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Graduation Frequently Asked Questions

When is graduation?

The 2014-2015 commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 7:00pm in the UCR Regional Sports Center.

Who can participate?

Fall 2014 graduates and students who have applied for Spring Semester 2015 or Summer Session 2015 are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

I missed the application deadline. Can I still apply, and participate in the ceremony?

Yes, as long as the semester hasn't concluded, you can still submit your application and you may participate in the commencement ceremony. Unfortunately however, it might not be possible for your name to be added to the program.

If you haven't submitted your graduation application before the last day of the semester, you will need to apply for the next term.

Am I required to wear a cap and gown?

While caps and gowns are not mandatory, we strongly encourage all participants to wear them.

Where do I get my cap and gown?

There will be information posted on the graduation website later in April. You will need to pay the reduced amount of $11 at the Cashier's Office and take the receipt to pick up your regalia.

Will I actually receive my diploma at the ceremony?

No, you will receive a Rochester Community and Technical College diploma case as you cross the stage. When completion of all degree requirements has been verified, your degree will be posted to your transcript and your diploma sent to you. You should receive your award in approximately 4-6 weeks.

How do I qualify for academic honors?

For the purpose of noting honors status on the commencement program, candidacy for honors recognition will be determined by your cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of Fall Semester 2014. Candidates with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher qualify for "high honors", while candidates with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.74 will qualify for "honors". Officially, honors status will be determined when all grades have been submitted and degree requirements have been met.

Why are there different colors of tassels?

Honor graduates may wear a gold tassel instead of a multi-colored tassel.

How long will the ceremony last?

Approximately 2 hours.

One of my guests has a mobility impairment. Will there be accommodations and will my guests be able to sit together?

There will be a section of non-bleacher seating reserved for guests with special needs. When you RSVP online, you will need to indicate the number of your guests requiring special seating. A maximum of one additional seat per person needing special needs seating will be allowed; your RSVP should indicate the total number. This section requires reservations and tickets for seating - you may pick up tickets at the Admissions and Records Office.

When will my name be published in the newspaper?

RCTC will notify your local newspaper after your graduation status is official - which usually takes about a month after the end of your last semester. Each newspaper then determines if and when the information will be printed. Your name will be published only if you indicated on the application for graduation that you wished to have an announcement of your graduation sent to your local newspaper.


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