Preparing for commencement

Instructions and details regarding commencement will be mailed to all graduation applicants approximately one month prior to the ceremony. Here is important information to help you prepare for the ceremony.

Cap & gown

Caps, gowns, tassels and cords are available for purchase at all Barnes & Noble at TCC campus locations. A cap, gown, tassel and stole set costs $44.98. Campus bookstores will also sell individual items if needed.

Honor cords & eligibility

Students must purchase their own honor cords at Barnes & Noble Bookstore when they purchase their regalia. Career Studies Certificate graduates are not eligible for graduation honors.

Students who have fulfilled their program requirements are eligible for graduation honors based on their cumulative grade point averages:

  • 3.200-3.499 Cum Laude (with honor)
  • 3.500-3.799 Magna Cum Laude (with high honor)
  • 3.800-4.000 Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor)


Phi Theta Kappa stoles

PTK regalia is the member's responsibility. Regalia can only be purchased online at the PTK store. Members are encouraged to consult with their PTK advisor prior to purchasing PTK regalia.

Grad Fair

Two Grad Fairs are held each Spring and Fall semester where academic regalia and other items can be purchased. Details will be sent to graduation applicants.

Graduation announcements

Announcements are available for purchase through all Barnes & Noble at TCC locations. Custom announcements can be ordered online here.

Commencement flowers & gifts

Items will be available for purchase at the ceremony. Items may also be ordered online here prior to the ceremony

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