Isothermal Community College

Campus Calendar

College Graduation

The following is subject to change and will be updated closer to graduation.

The official graduation exercises for Summer 2015, Fall 2015, and Spring 2016 Graduates 

A practice will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 10:00 am in The Foundation. Practice usually lasts approximately 2 hours. Students are required to attend practice in the morning if they want to participate in the graduation exercises that evening. Written permission must be approved by the Registrar prior to May 13 if you are unable to attend practice. 


10:00 AM Practice - Meet in The Foundation wearing casual dress. DO NOT wear your caps and gowns. 

6:00 PM Group Pictures for the Newspapers - Meet in Seminar A & B of The Foundation wearing graduation attire.

6:30 PM Graduation Exercises Line Up - Meet in Seminar A & B of The Foundation wearing graduation attire.

Tickets: Due to space considerations, up to six (6) guest tickets for graduation will be reserved for each graduate. Each guest MUST have a ticket, regardless of age. Graduates may pick up graduation tickets at the Foundation Box Office beginning TBA or at the graduation rehearsal on May 16. Graduates will need to show an ID before their guest tickets can be distributed. For more information regarding Foundation Box Office hours, see or call 828-395-1990.

Dress: Women wear dark dress, skirt or slacks, dark shoes

Men wear dark pants, white shirt, tie, dark shoes

Both men and womenGown should be pressed with cool iron or steam, Mortarboard must be worn flat on your head with the point between your eyes in the center of your brow. Use black bobby pins if needed to secure mortarboard. Tassels are worn on the right and then switched to the left when the President offers congratulations and instructs you to turn your tassel.

Gold tassels & medallions: May be worn by students with a program grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 of higher to designate this achievement. On Monday morning, May 16, after 9:00 am, if your GPA is 3.5 or higher, you will receive an honor card after rehearsal to purchase the tassel and medallion in the bookstore. You may exchange your black tassel for a gold one, or you may purchase a gold one. The Bookstore hours for May 16 will be TBA. 

Deficiencies: Please take care of any financial deficiencies, library fines and overdue books before practice. Bring proof of payment with you.

Valuables: We will not be responsible for your valuables. Leave them with family or friends. Also, please turn off your cell phones.

Distractions: Distractions can make a graduation ceremony unpleasant. Please remind family and friends to keep children and babies as quiet as possible and not to enter and exit the Auditorium during the ceremonies.

Ceremony: Each graduate will be assigned a position for the processional and will be seated accordingly. The Marshals will seat graduates in the reserved area of the Auditorium. During the processional, please be sensitive to good posture, hold your head high, and keep your eyes straight ahead. When your name is called, stand at the platform for your degree to be announced and then move to the diploma table to shake hands with the President with your right hand and accept your diploma with your left. Follow the line of march back to your seat and immediately sit down. 

Diplomas: During the ceremonies you will receive an empty diploma cover. Immediately after the ceremonies are over, come directly to Seminar A to pick up your diploma insert. If you have already received your diploma or did not order one, please return the diploma cover.

Special Needs: To make arrangements for yourself and/or your family member with disabilities who will attend the ceremony, contact Alfreda Lindsay at 828-395-1732. Accessible seating for family members is on a first-come-first-served basis.

May 16, 2016
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Frank and Mabel West Auditiorium, The Foundation Performing Arts Center
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