Commencement Info 2019


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Commencement exercises for the Class of 2019 will be celebrated on the main campus on Friday, May 17.  It is a celebration of your success, both academically and personally.  It’s a great time to share your excitement with family, friends and fellow graduates.

Here’s what you need to know:

Commencement Graduation is held under a tent on the lawn of the main campus regardless of weather conditions.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 5:00 pm and it is anticipated that it will end between 6:00 and 6:30 pm.  If you have someone attending graduation that is in need of disability accommodations, please contact Laura in the Registrar’s Office ( to make arrangements no later than May 10.
Caps and Gowns A college-wide email will be sent as soon as caps and gowns are ready for pick up in the bookstore, with nursing students picking theirs up through their department.  Any students wishing to pick up their cap and gown in Littleton or North Conway may do so by contacting the bookstore.
Tassels If you have earned honors or high honors, a silver or gold tassel will be given at graduation rehearsal. Tassels should be worn on the right side.
Invitations Graduates are provided two invitations.  Please go to the Registrar’s Office to pick up.  Please note that guests do not need an invitation to attend.
PTK Stoles If you are a member of the Honor Society and have an Honors Stole, be sure to bring it with you for the ceremony.
Rehearsal It is important that graduates attend rehearsal on Friday, May 17 at 2:30 p.m.  You will line up by department, then alphabetically by program, beginning in the hallway outside of the library. (See Procession)
Photography A professional photographer will be taking pictures of each graduate after they have received their diploma before returning to their seat.  Each graduate will receive two 5 x 7 and one 8 x 10 pictures.  Additional prints may be purchased by visiting
Procession Platform guests, faculty, and graduates will line up for the processional at the south exit door and down the corridor toward the library.  Graduates will line up alphabetically, first by department and then by program as follows:


Arts, Humanities, Communications & Design                              

               Interdisciplinary Studies

               Liberal Arts

               Library Technology



               Business Administration


               Financial Services

Health Science & Services

               Health & Wellness

               Health Science

               Massage Therapy

               Medical Assistant

               Medical Coding


               Office Management

               Patient Care Specialist

               Veterinary Assistant

Hospitality & Culinary Arts

                 Baking & Pastry Arts

                 Culinary Arts

                 Resort & Recreation Management

Education, Social & Behavioral Science

                Autism Education

                 Criminal Justice/Homeland Security

                 Early Childhood Education

                 Human Services

                 Teacher Education

                 Special Education

Industry & Transportation

                 Advanced Welding Technology

                 Automotive Technology

                 Commercial Driver Training

                 Diesel Heavy Equipment

                 Driver Education Instructor

STEM & Advanced Manufacturing      

                  Environmental Science

                  Information Technology

The procession will enter from the back of the seating area and proceed up a designated aisle. Platform guests will line up first, followed by faculty who will proceed to their seats beginning with the first row on the left facing the platform. Graduates will stay approximately one arm’s length from the student in front of them. Graduates shall occupy the rows in the center section facing the stage. Upon reaching your seats, all will remain standing for the singing of the National Anthem. Males will remove their caps and hold them in their right hand by their side throughout the song.

Following awards and speeches, the Department Chairperson for Arts, Humanites, Communications & Design will begin the awarding ceremonies by saying, “Will all candidates for degrees and certificates in the Arts, Humanities, Communication & Design Focus Area please rise and present themselves.” The graduates from that focus area will all rise and begin to exit, row by row, to the right of the row and line up behind the announcer.  Please stop by the announcer where you will state your name quietly to them; they will announce your name over the PA. When your name is called, proceed up to the stage to the Department Chairperson who will hand you your diploma jacket. Accept the award in your left hand and extend your right hand for a handshake.

Congratulatory handshakes will be offered on the platform by the Board and College representatives. Immediately after descending the platform, stop for a photo.  Return to your seat and be seated. If you share a row with candidates from another department, as you stand and exit to the right, the candidates from that other department will move to the last seat on the right.

After the last graduate has been seated, you will be asked to rise.  All will be congratulated and instructed to move their tassels from right to left.  Graduates will remain standing while platform guests exit, followed by the faculty.  Graduates will fall in behind the last faculty member as directed by the Class Marshals.  Proceed all the way to the back and exit the immediate area before socializing with relatives and friends.

Your diploma jacket will not contain your degree/certificate.  You will be receiving it in the mail along with your photos.

Following the commencement exercises, graduates and their guests are invited to the Bistro for refreshments and live music.

For more information, contact Laura at in the Registrar’s Office.

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