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Graduation Commencement

Watch it LIVE at: www.rctc.edu/graduation

(You can watch Commencement 2015 at this same location until Commencement 2016.)

Plan to Celebrate with the 2015-16 Graduation Candidates May 12th!

Rochester Community and Technical College's COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY will be held at 6:00pm May 12, 2016 in the Field House at the Regional Sports Center.

Happy Grad at RCTC CommencementPreliminary Schedule
6:00pm - Processional

  • National Anthem
  • Welcome
  • Recognition of Stage Party
  • Greetings (MnSCU Representative)
  • Alumni Speakers
  • Recognition of Student
  • Presentation of Class
  • Awarding of Degrees
  • Music
  • Recessional
  • Remain in the Field House to Reconnect with Family and Friends

Fall 2015 graduates will be recognized, along with Spring and Summer 2016 candidates.

If you are unable to attend Commencement but wish to be recognized by having your name announced during the ceremony, please contact Jeanne Wilson at 507-285-7127.

The Commencement Program is a fitting conclusion to a successful academic career and the earning of a degree or certificate. Based on hundreds of years of academic tradition handed down from European universities, this ceremony is a colorful, dignified, and festive recognition of the successes of the college and the students who merit degrees.

After you've applied for Graduation...

Please check out the following links for opportunities open to graduates.

  • Please RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony so we can plan for your attendance. (We apologize if you’re experiencing technical difficulties with the RSVP process. We hope to have a solution in place soon. If you continue to have problems please send your name and student ID# to jeanne.wilson@rctc.edu.)
  • Purchase your cap and gown. All graduates marching in the Commencement ceremony are required to wear a cap and gown. You can go to the Cashier's window in the Student Services area and pay $11 for your cap and gown. Take your receipt and the information the Cashier gives you to the gown table at the scheduled times to pick up your cap and gown. Visit the Candidate Instruction page to see when caps and gowns can be picked up.
  • The International Club students will be selling flowers as a fundraiser at Commencement this year. Be sure to celebrate your graduate's accomplishments with a small bouquet. You will find them in the Sports Center foyer just under the staircase.


  • Send an Evite - Invite your family and/or friends to watch you graduate at the Commencement ceremony using the electronic evite.

  • Celebrate with the Graduate Cards - Invite your favorite faculty or staff using the Celebrate with the Graduate card. Save the Card to your computer and attach it to an email.

  • Paper copies of both the evite and the Celebrate with the Graduate cards are available in Admissions and Records at no additional cost.

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