Commencement - Frequently Asked Questions


I have been very busy and missed the deadline for filing the intent to graduate form. Can I still participate in the commencement ceremony?

The deadline to submit an Intent to Graduate Form for Spring and Summer 2020 is Friday, March 27, 2020. If you do not file by this deadline, you will not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony and your name will not appear in the commencement program.

I received my diploma in December but will not participate in the winter commencement and would like to participate in the spring commencement.

No, candidates that received their diploma in the winter cannot participate in the spring commencement.

Must I have a cap and gown to participate in the commencement ceremony?

Yes, all candidates must wear a cap and gown. Regalia sales to students at the bookstore will run 04/01/20 - 05/08/20.

When will commencement tickets be distributed?

Commencement tickets will be distributed during the Grad Fair in the Campus Ballroom Tuesday April 21st 10:30 am – 2:30 pm and Monday April 27th 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Each candidate will need proper identification (school ID or drivers license) to pick up tickets. Additional hours and locations TBD.

One of my guests has special seating needs because of a disability. How can I arrange for appropriate seating?

Special seating will be available, see the special seating ushers the day of the ceremony.

Must I attend the sign in, instructions and line up?

Yes, all candidates must attend.

Will my picture be taken at the ceremony?

No formal pictures will be taken. Portrait times will be available during the Grad Fair.

How long does commencement last?

Commencement will be approximately 2 ½ hours.

What happens if there is bad weather the day of Spring Commencement?

In case of inclement weather, ponchos will be distributed. No umbrellas will be allowed. If there is some unforeseen emergency, please visit the College website home page for emergency information.

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