Isothermal Community College


Information for Curriculum Graduates

Graduates in cap and gown

Graduates must RSVP no later than April 25th in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony.


Isothermal Community College’s Commencement ceremony; for Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 graduates will be held Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Frank and Mabel West Auditorium, The Center for Learning and Arts – The Foundation.

A mandatory rehearsal will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 10 a.m. in The Foundation. Practice is approximately 2 hours. Students are required to attend practice if they want to participate in the Commencement ceremony that evening. Written permission must be approved by the Registrar prior to May 13 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 20, 2018

Spring completers - March 1, 2019

Summer completers - April 12, 2019 (if you are planning to participate in the May 13, 2019 graduation ceremony; otherwise the deadline is June 13, 2019)

Download a Graduation Application


Requirements for graduation will vary according to the the student's Program of Study. Isothermal students are assigned a catalog at the time of application or change of major. 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 (GPA) 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

Caps, gowns, tassels, and diploma covers may be purchased at the ICC Bookstore on or after April 14. The package price for the cap, gown, and tassel is $25. Diploma covers can be purchased for $13.

Things you need to know for graduation:


Rehearsal - Monday, May 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Meet in The Foundation wearing casual dress. Do not wear your caps and gowns.

Group Pictures - Monday, May 13, 2019 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.

Commencement Ceremony Line Up - Monday, May 13, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Meet in Seminar A & B of The Foundation wearing graduation attire.


Due to space considerations, tickets for Commencement will be determined by the number of students who RSVP. Students may request additional tickets through the Foundation ticket office. After rehearsal, any remaining tickets will be given to those who have requested additional tickets. Each guest MUST have a ticket, regardless of age. Graduates may pick graduation tickets up at The Foundation box office beginning April 30, 2019 or at the Commencement rehearsal on May 13, 2019. Graduates will need to show an ID in order to pick up their guest tickets. Graduates are responsible for distributing tickets to their guests. For more information regarding Foundation Box Office hours, see or call (828) 286-9990.



Gown should be pressed inside out with cool iron or steamed. Dark dress/skirt/slacks, preferably ankle length; white shirt with tie; black or dark colored shoes.
Mortarboard (Caps) must be worn flat on your head with the point between your eyes in the center of your brow. Use black or brown bobby pins if needed to secure mortarboard. If decorating your cap, decorations may only be on the top, flat area of the mortarboard and may only include decorations specific to your ICC program/major or career. All decorations must be flat on the surface of the cap with nothing hanging from the sides and no 3-D creations. If it is determined by the dean of students that the decorations violate the above-referenced guidelines, the graduate must purchase a new cap at their own expense in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony. If you have questions, please contact Sandra Lackner in advance at or by calling 828-395-1429.
Tassels are worn on the right side 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 or higher to designate this achievement. After rehearsal, you will receive an honor card to purchase or exchange 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 2019 Summer graduates, honors will be calculated for all courses completed through the 2019 Spring term. Your final GPA will be determined once 2019 Summer courses are complete.

The Bookstore hours for May 13 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.


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


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 ceremony.

Special Needs:

To make arrangements for yourself and/or any 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.