More than 1,700 people will check off a milestone next week — about 414 students will receive their certificates and 1,307 their associate’s degrees at Long Beach City College. And others will be prepared to transfer to another learning institution.

The ceremony is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, at Veterans Stadium, 4901 E. Carson St.

“Students in the class of 2015-2016 have worked hard to earn their degrees and certificates, or to meet transfer requirements for a university,” LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley said in a statement. “Long Beach City College is very proud to be the foundation of their higher education journey and we wish them the best as they leave LBCC.”

Before the ceremony will be a rehearsal for graduates from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, in the stadium. School officials said they strongly recommend graduates participate.

At 3 p.m. next Thursday, graduates will line up at the south entrance of the track. All graduates must be in cap and gown and no high heels are allowed. From 3 to 3:30 p.m., students will check in for the ceremony at the south side of the parking lot.

A formal procession is part of the commencement, which kicks off at 4 p.m. Student seating will be according to associate’s degree or certificates.

Attendees are not required to have tickets and seating is on a first come, first served bases. Commencement also will be streamed live at The video will be available within a few days after the ceremony and be shown on LBCC’s community channels — 15 (Long Beach), 29 (Lakewood) and 45 (Frontier, formerly Verizon Fios) — two days later.

No balloons or noisemakers are allowed. The former is prohibited due to the proximity to the Long Beach Airport. Those with these prohibited items will be asked to leave them in their vehicles.

Professional photographs will be available through GradImages around June 16. People may visit to see and order photos. For more information, call (800) 261-2576.

Parking is free and available at the stadium by entering from Conant Street, south of the stadium from Carson Street. Graduates should park or get dropped off near the check-in canopy at the south end of the stadium. All others can park throughout the stadium lot.

Those with disabilities can go to the disabled parking area at the west side of the stadium if they have a department of motor vehicles placard/plate. Wheelchair access will be at the south end of the stadium and ushers will be available. Additionally, the bleachers in the stadium are wheelchair and scooter accessible. Limited seating will be available at ground level for those with mobility disabilities.

Attendees should expect congestion and delays along Clark and Carson streets before and after the ceremony, school officials said.

Graduates can donate their gowns immediately following the ceremony, and they will be given to future LBCC students who are unable to afford to buy a gown. However, students must return hoods immediately after the ceremony in parking lot M.

People needing disability services can contact disabled students programs and services at, (562) 938-4558, (562) 938-4833 TTY or before June 6. An American Sign Language interpreter, large print and Braille programs will be at the ceremony.

For more information, visit, call student affairs at (562) 938-4370 or (562) 938-3987.

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Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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