2015 Commencement Ceremony
Monday, May 4, 2015
Congratulations on your graduation!
We want to provide you some additional details and instructions on graduation and the Commencement ceremony.
Apply for Graduation:
Register for Commencement:
By April 15, email us at email@example.com and register for Commencement by telling us you plan to march in the ceremony. In your email, include your:
- First and last name
- Your student ID number
- Your program of study
Purchase Your Cap and Gown:
Purchase the appropriate cap and gown at the campus bookstore. Graduation regalia will be available beginning April 14th, and you must pay for your cap and gown at the bookstore by noon on Monday, May 5th, to march in Commencement. The cost will be approximately $ 40. Caps and gowns will not be available at rehearsal or at Commencement graduation; you must buy these yourself by the deadline.
The bookstore is located in Building 100, Room 909, 678-226-6276. Bookstore hours: Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to Noon.
- Honor Graduates (Cumulative GPA 3.69 or higher at the end of Fall Semester) – You must purchase your silver honors stole at the bookstore with your cap and gown.
- National Technical Honor Society – Your white tassel will be passed out at Commencement rehearsal practice on the morning of May 5.
- Phi Theta Kappa – Your blue and gold honor cord must be ordered. For ordering information, contact your club sponsor. No other regalia (gold stole or gold tassels) may be used.
Attend the Mandatory Practice:
On Monday, May 5 at 9 a.m., you'll attend a mandatory commencement practice at the Gwinnett Arena. The rehearsal will familiarize you with your seating arrangement, marching order, and all details for the ceremony, including what to wear.
- To walk in Commencement, you must attend practice.
- Children are not allowed at practice, so please plan ahead.
- Casual dress is fine for practice.
- Park in front of the Arena, and follow the signs for graduates.
Arrival & Parking:
For Commencement, students should plan to arrive at the Arena at Gwinnett Center no later than 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2015.
You need to arrive early to avoid traffic and to be on time for the lineup and preparation for the march. If you arrive after 6:30 p.m., you will be placed at the end of the line and will not be able to march with your program classmates.
When you arrive, park in the lot directly in front of Arena and follow the signs. There will be a special entry at the left side of building.
What to Wear:
Wear black or dark navy blue slacks and a white shirt with a dark color tie. Absolutely no shorts will be allowed. If you arrive in shorts, you will not be allowed to march.
Wear black or navy slacks or a black or navy dress or skirt. If wearing a blouse, it should be white. Try to avoid wearing a dress or skirt that is longer than the commencement gown.
Who can attend?
We have plenty of seating for as many family members as you would like to invite to Commencement. Please do not bring small children to Commencement, as it's a very long ceremony.
Map & Directions:
Click here for a map and directions to the Arena at the Gwinnett Center. Remember, we are using the Arena, not the Convention Center.
From I-85 South:
Take I-85 North to exit 108 (Sugarloaf Parkway). At the base of the exit, turn left onto Sugarloaf Parkway, passing underneath the interstate. Cross Satellite Blvd. The third left turn will be the entrance into the Arena parking lot. Park as close as you can to the Arena and follow the signs.
From I-85 North:
Exit 1-85 South at exit 109 (Old Peachtree/Sugarloaf Parkway). Follow the signs to Sugarloaf Parkway and take a right on Sugarloaf Parkway. Cross Satellite Blvd. The third left turn will be the entrance into the Gwinnett Arena parking lot. Park as close as you can to the Arena and follow the signs.
Receiving your Graduation Award:
When you walk in front of the stage to receive your award, you'll receive a blue diploma cover. Your award(s) will be available for pickup at the Registrar/Records desk in the One-Stop Center of Bldg. 100 as noted below, according to the term in which you complete all academic requirements.
- Fall 2013 diplomas will be available beginning February 1, 2014.
- Spring 2014 diplomas will be available beginning July 1, 2014.
- Summer 2014 diplomas will be available beginning September 1, 2014.
Please contact the Registrar's office with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Verifying your Graduation Award:
Once you have completed all academic requirements (grades posted and graduation audit completed), your degree/diploma/certificate award(s) will be posted in the college student records database system and will be reflected on your transcript which you can see online at www.gtc-web.org.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DISPLAYING TRANSCRIPT
- Login at www.gtc-web.org (enter your user ID and PIN #)
- Select Student Services and Financial Aid
- Select Student Records
- Select Academic Transcript
- Select Submit
- Your transcript will now be displayed. GPA information is at the end of the transcript.
We have a professional photography service that will take photos and make them available to you for viewing and purchase. Parents and family are not allowed on the Arena floor to take pictures or video.
Graduation Images will be photographing all graduates at the GTC Commencement ceremony. You may visit that company's website, www.gradimages.com, and click on the Pre-Event Email Registration to register your email address. If you have provided an email in your notice to us of your intent to march in Commencement, we will have already sent your name and email address to the company so that they can follow up with you. You will also receive an email link and free passport-sized digital proofs of your photos within 3 to 7 days following the ceremony. After graduation, you may order online at www.gradimages.com or call 800-261-2576.
Additional Questions? Email us at email@example.com.