Information for Graduates

Congratulations Graduates! Once a Hornet, Always a Hornet!

On behalf of Fullerton College, we congratulate our fellow Hornets on your accomplishments and the beginning of a new and exciting journey!  All students (graduates and candidates) are required to apply for graduation at Admissions & Records (Bldg. 2000, first floor).  Below is very important information about the Fullerton College Commencement Participant Requirements, Decorum (Event Behavior), Regalia, Rehearsal Information, and the Ceremony (procession, graduate seating, and recession).

Participation Requirements

All students in all programs are required to apply for graduation at Admissions & Records and be approved in order to participate in Commencement.  Upon approval by evaluators at Admissions & Records, all graduates and candidates who are eligible to participate in Commencement will be sent an information packet to the mailing address and email listed on your student portal by the Office of Student Activities.

If you have any questions about your graduation application, degree, and/or have a chance of address, please contact the Admissions & Records Office at (714)905-5162.

Commencement Ceremony Information

The 104th Commencement will take place at Sherbeck Field, Fullerton College on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 9:00 am.  More detailed information will follow and will be sent to each graduate/candidate who has been approved to participate in Commencement.

Regalia – Cap & Gown

If you have been notified that you are eligible to participate in the 2019 Commencement Ceremony at Fullerton College, we highly recommend purchasing your regalia in advance for proper fitting.  Commencement regalia and graduation accessories/gifts will be on sale at the Fullerton College Bookstore beginning March 1, 2019.  You must purchase your regalia from Fullerton College Bookstore.

*Immediately following the ceremony, please consider donating your used cap and gown to future Fullerton College graduates who may not have the funds to purchase next year.  If you wish to donate, you may drop off your cap and gown to the Office of Student Activities (College Center, Room 214, lower level) the week after Commencement on May 29, 2019.

Decorum (Event Behavior)

In order to provide a memorable ceremony for graduates and guests, we ask you for help in making the ceremony a pleasant and positive experience for all.  Please remember that all graduates is expected maintain a measure of decorum consistent with the ceremony:

  • Students must wear appropriate academic regalia or student keeper caps and gowns (purchased only at the FC Bookstore)
  • Items that detract from the ceremony is prohibited (umbrellas, bullhorns, beach balls, large signs, balloons, etc.)
  • All electronic devices should be silenced or turned off during the ceremony
  • Graduates and guests must remain seated until the ceremony concludes unless otherwise instructed during the ceremony
Allowed Items:

The following items are allowed inside Sherbeck Field:

  • Binoculars
  • Blankets
  • Cameras and limited use of camcorders*
  • Cell phones and pagers
  • Cinch sack/drawstring bag
  • Diaper bag (when a child is present)
  • Radios
  • Rain apparel
  • Seat cushions
  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas*
  • Unopened, sealed water bottles

*Umbrellas are permitted only in case of rain. But it is recommended that guests wear raincoats in the unlikely event of sudden, inclement weather.

Prohibited Items

As part of an ongoing commitment to safety and security, and to ensure the enjoyment of all our graduates, their families, and honored guests, Fullerton College will continue to institute policies on items that are permitted in and around Sherbeck Field.

The following items are not permitted sat the Saturday morning Fullerton College Commencement Ceremony:

  • Alcohol
  • Artificial noise makers
  • Backpacks, duffel bags, or tote bags
  • Balloons and balloon bouquets
  • Cans or glass bottles
  • Coolers or large containers
  • Drones or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS):  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibits the operation of any UAS within a 5 mile radius of an airport. Given Fullerton College’s proximity to the Fullerton Municipal Airport, any use of UAS on campus is strictly prohibited by state and federal law
  • Explosives or fireworks
  • Food or beverage (except unopened plastic water bottles)
  • Opened bottles of any kind or other drinking containers
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Silly string (or any variant)
  • Signs or banners
  • Smoking, tobacco, or e-Cigarettes
  • Stadium chairs or seat backs (unless needed for medical reasons with documentation, such as a doctor’s note)
  • Tailgating
  • The throwing of any object at any time (e.g. beach balls)
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Any other items deemed dangerous or inappropriate