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Graduation Commencement

Commencement Information

  1. Commencement Letter
  2. Grad Fair 2014
  3. Attendance
  4. Cap & Gown
  5. Diploma
  6. Honors & PTK
  7. Guests
  8. Directions to the Ted Constant Convocation Center

Commencement: December 18th, 2014

Instructions and details regarding commencement will be mailed to all graduation applicants approximately one month prior to the ceremony.

Attention Prospective Graduates!

Visit the Tidewater Community College Grad Fair 2014

Virginia Beach Campus
Thursday, November 13, 2014

MacArthur Center

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Your college bookstore, Barnes & Noble at TCC, will stock the Cap, Gown, and Tassel package at all campus location bookstores. Barnes & Noble will also sell individual items if needed. Call 757-625-3459 with all questions about regalia, or plan to attend one of the Grad Fairs.

The bookstore also has generic graduation announcements in stock, as well as diploma frames and class rings.

Visit your college bookstore, Barnes & Noble at TCC, today!

Questions about your application? E-mail graduate@tcc.edu.

Questions about commencement? Call the TCC Information Center at 757-822-1122.

Commencement ceremonies are held in May and December.

  • There is no summer graduation ceremony. 
  • Students who expect to graduate in the summer (typically August) should plan to participate in the December ceremony. 
  • The names of August graduates are published in the December commencement program.
  • Dates for the commencement events are published in the college academic calendars.

The Office of the College Registar is not responsible for the coordination of commencement, but does record a student's plans for attendance at commencement, as noted by the student on the graduation application.

Participation in commencement does not assure that a student has been been cleared for graduation. Clearance for graduation takes place after final grades for the semester/term have been entered and reviewed.

Diplomas are mailed approximately six weeks following degree certification. They are mailed to the current mailing address, as recorded in the College's Student Information System (SIS).


Students are strongly encouraged to participate in commencement. To participate, students must RSVP. (Tidewater Community College Commencement RSVP Form). Students who participate in Commencement must remain until event is over.

Students unable to participate due to extenuating circumstances should make this notation on the Application for Graduation at the time of submission.

If plans change from what was indicated on the Application for Graduation, students should E-mail the Graduation Team at graduate@tcc.edu with this notification.

Academic Regalia

The Barnes and Noble at TCC Bookstores holds Graduation Fairs in November and April where students may purchase:

  • caps and gowns
  • announcements
  • class rings
  • diploma frames

Notice of the fair dates will be sent to graduation applicants approximately one month before the graduation date. For additional details, you may contact Barnes & Noble at Tidewater Community College Bookstore.

Honors & PTK

Students graduating with honors will have their grade-point averages verified on the evening of commencement. Eligible students may exchange a black tassel for a gold one prior to commencement at check-in.

For PTK members: PTK regalia is the PTK member's responsibility. Regalia is not sold at the bookstore or by the local chapter, but may be purchased online at: http://recognitions.ptk.org/. Enhanced members should contact their chapter president.


There is no limit on the number of guests you may invite to the graduation ceremony, and tickets are not required.

Questions about your application? E-mail graduate@tcc.edu.

Questions about commencement? Call the TCC Information Center at 757-822-1122.