2014 Graduation

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Laney College’s annual commencement is planned under the general supervision of the Vice President of Student Services and coordinated by the Student Activities and Campus Life.

2014 Annual Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 24 | 10:00a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Eagle Stadium: Laney College Football Stadium

  • The deadline to apply for graduation has been extended to March 28th
    Please see a Counselor as soon as possible!
  • Commencement Information will be sent by US Postal mail in April 2014
  • Commencement questions can be directed to Tomoko Roudebush, Director of Student Activities and Campus Life at (510) 464-3536.
  • Please check this website for periodic updates


Graduation is the ceremony associated with receiving or conferring an academic degree. The event is often called “commencement.”

Commencement ceremonies include a procession of the faculty and graduation candidates. At the college and university level, candidates wear academic dress in the form of a cap and gown, as do the faculty and trustees. “Graduation” occurs when the presiding officer confers degrees upon candidates, either individually or en masse.

At many large U.S. institutions, where hundreds of degrees are granted at once, the main commencement ceremony is often followed by smaller diploma ceremonies where diplomas are distributed to the graduates. Another means of handling large numbers of graduates is to have several ceremonies, divided by field of study, instead of one single ceremony.

Typically, each candidate is given a diploma by an academic administrator or an official such as the dean or department head. It is also common for graduates not to receive their actual diploma at the ceremony but rather to receive a certificate indicating that they participated in the ceremony or a portfolio to hold the diploma.

At graduation, a commencement speech is usually given by a student or by an alumnus to the graduating class and their guests. This year we are honored to have Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California system serve as the 2014 commencement speaker.  We look forward to her encouraging words to this year’s graduates!

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