Graduation Ceremony Information

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



General Information

Fall 2019 Graduation will be held on Thursday, December 12, in the James Medford Family Event Center. There will be two ceremonies. Below are the divisions that will be participating in each ceremony.

  • 3:00 p.m. – Arts & Sciences, Business/Information Technology/Commercial Arts/Public Service, and Engineering & Industrial Technology
  • 7:00 p.m. – Health Care

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 November 11 at 8:00 a.m. If available, extra tickets may be picked up in the Student Records Office beginning on December 2. Each person entering the building, including infants and children, must have a ticket and is entitled to one seat. Announcements sold through the bookstore are not tickets for admission. Doors will open one hour before the ceremony.



Graduation Security:  In an ongoing effort to maintain a safe environment for graduating students and their families, PTC has increased security measures for all graduation ceremonies. Guests are encouraged to leave all unnecessary items in vehicles. Bags brought into the event must be clear plastic. Umbrellas and balloons will not be allowed into the event.

SC law prohibits carrying a firearm on PTC property without the express permission of college administration.


Cap and Gown

Caps and gowns are sold by Barnes and Noble, the Campus Bookstore, on the Lex Walters Campus-Greenwood. Barnes and Noble will hold a Grad Fair in the Bookstore on Wednesday, November 13 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The approximate price for a cap, gown, tassel and 1 pack of announcements is $62 plus tax. If you wish to order additional graduation announcements, they are approximately $11 plus tax per pack of five. Students participating in the graduation ceremony must have a black cap and gown



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.

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 will begin 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 Graduation Announcer 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. H. George Piersol, II, 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 from Fall graduation will be ready for pick-up in the Student Records Office on or after December 19, 2019. If you request your degree to be mailed, there will be an additional $5 fee. Request for Degree to be Mailed form



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 $25 (Make checks payable to Phi Theta Kappa).



For any questions, contact Student Records at (864) 941-8362.