Graduation Ceremony Information

Information you need to know about Piedmont Technical College's commencement exercises.



General Information

Spring 2016 graduation is Thursday, May 5, 2016 in the James Medford Family Event Center. More information will be posted. 

Graduation is a formal occasion. Men should wear long dark pants. Women should wear dresses, skirt/blouse or dark pants. All graduates should wear dark shoes.


Families and Guests

Tickets will be required for all guests attending the graduation ceremony. Graduates will receive 6 tickets for their guests attending the ceremony. Tickets must be picked up in the Student Records Office beginning Tuesday, December 1 at 8 a.m. If available, extra tickets may be picked up in the Student Records Office beginning on December 10 at 8 a.m. Each person entering the building, including infants and children, must have a ticket and is entitled to one seat. Doors will open one hour prior to the ceremony. 

Announcements sold through the bookstore are not tickets for admission. 

Note: If you applied to graduate after October 16, your guest tickets for graduation will not be available until December 10.


Cap and Gown

Caps and gowns are sold by Barnes and Noble, the Campus Bookstore, on the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood. The price for a cap, gown, tassel and 1 pack of announcements is $57.85 plus tax. If you wish to order additional graduation announcements, they are $7.95 per pack of five. Students participating in the graduation ceremony must have a cap and gown. The Campus Bookstore Grad Fair will be Tuesday, November 17.



There is no graduation rehearsal. You must report to the Automotive Building (beside the Event Center) to pick up your Graduation Name Card and for Graduate Line-up. Graduates should arrive by 3:45 p.m.

Do not lose your Name Card. It gives you your number in line and you will hand it to the Graduation Marshal (Blue Robe) for your name to be called out before crossing the stage.

Please do not bring any personal belongings to the Automotive Building. There will not be a secure place to leave your items.



The processional begins promptly. Graduation Marshals (Blue Robes) will lead you into the Event Center. Graduates will enter down the center aisle. Graduation Marshals will direct you to your row. Remain standing for the National Anthem and the Invocation. Gentlemen, please remember to remove your cap.


Awarding of Degrees/Diplomas

When the Vice President for Academic Affairs calls on the candidates to rise, only the first row will proceed to the stage. Graduation Marshals (Blue Robes) will indicate when the next row rises to move to the stage.

When you approach the stage, hand your Name Card to the Graduation Marshal. When your name is called, walk across the stage to receive your diploma and a handshake from the College President, Dr. Ray Brooks. Your graduation picture will be taken as you receive your diploma. Also, shake hands with Mr. Y.J. Ahn, chairman of the PTC Area Commission and then your Academic Dean. Remember to move your tassel from right to left and exit the stage to return to your seat.

During the graduation ceremony, you will receive your degree cover and a Certificate of Participation. Your degree, diploma or certificate will be ready for pick-up in the Student Records Office on or after January 28, 2016. If you request your degree to be mailed, there will be an additional $5 fee.



After the benediction, graduates under the direction of the Graduation Marshals will exit to the outside of the Event Center. Do not congregate at the door, keep the line moving so that all graduates can exit the building.

Guests should remain seated until all graduates have exited the building.

Graduates, please make arrangements to meet your guests outside the Event Center.


Disability Accommodations

Seating is available for guests with physical disabilities. These guests can be accompanied by one attendant.

Students requiring any special assistance during the ceremony should contact the Student Records Office.



A professional photographer will take a photo of each graduate as he/she receives his/her degree. You will be contacted by mail with ordering information.



All fees must be paid before your degree can be presented. This includes parking fines, library fines and any outstanding debts owed to the college. Please check your Pathway account to view holds for outstanding fees/fines.

All GSL (Guaranteed Student Loan) students must complete the exit interview before degrees can be issued. You can complete the exit interview online here


Graduation Survey

Graduates must complete the online survey found here. Colleges are required to obtain this information for accreditation purposes. Your feedback is important to us and will help improve our services and educational programs.


Phi Theta Kappa

Members of Phi Theta Kappa will wear special stoles for graduation. To order a graduation stole, please contact Meredith Daniel at (864) 941-8442 or John Edwards at (864) 941-8462. For those who have not participated in a chapter fundraising event, the cost of the stole is $20 (Make checks payable to Phi Theta Kappa).



For any questions, contact Student Records at (864) 941-8361.