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Class of 2022: This is Your Moment




Friday, June 10, 2022 at Norco College


The Riverside Community College District will be suspending the vaccination verification and testing requirement for June 10 commencement ceremonies at its three colleges. The decision aligns with the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) guidelines. The CDPH does not require proof of vaccination, nor a negative COVID test, for outdoor events with less than 10,000 in attendance.

“We understand how special and important college graduation is to our students,” Wolde-Ab Isaac, chancellor of RCCD, said. “The mandating of proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test would have adversely impacted some families looking to celebrate their student’s accomplishment.”

The decision aligns the District with other higher education institutions in the area. Although a negative test is not necessary, testing will be made available on commencement day and is available Monday through Friday, from 10 am to 5:30 pm at each college. Testing will be solely voluntary, said Isaac. This decision was led by the Safe Return Task Force in consultation with the District’s constituency groups.

Frequently Asked Questions​ regarding Commencement


Updated: May 19, 2022

General Information

When and Where is Commencement 2022?

Commencement takes place on Friday, June 10, 2022 at 6 PM at the Norco College Soccer Field

What takes place at the Norco College (NC) Commencement Ceremony?

The NC Commencement ceremony is hosted by the RCCD Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, and the College President. The ceremony opens with a grand academic procession beginning promptly at 6:00 PM, followed by remarks from college leadership, the conferring of honorary degrees, addresses by the faculty and student commencement speaker, and the formal transition—the turning of the mortarboard tassel from right to left—that marks the moment when members of the current graduating class officially become NC graduates and alumni.

Is this a ticketed event?

We do not require students to register their guest for this ceremony and we do not give out tickets. Seating is first come, first serve, we ask you to limit saving no more than 2 seats.

​Will the ceremonies be broadcast for those unable to attend?

Yes, for those who cannot join us at Norco College on June 10th, the in-person ceremonies will be broadcast online, live, and on-demand for future viewing. The broadcast will be available on our Norco College homepage starting at 6 PM.

How do I participate in social media?

When posting to your social media, please use the hashtags #norcocollegegrad and #NC2022.

Do I need to attend the in-person Commencement ceremonies to have my degree conferred?

No, graduates do not need to attend to have their degree conferred.

Do I have to attend the Commencement Ceremony?

While it is not required for students to attend the Commencement Ceremony, most alumni would agree that the ceremony exceeded their expectations and put an exclamation point on their time at Norco College. Family members have also shared that this is a great way to celebrate their student's tremendous accomplishments because it is a big, spirited celebration! 

I will be finishing my degree requirements this summer or fall (2022).  Can I participate in this year's graduation ceremony?

Students may participate in commencement if they are within 9 units of completing the requirements for the degree they have applied for. Any application received with a student lacking more than 9 units in order to complete requirements will be cancelled. 

When does the graduate need to arrive on campus on Commencement Day?

In order to walk in the NC Commencement ceremony procession, you should be ready on Friday, June 10th no later than 4 PM at the Amphitheater next to the Center for Student Success Building.  As parking and seating are on a first-come, first-served basis, it is wise to arrive early. 

When should guests arrive on Commencement Day?

The ceremony begins promptly at 6:00 PM. We recommend guests to arrive between 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM to secure parking and seating. Those who arrive closer to 6:00 PM will have a very difficult time finding parking and seating. Wear comfortable shoes. It is a long walk from the parking lot to the soccer field. Seating is first come, first serve, we do not give out tickets. In addition, the lines may be longer due to checking of vaccination status and negative COVID test results of each guest.

Is food permitted on the Soccer Field?

No, food is not permitted on the soccer field. However, bottled water may be brought onto the field. Bottled water will also be sold at this event as a fundraiser for one of the campus clubs.

Will wheelchairs be available for disabled guests?

No wheelchairs are not available for guests. There will be a Disability Resource Center Booth available to assist individuals, if needed. They can be reached in advance at either drc@norcocollege.edu​ or 951-372-7070.

Could the Commencement be postponed if Riverside County experiences an increase in COVID related illnesses?

The situation with the pandemic is always fluid. If Riverside County moves back into more restrictive tiers, the State and County guidelines could prohibit gatherings of any size. NC will follow the guidance of Riverside County health officials – therefore all commencement plans may be subject to change.




Check the Bookstore Website for updates: https://www.bkstr.com/norcocollegestore/shop/graduation

​Do I need to wear regalia for the in-person Commencement ceremonies?

Yes, regalia is available at the NC Bookstore, and will be available for purchase in-store and online at www.norcocollegeshop.com​. ASNC will be subsidizing the cost of regalia for the first 400 students. These 400 students will pay $20.00 for their cap, gown, tassel, and hood - ASNC will pay the rest. Honor cords are only available to qualified students as determined by Admissions & Records and cost $13.00.​

Will regalia be shipped to my home, or can I pick up on campus?

Students may purchase instore for quickest service. You may also purchase online and have it shipped to your house. Please include your height and weight when ordering. Gowns are one size fits most; XL caps and gowns also available upon request, while supplies last.

Can I purchase regalia the day of my Commencement ceremony?

Regalia will be available for purchase up to the day of Commencement, however, discounted pricing will likely be exhausted.

Can I get my tassel and honors cords with my regalia?

The Grad Regalia Set includes cap, gown, and tassel. Associate hoods and Honor cords have an additional charge.

Who can I contact if I have questions regarding regalia?

Please call the Norco College Bookstore at 951.372.7085 during business hours or email Bookstore@norcocollege.edu. Their business hours are 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday – Thursday and 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Fridays.

How do graduates get honor cords?

Students graduating with Great Distinction are eligible to purchase an Honor Cord. Students graduating with Great Distinction or Distinction will receive a silver 2022 tassel marking their achievement.


Diplomas and Program Book

When will I get my diploma?

Diplomas are distributed by the Office of Admissions and Records. They will be mailed to your permanent address approximately six weeks after degrees are conferred on June 10th.

When and where do I receive my diploma cover?

Diploma covers are distributed to students on stage at the in-person Commencement Ceremony.

How do I get my diploma cover if I cannot attend in person?

For those unable to attend, diploma covers can be picked up after June 20th in the Office of Admissions and Records.

Will my name be listed in the 2022 commencement printed program?

Graduates' name will be included in the printed program unless the graduate has specified otherwise at the time you submitted your application.

How do I get a copy of the 2022 commencement printed program?

The commencement printed program will be available at the in-person ceremony on campus. You will also be able to download a copy of the program from the commencement website.​