Special events planned for BC graduation

Trina Goree, Reporter

Save the date. On May 16, the class of 2014 will be making history with a commencement that offers more than usual.

Bakersfield College has been celebrating its centennial all year long with a multitude of events and will conclude with its biggest commencement ceremony yet.

The ceremony will begin with an honor lap made up of all former students of BC.

The former  students are encouraged to wear red and Renegade regalia.

The participants will be broken down into groups, according to their class year as the alumni make their way around the track.

The commencement committee would like to have 2014 graduating students represent their degrees by carrying their respective discipline sign on the field.

Professor Jack Pierce, who is on the BC commencement committee, explained how a graduating student can carry a department sign.

“Graduating students need to let professors know if they are interested in carrying their discipline sign,” he said. “However, it will be up to the department on how students are selected to be sign carriers.

The deadline for departments to submit their sign carrier is April 18 if the carrier name is going to appear on the graduation program.”

Pierce said there will also be large projection screens so everyone on the field and stadium can see the event.

Also, medallions are currently being sold to faculty and staff for $16 at window eight in the Admissions and Records office building, Pierce said.

A fireworks show is scheduled to take place at the end of commencement.

There will also be live music by BC alumni Mento Buru performing from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.