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2021 Curbside Commencement

2021 Curbside CommencementWe are excited to announce that we will be holding a fun Curbside Commencement event to celebrate all Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Falcon graduates!

  • Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • 4:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Main Folsom Campus

The "drive-thru" commencement route will feature music and themed cheer stations where special treats will be handed out, culminating with President Whitney Yamamura presenting graduates with their diploma cover in front of FLC’s Harris Center for the Arts while faculty and staff cheer you on. This will be a healthy and safe outdoor event. Face masks will be worn and all social distancing protocols will be followed.

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Registration is required to participate. The deadline to sign up is May 1, 2021.

RSVP for Curbside Commencement

Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 graduates, and Spring 2021 candidates - Also complete the Graduation Recognition Form to indicate your preferences for how you would like to be listed in the printed Commencement program and the digital web celebration materials. Please complete by May 1, 2021.

Commencement FAQS

Who can attend the celebration?

This celebration is for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021. Graduates from Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020, as well as Spring 2021 graduation candidates (those who submitted Spring 2021 petitions) will be allowed to RSVP and attend the event.

Does the celebration replace commencement for both the Classes of 2020 and 2021?

Yes. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, traditional in-person, large-scale, indoor commencement ceremonies are simply not possible.

Can 2020 and 2021 grads postpone and participate in the 2022 commencement instead?

Unfortunately, no. Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 graduates will not be able to participate in any Class of 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 Wednesday, May 19 Curbside Commencement to celebrate your achievement.

Do I have to participate?

Curbside Commencement is completely optional. Graduates who are unable to attend or choose not to will receive a congratulatory letter from President Whitney Yamamura via mail, as well as their diploma when ready (see the diploma FAQ below).

Do I need to RSVP online if I plan to participate?

Yes. Registration is required in order to participate. The deadline to RSVP for a time slot is Saturday, May 1. Graduates can select from multiple ½ hour time slots when they register to attend the event. Graduates should review their Confirmation Notice that will be emailed after they register to verify that it reflects the correct time slot, as this notice will serve as a registration confirmation and also display the selected time slot.

Will my name still be printed in a commencement program?

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.

Members of the Class of 2021 should complete their Graduation Recognition Form by Saturday, May 1 to indicate their preferences for how they would like to be listed in the program.

How do I change my name or use my preferred name for the event?

For names announced at Curbside Commencement, graduates will be able to fill out a name card to specify their name, phonetic spelling, major (only one), and transfer institution. T

Members of the Class of 2021 should also complete their Graduation Recognition Form by Saturday, May 1 to indicate their preferences for how they would like to be listed in the program and on the grad website.

When will I receive my diploma?

Summer and Fall 2020 graduates – Diplomas for Summer 2020 were mailed out earlier this academic year and Fall 2020 diplomas will be mailed out soon. Congratulations on your graduation from Folsom Lake College!

Spring 2021 graduates – Your Spring 2021 coursework must be evaluated after grades have been posted to determine fulfillment of college degree requirements. If you have met the requirements, your degree will be posted to your transcript by the end of August and you will receive your diploma by early October.

Can I wear my cap and gown?

Yes, but it is not required. You may also choose instead to wear an outfit of your choice. Consider showing your school spirit by wearing teal, purple, and/or black or your Falcon gear.

Where do I get my cap, gown, and tassel?

  1. Order directly from Jostens - Order by Wednesday, April 14 to make sure you receive in time for the event
  2. Purchase at the FLC Bookstore Limited Contact Window starting Wednesday, April 14 - Check the bookstore website for hours
  3. If you are not local, you can call the Bookstore at (916) 608-6565 to place a special order.

Who do I contact if I need accommodations for a disability at the event?

Please contact Olga Moskalyuk at moskalo@flc.losrios.edu to discuss any special accommodations that may be needed.

What time should I arrive and where?

Graduates should plan to arrive during the 1/2-hour time slot they selected, which will also be reflected on the Confirmation Notice and Instructions for Graduates emailed to graduates who register. Please do not arrive early.

Please enter campus at the Scholar Way/Cavitt Drive entrance and follow the directional signage to proceed through the route. View route map.

The entire Cursbide Commencement route should take roughly one hour, from start to finish.

Do students need to bring their FLC ID?

No. Your pre-registration will be noted on a list at the Curbside Commencement entrance station.

What types of vehicles will be permitted?

All vehicles must be under 11 feet tall and under 30 feet long. Motorcycles, convertibles, and bicycles will be allowed, but passengers must wear masks at all times. No walk-ups will be permitted on the route.

What if I do not have access to a vehicle?

Limited accommodations may be provided for those graduates who do not have access to a vehicle for the parade. Please contact Olga Moskalyuk at moskalo@flc.losrios.edu to discuss your options.

Can I decorate my vehicle?

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.

Can I drive myself?

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. We recommend that graduates are seated in the front or rear passenger seat of the vehicle.

Can I or my guests ride in the bed of a pickup truck?

No. All California Road Laws must be followed while on the route.

Can my friends and/or family follow in another vehicle?

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.).

Family and friends may also follow the college’s social media accounts for live coverage, plus a compilation video will be released on social media 1-2 weeks following the event.

Who will be along the route?

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 pre-approved 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.

Can my family and friends stand along the celebration route?

No. Only faculty and staff members who have been pre-approved may stand along the celebration route. Faculty and staff will maintain appropriate social distance and wear face coverings.

Can I stop to greet faculty or staff along the route or to take pictures?

No. You must remain in your vehicle at all times and faculty/staff must maintain appropriate social distance from your vehicle.

Can I stop and exit my vehicle at any time during the route?

No. Participants must remain in their vehicle unless a staff or faculty member indicates that they can get out.

However, there will be optional pop-up photo booth stations available for graduates to take pictures. To participate, graduates may park in the designated lot and exit their cars. Please follow social distancing guidelines and limit your photo time, so that others have time to participate. 

Do I have to wear a face covering while in my vehicle?

Yes, graduates and other passengers are required to wear masks or face coverings when interacting with college employees or event volunteers from their vehicle.

Can I roll my windows down while on the route?

Yes. Vehicle windows may be rolled down. Masks are always encouraged when windows are down and are mandatory while interacting with staff and volunteers.

Will photos or videos be taken?

Yes! There will be:

  • Live coverage of the event posted to the college’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
  • Two optional pop-up photo booth areas will be set up for graduates to take photographs during the course of the event. To participate, graduates may park in the designated lot and exit their cars. Please follow social distancing guidelines and limit your photo time, so that others have time to participate. 
  • A video compilation will be posted to the college’s social media pages 1-2 weeks following the event.

Will restrooms be available?

Unfortunately, there is no restroom access along the commencement route.

Can I go through the celebration route more than once?

No. You will be turned around at check-in if you attempt to re-enter the celebration.

Reminder: FLC is an alcohol and drug-free campus

Students participating must comply with the student conduct code, including policies on an alcohol- and drug-free campus. The celebration is also an alcohol- and drug-free event. For the safety of everyone participating, staff will deny entry to any graduate or driver who appears intoxicated.