2016 Graduation

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Laney College’s annual commencement is planned under the general supervision of the Office of the Vice President of Student Services.

2016 Annual Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 28, 2016

10:00am- 12:00pm , Laney Football Field


Graduation Ceremony Rehearsal

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

1:00 pm  – 2:30 pm

Odell Johnson  Performing Arts Center, Laney College


      • Check for periodic updates for the 2016 Laney College Commencement on the website.
      • Questions about 2016 Laney College Commencement can be directed to Kevin J. Wade, Director, Student Activities & Campus Life at 510-464-3188 or 510-464-3536.



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.  We look forward to her encouraging words to this year’s graduates!

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