Commencement: Frequently Asked Questions
When and where is commencement?
A reception for graduates and their guests will be held immediately following the ceremony in a tented area adjacent to the Wellness and Athletics Center.
How do I get there? Where do I park?
Individuals with limited mobility or who require assistance will be directed to designated parking (Lot 3) upon arrival at the main entrance to the campus. Vehicles that require handicapped or senior parking should enter the campus in the right lane. For more detailed information, visit theDirections and Parking page on this site.
When should I/my guests arrive?
Faculty and staff who are participating in the commencement ceremony should report for robing to the Wellness and Athletics Center, rooms 008/012, and be ready to process outside the Wellness and Athletics Center by 9:45 a.m.
Do my guests need tickets?
What if I/my guests need special accommodations?
There will be a reserved area for guests using interpreter services. If you need special seating arrangements for deaf or hard of hearing guests, please contact Michael Shaw at 443-840-4408 by Tuesday, May 29 so an adequate number of seats may be reserved. If you do not notify us in advance, we cannot guarantee adequate seating.
There is a drop-off area near the graduation tent for those guests with limited mobility, and a designated parking area for cars with valid state "handicap" tags or placards. Guests must provide their own wheelchairs.
Note: There will be a live broadcast of the commencement ceremony in the Wellness and Athletics Center, with indoor seating to view the graduation. This may be a good option for elderly guests and guests with mobility issues, for whom walking to the ceremony tent may be challenging.
How do I order my cap and gown?
The cost of the cap and gown is covered in the graduation application fee. Graduates wishing to purchase additional tassels may do so when they pick up their cap and gown in the CCBC Bookstore. Additional tassels cost $3.25 each. They are not available online.
Graduates with an overall grade point average of 3.40 or greater are eligible to wear gold honor tassels as part of their graduation regalia. The overall grade point average is determined by computing your cumulative course work from CCBC.
Please note theses important deadlines for ordering commencement regalia:
Friday, February 9
- Cap and gown orders accepted online or in CCBC bookstores
Monday, April 16
- Last day to place online orders for cap and gowns. After this date, all students and faculty must place regalia orders in person at a CCBC bookstore.
Monday, May 14
- First day to pick up commencement regalia at campus bookstores.
Wednesday, May 23
- Students: Last day to order commencement regalia (in person at a CCBC bookstore).
- Faculty: Regalia orders placed on or after this date will be assessed a $30 late fee in addition to the cost of the cap and gown. All faculty orders are overnighted to the CCBC bookstore where order was placed.
How do I get announcements?
Note: Announcements are not tickets. See question #4 above regarding tickets.
When will I receive my diploma?
Note: Students who have previously graduated in August and December should have received their diplomas in the mail.
What should I wear?
Will I get a graduation photograph?
There will also be opportunities for additional cap-and-gown photographs prior to the commencement ceremony and at GradFest 2018, Saturday, May 19 at CCBC Essex.