ceremonies will be broadcasted on Facebook and YouTube.

You will need an internet browser if you are using your computer to view the ceremony. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer can all be used to view the ceremony. Using your computer, you would open an internet browser of your choice and can then navigate to the Facebook Page of the College you are graduating from at the prescribed start time. You would then be able to view ceremony live. You can also navigate to the YouTube channel of the College you are graduating from to view the ceremony.

Yes! You can open up your Facebook app and go to the Facebook page for the college you are graduating from at the start time of the ceremony to view the graduation. You can also open your YouTube app and go to the YouTube Channel for the College you are graduating from at the prescribed start time of the ceremony to view the ceremony. You can also use internet browsers from your phone to navigate to Facebook or YouTube to watch the ceremonies.

There is no capacity limit for the number of viewers watching and participating in Facebook and YouTube ceremonies.

The campus commencement committees are working closely with the District Virtual Commencement Taskforce to create the graduation ceremonies. No additional technology requirements are needed from the campuses except for the Facebook and YouTube logins, provided to the vendor assisting with the development of the virtual graduation ceremony.

Yes, the LACCD District IT Department will provide support on the day of the ceremony. A unique helpdesk email address will be shared closer to the ceremony.

Yes, you can navigate to either Facebook or YouTube in advance of the ceremony to ensure you can view the pages.

You should not have any issues with logging in as a login is not required for Facebook or YouTube. You would be using your own, personal account to view the ceremonies. If you need assistance with login information, you would contact Facebook and/or YouTube directly for assistance.

Yes! The following resources are available for you:

  • E-Invitation you can send to your friends and family on how to view the ceremony
  • Tips on how to throw a fun virtual viewing party
  • Instructions on how to access the ceremonies on June 8th

Yes! Both Facebook and YouTube allow for closed captioning. The ceremony will be ADA compliant on both platforms.​

Family And Friends

Friends and family can view the ceremony on Facebook or YouTube. They just need to go to the Facebook or YouTube page of the college you are graduating from at the start time of the ceremony to start viewing

If you choose to participate in the virtual graduation, you will be recognized as part of the ceremony. Your family and friends can tune in and cheer for you using Facebook and YouTube. We also recommend hosting a virtual viewing party using the tips provided to you.

There is no limit to how many guests you can invite to view the ceremony virtually! Everyone is welcome to tune in and celebrate your achievements with you!

There is no password required to view the ceremony.


March 11, 2021

Dear LACCD Colleagues,

Our Virtual Graduation Ceremony is on!  I am proud to share that the Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.  Each of the nine colleges is planning a memorable Virtual Graduation Ceremony that is testament to your hard work, your professionalism, and your persistence to deliver on our higher education promise to our students.

Going virtual is necessary because of the current health and safety restrictions placed on us.  However, it will not curtail our immense pride in recognizing the achievements of our students, and their family and friends.  All ceremonies will be live-streamed on social media on June 8, with additional information and links on how to access the ceremonies from the colleges’ social media platforms.

The Board of Trustees, the College Presidents, and I wish you the very best for a strong finish to this semester and we look forward to seeing you on June 8.  We hope that the 2021 Virtual Graduation Ceremony will celebrate this significant milestone for our students with a special event befitting of your outstanding resilience and resolve.

LACCD Proud.

With admiration and respect,

Signature for Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.


Los Angeles Community College District

No, you may only graduate from your home college.

You can ONLY be recognized in the ceremony of your home college where you are awarded your degree.

We encourage you to participate in this celebration and graduation ceremony. However, if you are unable to participate, you will still receive your degree in the mail if you meet the requirements for graduation.

You can contact your campus Virtual Graduation Representative listed below:

Howard Irvin,

Conferring of Degrees

Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) awards the Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Arts for Transfer (A.A.-T.), and Associate of Science for Transfer (A.S.-T.) degrees in selected curricula to indicate the satisfactory completion of 60 or more units of course credits. 

LASC's Counseling Office and the Office of Admissions & Records will evaluate all petitions for graduation to determine eligibility for A.A., A.S., A.A.-T as well as A.S-T. degrees. 

Students who applied for 2020 summer and fall degrees have been evaluated and awarded and thus are classified as graduates. Students who applied for a 2021 spring degree will be evaluated once the semester’s final grades have been submitted and thus are classified as candidates for graduation.

Graduates and candidates for graduation will receive a commemorative diploma cover at the Commencement ceremony to symbolize the conferring of a degree.

Once final grades have been reviewed and applied to transcripts, the Office of Admissions & Records will send a letter to students indicating that their degrees are ready and may be picked up in the Admissions & Records Office at LASC. A graduate's degree information will also be posted on your official transcript. 

Petitioning for Graduation

All students who believe they have met degree requirements must complete a graduation petition in order to receive their degree.  All coursework must be completed or in progress to be completed at the time of filing. The first day to file a graduation petition follows the last day to add a class.

Coursework completed at institutions outside the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) must be documented with an official transcript filed in LASC's Office of Admissions and Records. 

Graduation Honors

Graduation honors are determined by the Fall 2020 cumulative grade point average.

Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 graduates are eligible for Commencement Honors.  Academic Honors for Spring 2021 graduates will be represented on student transcripts as well as on degrees once final grades are posted. 

Los Angeles Southwest College is governed by the National Honors Society to issue Academic Honors at the Commencement ceremony in the following manner:

3.5 - 3.69 grade point average:  Cum Laude

3.7 - 3.89 grade point average : Magna Cum Laude

3.9 or higher grade point average: Summa Cum Laude  

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

The valedictorian is the graduate with the highest grade point average in this class. 

The salutatorian has the second-highest grade point average. 

Final grades through the Fall 2020 term are used to determine the grade point average.