Pearl River Community College holds one graduation ceremony per year. This ceremony is each spring at the completion of the spring semester. Students may officially graduate in December, August, or May of each year. After graduation applications have been procesed December and August graduates will be mailed diplomas. May graduates will either collect their diplomas at graduation or in the mail following the ceremony.
2017 Commencement Ceremony Information:
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:00am
Marvin R. White Coliseum
Graduates may invite up to five guests to the ceremony. Guest tickets will be issued to graduates shortly after the cap and gown ordering deadline passes. Guests must present their ticket when entering the coliseum for the graduation ceremony. More information about picking up guest tickets will be provided by email after April 20, 2017 and will be posted on the graduation page of our website.
Assembly and Line-up
8:45 a.m. (Graduates must be on time.) Report to the maroon tent outside of the Coliseum. Check-in and receive items such as honor cords.
Women should wear dark shoes with a walking and closed heel. Men should wear a white shirt, tie, dark trousers, dark socks and dark shoes. The only item that may be worn over the gown are honors cords and Phi Theta Kappa stoles.
During the ceremony, a picture will be taken of each graduate. On the day of graduation, you will complete a card with your contact information. This card will be used to call your name at the ceremony and to identify you to the photographer. Approximately five days after the ceremony, you will be notified regarding purchasing your pictures online.
During the Ceremony
Faculty and Staff will be in strategic locations directing graduates of when to sit/stand.
Awarding of Diplomas
Students participating in the graduation ceremony will each receive an empty diploma cover during the ceremony. If you were an August or December graduate and have already received your diploma in the mail, place your empty diploma cover in your chair after the ceremony.
After the Ceremony
May graduates return to the maroon tent to collect your diploma. (Prior to the day of the ceremony, I encourage you to check the status of your account with the Business Office. You will not receive your diploma or a transcript until your account has been cleared.)
Phi Theta Kappa Members
If you are a member of Phi Theta Kappa and wish to wear graduation regalia, you may wear the Honors Stole and Gold Tassel. You are NOT permitted to wear the Double Honor Cord or the Key Medallion. Phi Theta Kappa graduation regalia may be purchased directly from the Recognitions Catalog 1-800-946-9995 or at the Recognitions Store online at www.ptk.org.
- Stoles: $24.00
- Tassels: $ 10.00