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Graduation Candidate Instructions


Assembly will be in the Performance Court. All candidates and graduates should arrive between 5:45 and 6:15pm. Use the east entrance to the Regional Sports Center directly off of the north parking lot and proceed to the check-in table.


5:45 - 6:15pm All graduates and candidates must report to the Regional Sports Center

  • Check in at the registration table in the Performance Court.
  • Verify the accuracy of the information on the card you receive.
  • Print your name phonetically if you have a difficult sounding name.
  • Hold on to this card until you approach the stage during the ceremony.

6:25pm Line-up

  • Graduates and candidates will line up by program/major; there will be signs on the rows identifying programs of study.
  • Line up alphabetically in the appropriate row; you will need to check with others in line to arrange yourselves accordingly.
  • Important: Do not wander! When you have found your place, please remain in line and make adjustments as others need to step in.

6:50pm Processional.

  • The processional will be led by the color guard, followed by the stage party, faculty, faculty marshals, and then graduates and candidates, with any participants with special needs first.
  • Stay in rows of 2.
  • Both lines will move around the back of the curtains and march in from the opposite side of the Field House.
  • The color guard will post the colors while the stage party moves up the center aisle to watch. The faculty will create a gauntlet beginning at the center aisle and stand along the front of the bleachers. The students, led by faculty marshals, will proceed through the gauntlet and down the center aisle.
  • It is important for students to move to their seats as quickly as possible so the ceremony can begin on time.
  • When reaching the chairs, turn and face the stage.
  • Remain standing until after the National Anthem.

Receiving Diplomas:

  • As you face the stage, you will be going up on the left and exiting on the right.
  • Remain seated until it is your row's turn to walk to the stage; please try to stand together.
  • Faculty members will lead the graduates and candidates to the stage.
  • As the graduate/candidate before you is walking across the stage, hand your card to the announcer - proceed across the stage as your name is read.
  • You will receive your diploma cover from the vice president; take it in your left hand and shake hands with President McClellon with your right. Your picture will be taken as you are shaking hands.
  • When returning to your seats, remain standing until everyone in your row has received their diploma case and returned to their seat.
  • When all candidates have been acknowledged and are presented to the audience, you may move your tassel from the right to the left side of your cap.


  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, faculty marshals will lead the stage party out.
  • Faculty and students will remain by their chairs.
  • Once the stage party has exited, the guests are welcome to join their graduate on the floor.

Band Graduates:

  • You will not be a part of the processional.
  • Check in at the registration table, then go directly to the Field House and join the band.
  • When the time comes for you to receive your diploma, please step in line at the appropriate place according to your program of study.

Special Needs Accessibility:

  • The Regional Sports Center is special needs-accessible; however, if you have special needs, please specify this on your online RSVP, so that specific accommodations may be arranged

General Reminders:

  • All participants are required to stay for the entire ceremony (approximately 2 hours in length)
  • Please help maintain the dignity of this special event by demonstrating appropriate, respectful behavior throughout the proceedings.
  • There are no security services for coats, purses or other personal items. Once the candidates/graduates leave the Performance Court, it will be locked. No one should leave personal items in the Performance Court.
  • Please remember to bring pins, hair pins and other such items you may need for securing caps and collars.
  • The Field House doors will not be closed before the Processional this year but we recommend coming early in order to get the best seating.
  • Be sure all cell phones and pagers are turned off or to silent mode prior to the start of the processional.
  • This is YOUR moment - enjoy!

On behalf on the entire college community, CONGRATULATIONS!

Cap & Gown Distribution

Commencement: May 14, 2015 at 7:00pm

Graduation Regalia will be distributed from the:

  • Atrium from April 20-May 14, 2015 on Mon-Wed from 11am-1pm and Fri from 11am-12pm
  • Evening Students: Finals week on Tues. & Wed. from 5pm-6pm
  • Heintz Center Commons: April 23, April 30 & May 8 from 10am-11am

Two easy steps:

  • Pay $11 for reglia at the Cashier's window.
  • Present $11 receipt to the gown table

Honors tassels - 3.5 overall GPA after Fall 2014
PTK graduates - see PTK advisor for PTK tassels.

Gown Size Information:


Plus Size Orders must be submitted with your paid receipt by April 29. Closer to graduation sizes are limited.

Graduation link: www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/graduation_commencement.html


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