We are working on a Virtual Graduation for the Class of 2020. This will allow graduates and all of their loved ones an opportunity to participate in the commencement ceremony. Please be patient with us as this is a whole new experience and we want to make sure that it will be as memorable as our ceremonies have been in the past. Please visit this page as often as you like, as the Office of Student LIfe will be updating any important information in regards to the ceremony. 


Below are the links to the Virtual Commencement Ceremony

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Virtual Commencement Ceremony 2020: Friday, May 29, 2020

Find out how to login. Instructions for graduates and guests on how to view the Commencement ceremony.




Graduate Slides 

Template of Graduate slide for Virtual Commencement Ceremony.

A slide with your graduation information will be on screen when your name is called (see sample). In order for this to work, we would like for you to complete the Google form where you will include a brief message and a photo. The preferred picture would come from a professional style camera shot vertically or for cell phone photos, take the picture vertically in portrait mode. The preference is to wear your cap and gown, as it is a graduation ceremony. However, REGALIA IS NOT REQUIRED, but if you don't send a picture you stock picture (Hartnell Building) will be used when your name is called.

* If you haven't submitted your information please submit pictures ASAP. Refer to emails sent by Director of The Office of Student Life. 


Virtual Commencement Ceremony Q&A

Why is Hartnell College hosting a Virtual Commencement Ceremony?

After careful consideration about the several options, which included cancelling or postponing, a decision was made to host a Virtual Commencement Ceremony to celebrate the Centennial Class of 2020. This is a special graduating class as it commemorates the 100th year of the founding of the college, and it can only happen one year. Thus, a virtual option was the best choice.

When is the Virtual Commencement ceremony?

The Virtual Commencement Ceremony will go live on Friday, May 29, at a time to be announced. The ceremony can be viewed through many social media platforms including: YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. More details and instructions on how to prepare for viewing on those platforms will be sent a week before the ceremony.

What is a virtual commencement ceremony?

A Virtual Commencement Ceremony is a graduation event that is viewed remotely, and through many of your electronic devices via social media. It allows family & friends who are unable to attend an in-person ceremony the opportunity to view their graduates and share this momentous event.

 What is the difference between an in-person and virtual ceremony?

The program for both graduation formats is the same. Both have a program that includes all the components of a tradition graduation ceremony. The virtual ceremony will have every component pre-recorded.

What are the benefits of a virtual ceremony?

  • The Virtual Ceremony is pre-recorded and will be available to be viewed on the May 29th, and any day after that.
  • The ceremony will be delivered based on your Academic Area, therefore there will be five versions of the ceremony, all with the same program except the graduates names will be called only for those academic areas. For example, if you are an Engineering major, you will open the link to the STEM Virtual Commencement Ceremony.
  • The length of each individual ceremony will be shortened and more enjoyable.
  • The ceremony will be viewed in the comfort of your own homes.
  • You can share the link with your family and friends, and can be viewed anywhere there is viewing capabilities.

Do I have to participate?

You will automatically participate as you will have an individual slide where your degree information will be displayed. If you choose, you can send a picture and message which will be displayed on your slide once your name is called. If you choose not to send a picture, we will use a stock picture (Hartnell Building) and a stock message.

Do I have to buy a cap and gown?

It is your graduation ceremony, and we want you to experience the ceremony as if it was an in-person at your home. You are encouraged to wear your regalia I the picture you send in, however, it is not required. If you choose not to purchase the cap and gown, you will still be able to participate in the virtual graduation, just send in any picture you would like displayed.

What are the picture requirements?

All pictures should be appropriate for all audiences as this event will be viewed by people from all ages. Your picture will reviewed and you will be notified if a retake is necessary.

How will I view the ceremony?

The ceremony will be ready for viewing on Friday, May 29. Details about the release time will be shared a week before the viewing date. The ceremony will be viewed on several social media platforms (YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram). Instructions will be sent to you a week prior in order for you to ensure your technology is compatible with viewing the ceremony.

Who will have access to view the ceremony?

Anyone who has social media access will be able to view the ceremony, as long as they have the link.

Ceremony login information for graduates and guests coming soon!


Cap/gown and other graduation items are available at the bookstore using this link: hartnellccstore/search/ keyword/graduation

Book Store Hours:
Tuesday 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am-4:30pm 
Thursday 8:00am-2:30pm
Friday 9:00am-1:00pm


1) Curbside pick-up at the bookstore with proper social distancing.

2) Free shipping to your home address (will not arrive on time for picture).

Important Note: Make sure your measurements are correct at the time you place your order as there is a NO RETURN policy for caps and gowns, no exceptions.

Regalia (Option 3)