2021 Curbside Commencement
We are excited to announce that we will be holding a fun Curbside Commencement event to celebrate all Beaver graduates!
- May 19, 2021
- 12:00 pm to 6:30 pm
- American River College Main Campus
On graduation day, "drive-thru" participants will receive an ARC diploma cover, a commencement program, and other treats, with faculty and staff cheering you on as you process through the special graduation drive-thru route! This will be a healthy and safe outdoor event. Face masks will be worn and all social distancing protocols will be followed.
Congratulations to all ARC graduates! To see a list of the class of 2021, please visit our Graduation 2021 website.
This celebration is for the class of 2020 and 2021. Only graduates with an expected graduation term of Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 who have applied to graduate will be allowed to RSVP and attend the event.
Yes. Registration is required in order to participate. The deadline to RSVP is May 7, 2021 at 11:59am.
Graduates can select from multiple time slots on May 19 when they register to attend the event.
Graduates should plan to arrive at the time they selected. Please do not arrive early.
No. You will be turned around at check-in if you attempt to re-enter the celebration.
Yes. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, traditional in-person, large-scale, indoor commencement ceremonies are simply not possible.
Unfortunately, no. 2020 and 2021 graduates will not be able to participate in any 2022 graduation ceremony. We have had to make many tough decisions during the pandemic, including this one. We hope you will join us at the May 19 Curbside Commencement to celebrate your achievement.
Yes! You will receive your program at the drive-thru celebration. Programs will only include graduating students from Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Class of 2020 programs were mailed to graduates last year.
Allow six months for the completion of a degree evaluation, after which time diplomas will be mailed to the address you listed on your graduation application. Check the graduation petition webpage for the diploma delivery timeline.
Graduates can drive themselves, but we highly recommend that graduates experience the drive-thru celebration as a passenger, so they can focus on the celebration fully.
No. Only one vehicle is allowed per graduate. Guests from the same household unit may join a graduate in their one vehicle. Safety laws still apply (including vehicle maximum occupancy, speed limits, seatbelt laws, etc.)
No. Only faculty and staff members who have been approved may stand along the celebration route. Faculty and staff will maintain appropriate social distance and wear face coverings.
No. All California Road Laws must be followed while on the route.
No bicycles or motorcycles will be permitted onto the route. Convertibles will be allowed, but passengers are encouraged to wear masks at all times.
Faculty, staff, and college leadership will be there to cheer you on – while following social distancing measures, wearing appropriate face coverings, and following strict event guidelines. Only employees will be allowed to line the celebration route. Due to safety, guests, community members, and students will not be allowed to stand along the route.
No. You must remain in your vehicle at all times and faculty/staff must maintain appropriate social distance from your vehicle.
No. Participants must remain in their vehicle unless a staff or faculty member indicates that they can get out.
Participating students who need specific accommodations should indicate this on the RSVP form and someone will reach out to you to discuss your accommodations.
Limited accommodations may be provided for those graduates who do not have access to a vehicle for the parade. Please indicate that you do not have a vehicle on the RSVP form and a staff member will connect with you.
Yes, but it is not required.
Yes! Participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles (while complying with all California laws). The Student Code of Conduct applies to this event, and no obscenities will be allowed.
Graduates and guests are not required to wear masks or face coverings while in their enclosed vehicle, although may do so. However, any time windows are rolled down or you are interacting with staff (for instance during check-in) then masks will be mandatory.
Yes. Vehicle windows may be rolled down. Masks are always encouraged when windows are down and are mandatory while interacting with staff and volunteers.
Students participating must comply with the student conduct code, including policies on an alcohol and drug free campus. The celebration is a drug and alcohol-free event. For the safety of everyone participating, staff will deny entry to any student or drivers who appears intoxicated.