Virtual recognition ceremony honors class of 2020

LACCD will move forward with an online ceremony for its upcoming graduates.

By Cassandra Nava, Staff Writer

Photo Courtesy of Los Angeles Community College District

The graduating class of 2020 will still be honored and celebrated thanks to the Virtual Recognition Ceremony implemented by all nine Los Angeles community colleges.

Valley College will move forward with an online graduation on June 9. This ceremony will be free of charge to all graduating students and guests, and will be available to view via Facebook and YouTube. Monarchs, who have petitioned to graduate by the May 6 deadline, are eligible to participate as well as walk the stage at the in-person ceremony next year.

A document released by LACCD stated, “Resilient Times for Brilliant Minds” is the theme for the 2020 LACCD Virtual Recognition Ceremony, hosted in celebration of your achievements as members of the 2020 graduating class.”

Students who petitioned to graduate should have received an email from LACCD on May 11 detailing how they can participate in the virtual ceremony. There will be an opportunity to share photos or videos, majors and a quote through GradSlide — a company designed to help personalize the graduation experience. Those who are graduating must RSVP and send in their images to GradSlide by May 20.

Diplomas will be mailed once the Spring semester grades have been examined by the Graduation Office. They will be mailed to the address listed on the student’s portal near the start of the Fall semester, according to Valley website.

Although it is not a requirement for this graduation, students have the option to purchase a cap and gown. Valley students can purchase them through Pierce College’s bookstore website, and they do not need to be returned after.

There is no password or any code required in order for family and friends of those graduating. They simply need to tune into the correct website on time, according to LACCD statements regarding the virtual ceremony.

“The Virtual Recognition Ceremony will be ALL ONLINE to ensure the health and safety of our graduates and their families,” according to an updated statement from LACCD. “[It] will be an online recognition of graduates with opportunities for friends and family to engage in the online ceremony.”

For more information students should read through LACCD’s statements, Valley’s website and should reach out to their counselor with any additional questions. Inquiries regarding diplomas can be sent to

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