Isothermal Community College


Information for Curriculum Graduates

The official graduation exercises for Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017 graduates will be held May 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Frank and Mabel West Auditorium, The Center for Learning and Arts – The Foundation.  

A practice will be held on May 15, 2017 at 10 a.m. 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 15 if you are unable to attend practice.

Deadlines for Graduation Application

You must file a Graduation Application with the Records Office (Student Services). You should apply for graduation once you register for the term in which you expect to graduate. This gives you more chances to register for classes that you may still need to complete graduation requirements.

Fall completers - October 21, 2016

Spring completers - March 3, 2017

Summer completers - April 13, 2017 (if you are planning to participate in the May 15, 2017 graduation ceremony; otherwise the deadline is June 8)



Requirements for graduation will vary according to the curriculum. Isothermal students are assigned a catalog at the time of application or major change. This catalog remains in effect as long as the student is continuously enrolled or graduates.  Exceptions are made on a case by case basis. Students should refer to the program description in the college catalog to determine course requirements for graduation. Students should check with their advisor with questions regarding program requirements. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required in all programs. Some programs require at least a grade of "C" or better in all required courses.

In the case of students transferring into Isothermal Community College, at least 25% of the credits required for graduation must be earned at Isothermal Community College.

Graduation Orders and Fees

All orders for diplomas, caps and gowns, and graduation invitations will be coordinated by the Records Office and placed through the Bookstore. You will be notified by mail regarding graduation orders.

Things you need to know for graduation:


Practice - Monday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m. Meet in The Foundation wearing casual dress. Do not wear your caps and gowns.

Group Pictures  - Monday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. Meet in Tanner and Cooley Rooms of The Foundation wearing graduation attire. The photo schedule will be posted in each room.

Graduation Exercises Line Up - Monday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. Meet in Seminar A & B of The Foundation wearing graduation attire.


Due to space considerations, graduates will be reserved a designated number of guest tickets for graduation. Each guest MUST have a ticket, regardless of age. Graduates may pick up graduation tickets at the Foundation box office beginning May 3 or at the graduation rehearsal on May 15. Following rehearsal, unused tickets may be distributed to graduates who have requested additional tickets with the Foundation. 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) 286-9990.


Gown should be pressed with cool iron or steamed. 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.
Dark dress/skirt/slacks; white shirt with tie; black shoes.

Gold tassels & medallions: 

May be worn by students with a program grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher to designate this achievement. After rehearsal, you will receive an honor card 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. (For Summer Graduates – honors will be calculated for all classes completed before or during the 2017 spring term. Your final GPA will be determined once 2017 summer classes are complete)

The Bookstore hours for May 15 will be 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.


Please take care of any financial deficiencies, library fines and overdue books before practice. Bring proof of payment to the Records Office (Student Center).


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


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.

Special Needs:

Graduates needing special accommodations should contact the Disability Counselor 828-395-1732. Any family member needing accommodations should contact the Foundation directly at 828-395-1681. Accessible seating for family members is limited.