Frequently Asked Questions – Graduation



The Spring 2018 Commencement will be held at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 6 p.m.  Graduates should arrive promptly at 5:00 p.m. dressed in cap and gown.  There are no tickets required for entrance and no limit as to the number of people you may invite.

Personal items such as purses and cell phone are not allowed in the arena, and should be left with a family member or in a locked vehicle.  Staff members will be available to direct graduates to the appropriate line-up area.  The entire ceremony is expected to last one hour.  Diplomas will be distributed immediately following the ceremony.  Please note that all academic requirements and financial obligations must be satisfied to participate in the ceremony. Name recognition in the commencement program does not guarantee degree completion.

Eligible Award Levels for Participation

Candidates receiving a certificate of general studies, certificate of technical studies, technical diploma, or associate degree may participate in the ceremony. Candidates receiving a technical competency area certificate are eligible to participate if the declared program of study is Nurse Assistant, Electrocardiograph Technician, or Cardiovascular Medical Clinical Assistant.

Family and Friends

Family and friends will not be permitted to enter the graduates’ assembly area.  Staff members will be available to direct family and friends to seating areas.  All guests must be seated before the doors close at 5:45 p.m., as they will not be opened while the academic procession is in progress.

Grad Days

Grad Days are scheduled to take place on April 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Schriever Atrium.  All graduating students are encouraged to attend.  Students are not required to attend both days and they may arrive at any time during the two-hour program event each day.  Alumni Affairs, the Bookstore, Career Services, Financial Aid, and the Registrar will be distributing information during the Grad Days.  Students will receive all pertinent graduation information during these days.

Ceremony Etiquette

You have achieved a significant milestone that warrants excitement and we want you to enjoy your day.  Please remember, however, that this is an academic ceremony of dignity.  Families are encouraged to applaud graduates as they receive diplomas.  Your enthusiasm and excitement is warranted; however, the use of air horns or other artificial noisemakers is not permissible.  BALLOONS, POSTERS, AIR HORNS OR OTHER PARTY MATERIAL WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE ARENA.

Ceremony Attire

All students will wear regalia.  For gentlemen, it is recommended that clothing worn under the gown consist of dress shirt, tie, and dark colored dress pants. For ladies, it is recommended that clothing worn under the gown consist of dark colored dresses or dark colored pantsuits. Dark-colored dress shoes are to be worn as the cap and gown will be blue. Flip-flop type shoes, tennis shoes and work boots are not allowed. Backless shoes are not recommended as you will be walking up steps to receive your award. Earrings should be modest in length; necklaces, chains, pendants, etc. should be worn under the gown. Jeans or Capri pants (which are longer in length than the gown) are not allowed.  If your gown is wrinkled, it is suggested that you steam your gown the day before the ceremony.

The appropriate cap for graduates is the familiar black “mortarboard.”  The mortarboard is worn straight on the head with the point of the cap in the center of the forehead.  The tassel should hang to the left of the face.

Caps and Gown

In March 2018, the Fletcher Bookstore began selling caps and gowns.  The cost is $48.56 for the cap, gown, and tassel.  Included with the regalia is a white collar for females.

Please note that the cost is NON-REFUNDABLE and regalia is NON-RETURNABLE.

Academic Honors**

Honor designations are determined by the cumulative grade point average of all work completed as of Spring 2018.  Honor cords will be distributed on Commencement Day immediately before the ceremony.  Honors are recognized as follows:


  • Chancellor’s Honors: 3.8 to 4.0, Navy cord
  • Dean’s Honors: 3.50 to 3.79, Navy and silver cord

**Developmental courses are not included in the calculation of grade point averages.

Diploma/Degree Inscription

Diplomas are inscribed with the College name, degree title, graduate’s name, and date of award.  Your name will appear on your degree/diploma in LoLA.  Name corrections must be done by April 30, 2018.


Candid Campus Photography will take pictures of each graduate with the Chancellor as he or she crosses the stage.  You may order pictures directly from the photographer.  Make sure you complete the information form at Grad Days.

Disability Assistance

To assist us in providing arrangements for graduates or guests of graduates with special needs, please contact the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Becky McBride at 984.448.7924 by Friday, May 11, 2018.


  • After the platform party and faculty have exited the platform, the Faculty Line Leaders will signal when graduates should begin the recessional. Each row will follow the proceeding row.
  • Graduates should return to the assigned robing area to be dismissed for diploma distribution.

Diploma Distribution

  • Students will immediately pick up diplomas in the assigned robing area.
  • Fall graduates who have already received their diploma will return to the assigned robing area to be dismissed when instructed by staff.

CONGRATULATIONS!  Remember, this is your day.  You have earned it and have fun!  We hope that you and your guests will enjoy your graduation ceremony.  We wish you every success in the future.


NOTE:  Students must successfully complete ALL classes toward their respective degree for academic requirements including the payment of ALL money owed to the College by the end of the Spring 2018 semester to participate in the Commencement ceremony, receive an official transcript, or be issued a diploma.

Any questions regarding graduation should be directed to the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Becky McBride at or 985.448.7924.