Check off your to-do list before graduation!

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Anthony Gordon, AAOT major transferring to be a film major, goes to the Hawk Shop to celebrate graduation preparation.
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Just three weeks away, and it’s time for Graduation.

“Graduation is a milestone for students whether they’re doing a two-year associate degree or a certificate or their GED, and it’s a time to celebrate what your family and friends and UCC faculty and staff have done to assist you. Even if you’re going on to another degree, this ceremony is special. A community college graduation just has a different feel: personal, fun and moving,” said Marjan Coester, director for student engagement.

For 2023 graduates to march alongside their peers as they start a new chapter, a few things must be done quickly to participate in the ceremony:

  • RSVP your seat: A RSVP will be required to march. These were due initially by May 13 but are still being accepted; however, students with late RSVPs may not have their names in the printed program handed out during the ceremony.
  • Pick up a cap and gown in the LaVerne Murphy Student Center Lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday June 12, 13 and 14, 2023. Gowns are distributed based on height and weight.
  • Decide whether you want an official graduation photo in your regalia.
  • Invite friends and family!
  • Be ready to line up in the Riverhawk gym at 4 p.m. on June 16 wearing your full regalia, if you are not marching you may pick up your diploma cover at the Office of Registration and Records.
  • Order or pick up your cap and gown. Make sure that you check the sizing chart.
  • Set your tassel hanging from the right side of your cap.
  • When the line moves to your time on the stage, be prepared to shake hands with the staff who will distribute your diploma cover to you and take a moment to look at the crowd and smile so your family and friends can get a photo. You will only be picking up your diploma cover as your diploma will be mailed to you after spring grades are turned in. After the ceremony, UCC President Rachel Pokrandt will present the class of 2023 who will then rise and, at the prompt, use their left hand to move their tassels from the right side to the left of their graduation caps. The graduates will then be led through a recessional to the reception in the Jacoby area.

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