Before its largest graduation class walks across the stage Friday, Bakersfield College will host several pre-commencement celebrations.
Sonya Christian, Bakersfield College president, says there are 1,972 graduates. The 104th commencement begins at 7 p.m Friday at Memorial Stadium.
All living past presidents of BC are expected to be in attendance.
Before students walk across the stage, a number of pre-commencement celebrations will be held. The purpose of each celebration is to recognize the achievements of the graduates and transfer students and give them an opportunity to acknowledge those who have been supportive of their educational endeavors.
The following list includes the time and location of each celebration:
- Chicano/Latino Pre-Commencement Celebration will begin at 3:30 p.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. at the Bakersfield College Outdoor Theatre.
- African American Pre-Commencement Celebration will begin at 3:30 p.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. in the Bakersfield College Indoor Theatre.
- Veterans Pre-Commencement Celebration will begin at 4:00 p.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. in the Bakersfield College Renegade Room.
- Delano Pre-Commencement Celebration will begin at 11:00 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. at DST Building on the Delano Campus.
- Industrial Automation Baccalaureate Degree Pre-Commencement Celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at 6:00 p.m. at Renegade Park on the Bakersfield College campus.
Bakersfield College is located at 1901 Panorama Drive.