A safe and respectful commencement ceremony honoring our graduates is the goal at graduation. Please read these important ceremony details to ensure a seamless event for everyone attending.

Dress code
Official academic regalia is required to participate in the commencement ceremony.

  • The cap and gown (academic regalia) may not have ornamentation or be altered. The graduation cap must remain all black for the ceremony. 
  • Cap and gown must be ordered through Herff Jones – Update: Graduates are encouraged to place their cap and gown order by Friday, April 16 to accommodate for potential delays in shipping.
    • Caps and gowns will be delivered directly to students.
    • The College covers the cost of cap, gown and tassel; students pay only the shipping and handling fee if ordered by the deadline.
  • Graduates should wear black under the gown (dress, slacks/pants, shoes).

Cords and Stoles
Designated service and academic cords or stoles are awarded to undergraduate students who have demonstrated service, received Latin Honors, been inducted into the Nursing Honor Society, and/or are members/officers of the National Student's Nurses Association. Only cords and stoles approved by the College are permitted. This includes:

  • Latin Honors graduates wear apricot cords. Graduates who have achieved Latin Honors earned a GPA of 3.50 or higher.
  • Nursing Honor Society graduates wear purple and white cords. Membership in the Nursing Honor Society is by invitation and acceptance. Please contact Dr. Christine Turner if you have questions.
  • Service graduates are recognized with a royal blue cord. Examples of service include Ambassadors, SGO, Mission Trips, Alternative Spring Break, etc.
  • Graduates of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega (APO) wear blue and gold cords.
  • Graduates who are members of the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) wear cords that are silver, light blue and purple. Graduates who are officers of the NSNA wear an official white stole embroidered with the NSNA logo.

Announcements, Frames, College Rings
Graduates who wish to purchase these additional items to commemorate their graduation can do so through Herff Jones.

Guest Maximum
Due to social distancing requirements and physical space constraints at the College, a maximum of five (5) guests will be allowed for each graduate participating in the May 2021 commencement.

Pay Tuition Bill, Return Books 
Please confirm with the Bursar that your bill is paid in full. Library books should be returned by May 7 to the bin located in the lobby at the College’s front entrance.

Student Email
Once you graduate, your student email will be deactivated. Please update your primary email address as appropriate.

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