• Group of CCBC graduates lined up.

Information for Graduates

Graduates must report to the check-in/robing area in the lobby of the Wellness and Athletics Center by 12 p.m. for robing and lineup for the ceremony’s procession.

Faculty and staff processional marshals will be there to assist you. Please do not bring valuables into the check-in/robing area, as these items will not be secure.

Commencement programs

Programs will be distributed to graduates and their guests at the ceremony. The commencement program recognizes each graduate, listing degree recipients in alphabetical order.


Those who have met the graduation requirements, applied for graduation by the graduation deadline and satisfied all obligations to the college will receive their official diplomas immediately following the commencement ceremony. Graduates will be directed to the diploma distribution area during the recessional.

Graduates must show proper identification in order to pick up their diplomas following the ceremony.

Name cards

An index card printed with your name will be given to you at commencement check-in. You will hand the card to the reader as you cross the stage.

Wearing the academic regalia

To the associate degree candidate, perhaps the most important element of academic regalia is the tassel.

Traditionally, it is worn on the right side of the mortarboard until the president, during the ceremony, formally confers degrees upon the recipients. The tassel is then moved from the right side to the left side of the mortarboard. This act symbolizes each recipient's new and well-earned status.
  • 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.
Commencement-day weather can range from rainy and cool to sunny and hot — sometimes all in the same morning! Students participating in the CCBC commencement ceremony are encouraged to wear occasion and weather-appropriate clothing beneath their regalia.

Lightweight fabrics are generally a good choice to help avoid becoming overheated. Students should consider wearing low-heeled shoes in order to more easily maneuver the stairs and grassy areas of the ceremony site.

Graduates who do not have proper academic regalia (cap and gown) will not be permitted to process and cross the stage.

Decoration of academic regalia
Graduates may decorate their mortarboards for the commencement ceremony. Embellishments are limited to the graduation cap mortarboard (the square, flat top) only. The academic gown and hood cannot be altered or decorated.

Since commencement is an official academic ceremony, we ask that all decorations be in good taste, be a positive representation of CCBC’s academic programs and community, and be family-friendly. There may be no three-dimensional decorations (items extending up from or hanging down from the mortarboard).

Graduates with mortarboard decorations that do not meet these guidelines may be asked to remove their decorations prior to the ceremony.