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Isothermal Community College’s Commencement will be an open-air ceremony on Monday, May 16, 2022, at 6 p.m. in the parking lot behind The Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center.

Graduates will include those who have earned certificates, diplomas, and/or degrees during one or more of the following semesters: Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and/or Summer 2022.

Please read all information on this page.

Graduation Information

Deadline for Graduation Applications

Requirements for Graduation


Commencement (Graduation Ceremony) Information

Deadline for Graduation Applications

Students must file a Graduation Application with the Records Office (Student Services). Students 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.

Application Deadlines:

Fall 2021 Completers: October 22, 2021

Spring 2022 Completers: March 25, 2022

Summer 2022 Completers: April 1, 2022 if planning to participate in May 16 commencement; otherwise the deadline is June 16, 2022


Download a Graduation Application

Requirements for Graduation

Requirements for graduation will vary according to 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 for graduation from each 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.


Commencement (Graduation Ceremony) Information


Commencement Orders and Fees

Caps, gowns, tassels, and diploma covers may be purchased at the ICC Bookstore on or after April 11, 2022. The package price for the cap, gown, and tassel is $25. Diploma covers can be purchased for $10 or if you would like your cover personalized the cover can be purchased for $15.


Yard Signs

Share your Patriot Pride by picking up your graduate lawn sign in Student Services on May 12. Signs will also be available for pick up at Commencement Rehearsal. Note: Graduates who are unable to participate in Commencement may still pick up a lawn sign from Student Services. To have somebody other than you pick up the sign, you will need to send that individual’s name to from your student email and they will need to present a photo ID at the time of pickup.


Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal

Commencement rehearsal will be held on Monday, May 16, at 9:30 a.m. in the Foundation and the parking lot behind The Foundation. All graduates should meet in the Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center for rehearsal and plan to be available for approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.

Students are required to attend rehearsal if they are participating in the Commencement ceremony. Written permission to be excused from the rehearsal must be approved by the registrar prior to May 16 if a graduate is unable to attend due to extenuating circumstances.


Commencement Dates and Times

Required Rehearsal - Monday, May 16, at 9:30 a.m. meet in The Foundation wearing casual dress. Do not wear your caps and gowns.

Group Pictures - Monday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m. meet in the rooms designated at rehearsal. The photo schedule will be posted in each room.

Commencement Ceremony Line Up - Monday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. Meet in the rooms designated at rehearsal.


Tickets and Seating

This year’s ceremony will be an open-air, outdoor event, therefore tickets are not required; however, all guests must bring their own chairs/seating and will be expected to socially distance groups. Seating may be provided for guests with special accommodations confirmed in advance. Please see Special Needs section for additional details.


Inclement Weather

In the event of significant weather conditions, graduates will be moved to the Frank and Mabel West Auditorium for Commencement. Guests will not be permitted into the auditorium due to social distancing requirements. However, a video of the ceremony will be posted at a later date. Graduates will be notified no later than 1 p.m. via student email and postings to the Isothermal Community College Facebook page the day of Commencement if these changes are made.


Weather Preparedness

Guests are encouraged to dress accordingly for weather conditions (rain, heat, wind, etc.). You may want to bring a beverage such as water or a sports drink (no alcohol permitted).



Gowns should be pressed inside out with cool iron or steamed. Preferred attire includes dark dress/skirt/slacks, preferably ankle length; white shirt with tie; black or dark colored shoes. While this is the preferred attire, it is not the required attire. All attire must meet expectations set forth by the Student Code of Conduct.

Mortarboard (Cap) may be decorated using personal expression in a way that complies with the Student Code of Conduct. As deemed appropriate by the dean of students, decorations must not be sexually suggestive, harassing, or unlawfully discriminatory in nature, or create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Decorations should be flat to the board of the cap or no higher than one inch. No tiaras, oversized flowers or ribbons, decorations draping down, lights, or decorations that will obstruct view or distract from the experience of the ceremony. If you have questions, please contact the registrar’s office in advance at

Tassels are worn on the right side then switched to the left when the president confers the credential and instructs you to turn your tassel.


Gold Tassels, Medallions, and Cords:

Gold Tassels: Graduates who have earned a program grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher may wear a gold tassel to designate this achievement. After rehearsal, you will receive an honor card to exchange or purchase an additional tassel and medallion in the Bookstore. You may exchange your black tassel for a gold one, or you may purchase a gold one. For 2022 summer graduates, honors will be calculated for all courses completed through the 2022 spring term. Your final GPA will be determined once 2022 summer courses are complete.

Medallions: Rutherford Early College High School and Polk County Early College graduates may wear a medallion. You may pick the medallion up from Records Office staff immediately following Commencement rehearsal.

The Bookstore hours for May 16 will be 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Cords: Graduates who are qualifying members of PTK, NSLS, NTHS, and PBL may be eligible to wear graduation cords. Please contact your organization’s advisor to inquire and receive these cords.


Outstanding Balances

Please take care of any financial deficiencies (outstanding balances), library fines, and overdue books before Commencement rehearsal. Bring proof of payment to the Records Office or email a copy of the receipt from your student email to



We will not be responsible for your valuables. You may want to leave them at home or with somebody you trust who is not participating in Commencement.


Cell Phones and Distractions

Graduates, employees, and guests are asked to turn cell phone to silent (not just vibrate) during all Commencement activities. We ask guests to remain seated until the end of the ceremony unless they have to attend to needs of self or others. For children, this is a long ceremony and they may need help remaining quiet and still. Please be mindful of volume, attention span, needs, and wants (water, activity packet and/or electronic devices with volume muted or earbuds).


Special Needs

If you or your guests require special accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility at 828-395-1732 or email Alfreda Lindsay at In order to guarantee accommodations, please make your request no later than April 23.



Handicap accessible parking will be available in the Foundation and Administration lots. A shuttle will be available for pick-up/drop-off. Please look for shuttle signs in lots across campus. Reminder: all guests should park in a designated parking space.




Restrooms will be available in The Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center.


Health and Safety Information

Isothermal Community College continues to follow recommended actions as set forth by the CDC and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Relevant updates will be made to this page prior to Commencement and will also be announced during rehearsal. All graduates should plan to wear face coverings to rehearsal.

Contact for information

Student Services
Student Center

Office: 828-395-4193
Department Directory

Office hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Subject to change depending on availability.

Jessica Morrow
Student Records Specialist

Rachel Mercantini