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Virtual Recognition Ceremony

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Your Virtual Recognition Ceremony Is On!

"Resilient Times for Brilliant Minds" is the theme for the 2020 Virtual Recognition Ceremony hosted at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, in celebration of your achievements as a member of the 2020 graduating class. The ceremony will be shown at LASC's YouTube page at and our Facebook page at

All of us at LASC are so excited to celebrate your successes and we encourage you to participate in the virtual ceremonies.

Take some time to check out the event program. Don't see your name in the program? Please email us.

Also, take a moment to meet some of LASC's resilient Class of 2020 graduates.

Yes, we understand that the Virtual Recognition Ceremony is not a substitute for the excitement and joy of an in-person ceremony.  Please know that each campus will be inviting you to its 2021 ceremony so that you will also have the opportunity to fully participate in a traditional Commencement exercise.

Graduates or candidates for graduation should monitor their LACCD student email for information on the 2020 Virtual Recognition Ceremony. All grads are invited to submit a picture and quote that will be seen when their names are called. For the virtual recognition ceremony, all participants will receive a 2020 tassel as a grad gift if they participate and RSVP.

How to View The Ceremony
Watch Party Tips

Order Your Cap, Gown, Tassels and/or Sash
Faculty And Staff RSVP


Please click the links below for the most up-to-date information for your celebration and continue to check this webpage for the latest information. 

Virtual Recognition Ceremony FAQs

General Information Caps and Gowns Family and Friends
Participation Timelines and Deadlines Other
Grad Slides Technology  


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

General Information

The Virtual Recognition Ceremony is an alternative recognition 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 recognition ceremony to honor the achievements of the graduating class of 2020.

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 Recognition 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 Recognition 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 Recognition 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 Recognition Ceremony is not an in-person commencement, this ceremony is serving as an online graduation to honor your achievements.

All campus Virtual Recognition Ceremonies are scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2020. The campus ceremony start times will be shared, once they are confirmed.

Each Virtual Recognition 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.

The graduating class of 2020 will be invited back to attend an in-person graduation ceremony in 2021, when it is safe to do so.

No! There are no costs for students to participate, unless you choose to purchase a cap and gown (which isn’t required). We hope you will join us in celebrating your accomplishments online to commemorate your achievements as the graduating class of 2020.​


You will receive an email sent to your LACCD email with all necessary information by Monday, May 11. This email is VERY important. You will have the opportunity to participate online and provide your picture, celebration videos, and more.

If you petitioned for graduation by May 6th, you are eligible to participate in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony. You will receive an email by Monday, May 11 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.

Campuses have the option to print and mail a Recognition Ceremony Program to your home address. Please make sure that you update your mailing address in the SIS portal. This is dependent on the college you attend.

If you petitioned for graduation by May 6th, your name appears within the ceremony. If you RSVP for the virtual recognition ceremony, you will have a slide within the Virtual Commencement Ceremony. If you would like your picture and a video included within the ceremony, please respond by May 20th.

Please use the links emailed to you by Grad Images to provide your picture and personal quote within the ceremony. You will receive a separate email with a link to submit a video for the ceremony.

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.

Yes! Although we encourage you to participate this year, if you do not, you can still walk in the in-person ceremony next year.

Each college has its own petition deadline. Unfortunately, if you did not make the graduation petition deadline set by your college, you cannot participate in the Virtual Recognition 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 it at a later time.


As with a traditional ceremony, the Virtual Recognition 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 picture, a personal quote, and video to be included within the ceremony. Also, you will be able to post comments and watch the ceremony with your friends and family by hosting a viewing party. We also encourage you to host viewing parties (while practicing safe social distancing) with your family and friends!

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 in English will be provided during the Virtual Recognition Ceremony.


This is the slide that will be used to recognize and represent YOU during the Virtual Recognition Ceremony. It will include your name, your major, a personal quote, and a photo if you provide one.

You do not need a picture for the GradSlide, however, we encourage you to send in a picture to have your photo displayed within the ceremony. GradImages will be contacting you by email. Please respond by Wednesday, May 20th.

For your pictures, you should wear what you planned to wear under your gown. We recommend professional, formal, wear.

Yes! Information will be sent to you by email on how to upload your picture and information. Please review the instructions carefully.

If you RSVP’d and responded by the May 20 deadline, your slide will be included in the presentation. All final GradSlides will be available for download on the campus celebration pages. You will receive an email on where you can find your slide.

Caps and Gowns

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

If you purchase a cap and gown 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.

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.

Each campus will address this individually. 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

You must RSVP, provide your photos, and videos by Wednesday, May 20th.

You must provide your photos and videos by Wednesday, May 20th.

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 Recognition 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 the 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 recognition. 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 recognition 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 recognition 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 viewing party while practicing safe social distancing
  • Instructions on how to access the ceremonies on June 9th.
  • Instructions on how to submit a video by May 20th

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, your picture will appear on the screen and your name will be read by the speakers 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! Everyone is welcome to tune in and celebrate your achievements with you!

There is no password required to view the ceremony.


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 2019 summer and fall degrees have been evaluated and awarded and thus are classified as graduates. Students who applied for a 2020 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. 

Academic Honors

Academic honors are determined by the Fall 2019 cumulative grade point average.

Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 graduates are eligible for Commencement Honors.  Academic Honors for Spring 2019 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:

3.30 to 3.59-grade point average: Cum Laude

3.60 to 3.79 GPA: Magna Cum Laude

3.80 to 4.00 GPA: 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 2019 term are used to determine the grade point average.

No, you may only graduate from your home college.

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

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

April 9, 2020

Dear LASC Student:

I hope that you, your family, and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time in our nation’s history as we continue to monitor the coronavirus (CVOID-19) outbreak. 

Since Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) started the process of moving its operations all online almost one month ago, I have fielded hundreds of questions from students. One of the most common is ‘Will we have Commencement?’ I’m writing to assure you that we will have a 2020 Commencement for our graduates.

All students who have worked so hard to walk the Commencement stage will be able to celebrate graduating from Los Angeles Southwest College and loved ones will be able to experience this moment as if they were sitting in the stands at Cougars Stadium. However, I want to clarify that no on-campus commencement will occur this year due to the current health crisis.

I’m not sure what our 2020 Commencement will look like, or its date or its location, but it will rely on creativity that is symbolic of our incredible students. As LASC’s president, I have been asked to lead the District Virtual Commencement Taskforce and am working diligently with the task force to develop a virtual graduation that honors and celebrates your amazing accomplishments.

I’m confident that the Virtual Commencement Taskforce and with the leadership of LASC’s Commencement Committee and its supporters at the Los Angeles Community College District offices we will have a Commencement to remember.

This year's Commencement will not take place on our football field and it may be virtual, but we will do all we can to ensure that the sense of pride that a graduate feels when they receive their diploma will be felt by our graduates again this year.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we chart this new experience. I will share additional information with you about Commencement as I learn it. You are also encouraged to continuously visit LASC’s Commencement webpage for the latest news at

We will get through this together and we will celebrate our Commencement together as one LASC family.

Seher Awan, Ed.D, MBA, MPA

President, Los Angeles Southwest College

April 2, 2020

Dear LACCD Students,

I hope this message finds you and your families well. I wanted to provide you with an important update about Commencement 2020.

Graduating Students – your achievements are very important to us and we want you to have the best commencement possible.

Under the current health and safety conditions, we all know that a traditional commencement with large crowds is not possible, but a celebration is in the works because you deserve the recognition! While no specific plans for a virtual, or rescheduled, commencement have been finalized, your special celebration has our full attention and we will be seeking student input.

We will provide more information as quickly as possible, but know that one way or another, Your Commencement is On!

Congrats to our Class of 2020!

Salud, fuerza y corazón. Health, strength and heart.

Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D. Chancellor,

Los Angeles Community College District