Commencement

Commencement

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Fall 2017 Graduation Ceremony
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Jacob Brown Memorial Auditorium
10:00 a.m.

Candidates for Graduation must arrive no later than 8:30 am.

Caps & Gowns
Caps and gowns will be available from December 6 to December 14.  To purchase your cap and gown, you must first pay the $20 fee at the Cashier window in Tandy Hall, and then take your receipt to the Front Counter in the Lightner Center.  You must show your receipt to pick up your cap and gown.

In keeping with the dignity of the ceremony, no additions to the regalia will be allowed.  Candidates for Graduation with altered regalia may not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Cap & Gown Pick-up Location:    Camille Lightner Center, Front Counter, 956-295-3409

Invitations
Each Candidate for Graduation will receive 5 invitations, free of charge, when they pick up their cap and gown.  Invitations are not required for guests to attend the ceremony - you may invite as many people as you wish to the ceremony.

Grad Fair
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Tandy Hall Lobby

During the Grad Fair you can:

  • Purchase your cap and gown for commencement a day early.  The fee for your cap and gown is just $20, payable by cash, check, or credit card at the cashier window in Tandy Hall.  Take your receipt to the Grad Fair in the Lightner Center.  You must show your receipt to pick up your cap and gown.
  • Pick up your free invitations.
  • Meet with university transfer representatives from a variety of universities and learn about their transfer process.
  • Meet with TSC staff from Transfer, Career and Employment Services who can assist you in the next step towards your career.
  • Meet with TSC Financial Aid staff who can answer any questions you may have regarding your college loans.
  • Get more information regarding the Fall 2017 Commencement ceremony.

If you are unable to attend this event, you may still pick up your cap and gown December 6-14 by paying the $20 fee at the cashier windows in Tandy Hall, and then bringing your receipt to the front counter in the lobby of the Lightner Center.

Honor Cords
Honor Graduates must have completed at least 30 semester hours with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.  Honor cords will be distributed at the Women’s Center when you check-in on the day of graduation.

GRADUATION DAY

  • Candidates for Graduation must arrive no later than 8:30 a.m.
  • Candidates for Graduation arriving late may be excluded from participation in the ceremony
  • Guests are not allowed to bring balloons or noise-making devices inside the arena.

Check-In
Candidates for Graduation should check in for the ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the Women's Center located next to Jacob Brown Auditorium.  Candidates for Graduation arriving late may not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

Please do not bring any personal items such as balloons, bouquets or purses as they will not be allowed in the seating area.  Only Candidates for Graduation will be allowed into the Women's Center during check-in.

Diplomas
Only diploma covers will be handed out on stage during the ceremony.  Diploma covers will only be given to Candidates for Graduation participating in the commencement ceremony.  Official diplomas will be available at the Admissions and Records Office for certified degrees beginning Friday, January 26, 2017.

If you do not pick up your diploma in person, it will be mailed to the address on your graduation application. Diplomas returned in the mail will be destroyed.  There is a $25 reprinting cost per diploma.

Note: Walking in the ceremony does not imply that you have met all the requirements for graduation.

Graduation Photos
A photographer will be taking a photo as you are congratulated on stage by the College President. These photographs will be available from the photographer within 72 hours of the event. More information will be available when you pick up your cap and gown.

HOW TO WEAR AND CARE FOR YOUR CAP & GOWN

How do I wear the tassel?
Begin with your tassel on the right side of your cap.

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Following confirmation of your degree by the College President, the entire graduating class will move their tassels to the left in unison.  This signifies the move to a higher level of education.

How should I wear my cap?
Your cap should be worn so the mortarboard is level and not placed on the back or to the side of your head. The crown should rest approximately one to one and one-half inches above each ear. This also helps assure that the mortarboard is level.

What should I wear underneath my gown?
Light, comfortable clothing should be worn underneath your gown. It is recommended that a suit coat or jacket not be worn.  Shoes and other articles of visible apparel worn by graduates should be of dark colors that harmonize with the gown.

How do I take care of my cap and gown?
Remove your cap, tassel and gown from the package.  Place the gown on a hanger.  Because of the material, your cap and gown should not be washed, dry cleaned or worn in inclement weather.  You may press the gown with a cool iron to remove wrinkles.

In keeping with the dignity of the ceremony, no additions to the regalia will be allowed.  Candidates for Graduation with altered regalia may not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

For More Information

  • Regarding commencement and graduation requirements, please call 956-295-3615
  • Regarding caps, gowns and invitations, please call 956-295-3409

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2017 15:18