"The hope of tomorrow begins today."
(2023 Graduation Theme)
Tuesday, June 6th, 2023, 5:00pm
East Los Angeles College Weingart Stadium
Before the Ceremony
Students can apply for graduation by making a video or telephone appointment to meet with a counselor. More information can be obtained by visiting http://elac.edu/Student-Services/Academic-Counseling/Connect-With-a-Counselor. During the appointment, the counselor will evaluate all student records and determine if all necessary requirements have been, or are in the process of being, met. Students should have a graduation petition processed in the spring semester in which their last required coursework is being completed. If the student’s last required coursework will be taken in the summer term, students may participate in the college’s graduation ceremony but will not be able to apply for graduation until the summer term. The counseling department processes graduation petitions in all terms except for the winter intersession.
Submit a Graduation Petition by June 5, 2023.
The last day to have your name included in the printed program is April 21, 2023.
ELAC College Store will be selling Cap & Gown packages starting March 13th. Students may buy in person or online. For more information, please visit https://bookstore.elac.edu/.
You may invite as many guests as you would like. Seating is available on a first-come first-serve basis and is limited to stadium capacity. We cannot guarantee the availability of seats. No tickets are required.
Your guests should refrain from using any air horns, noise makers, or whistles when your name is called. We would like guests to hear everyone’s name.
Balloons are allowed. If any of your guests are bringing balloons, please let them know they will need to sit at the top of the bleachers to not block anyone’s view.
Day of the Ceremony
Travel to the ELAC campus at 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Parking is free. All parking lots will be available to graduates and guests.
Take a look at our Campus Map.
10:00am - Line up behind E7. Rehearsal is strongly recommended for all graduates (NOT MANDATORY). You do not need to wear your regalia during rehearsal. Rehearsal lasts about an hour and a half. Medals will only be handed out during rehearsal.
(Show up early for breakfast: available as early as 8:00am)
Graduation Regalia: All graduates must wear a black cap and gown. The ELAC Bookstore closes at 7:15 p.m. for those who need to purchase graduation regalia.
Tassel Placement: Place your tassel on the right side then listen for instructions from President Román. Prior to going up and walking across the stage, he will ask all graduates to switch tassels to the left.
Cap Decoration: If you would like to decorate your cap, you can do so.
Shoes: Wear comfortable shoes. No stilettos! Please wear either wedges or shoes with wide heels to avoid falling.
3:00pm - Collect a name card in the E3 Quad. If your name is not in the program, you will not have a pre-printed card. Instead, you will be given a blank card to complete on location. After picking up your name card, start forming two straight lines behind the E7 building. There is no alphabetical order so stand behind the last person in line and your name will be read off according to where you are in the line.
5:00pm – The ceremony begins. Follow directions from Marshalls to Weingart stadium.
Our ceremony will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel: East Los Angeles College YouTube.
Visit the Student Activities office in F5-212
Call (323) 265-8742
You have reached a significant milestone in completing your studies here at East Los Angeles College (ELAC), and for that, let me congratulate you! The hard work you’ve put in to get to this point is an excellent investment in yourself and your future.
Today, we honor your achievements during your time at ELAC. Your years here have been marked by intellectual exploration, deep immersion in your chosen field, and extraordinary hard work, all undertaken during a time of great challenge.
Throughout your time at East Los Angeles College, you have acquired new knowledge and skills, gained invaluable experiences, and have grown as scholars. Even when faced with challenges, you remained committed to completing your education. I know that the support from your families, loved ones, and friends contributed to your success. Savor this moment with them as you lay the foundation for significant achievements in the years ahead.
As you embark upon the next phase of your journey, continuing your education or beginning your career, I urge you to apply your knowledge and skills with compassion and integrity. You are well prepared to be leaders; we expect no less from you.
Our campus serves students with empathy, and for many who enroll here, it is their second chance. Our faculty, staff, and administrators work together to turn their lives around and help them reach their academic goals. This is who we are, and it is in the fabric of our college to serve students equitably.
On behalf of everyone at East Los Angeles College, we congratulate you and are honored to share this special milestone with you. As you succeed in whatever path you take, remember to find ways to help your community so that those who come after you may have the same opportunity to succeed. We are so proud of you and celebrate you as you embark on the next stage of your journey.
With respect and admiration,
Dr. Alberto J. Román
East Los Angeles College