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Graduate Frequently Asked Questions

How can I participate in the Graduation Ceremony?
Students are required to file a Graduation Audit form with the Student Records Office, Room 148 Main Building.  The graduation audit form can be found at
Once completed, email the form to, fax to 616-234-4204, or drop the form off to the Student Records Office. If you have questions regarding your audit, please call 616-234-4121.

Is there a deadline to submit my Graduation Audit if I want to participate in Commencement?
All graduates need to submit their Graduation Audit by Friday, April 4th, 2014 to ensure their name appears in the Commencement Program.

What if I’m not completing my degree or program until the end of summer 2014?
If you are completing your degree or program at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year (summer), you still would participate in the May 2 Commencement program.

How do I get my cap and gown for the ceremony?
You may purchase your Cap and Gown at Grad Fest, Tuesday, April 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, Student Community Center.  Cost will be $31.00 plus tax. Payment methods are cash, check, credit card or RaiderCard.

What if I miss Grad Fest, how do I get my cap and gown?
You may purchase your cap and gown at the GRCC Bookstore.

What if I already have a cap and gown?
If you already have a cap and gown, you must bring the items to Student Life for a color check in order to receive your guest tickets.

Where do I get my tickets for family and friends to attend the commencement ceremony?
You will receive your guest tickets at the time you purchase your cap and gown at Grad Fest. If you are unable to attend Grad Fest, you can purchase your cap and gown at the GRCC Bookstore.  You will need to present the items with your receipt to the Student Life office to receive your guest tickets.  Be sure to distribute tickets to your guests prior to commencement.

What if I lose my tickets?
The College will not replace lost tickets.  You should keep them safe and store them where they can easily be found.

What if I need additional tickets?
Due to space limitations, the College is unable to give additional tickets.

 Why should I attend the graduation rehearsal?
Rehearsal is 9:00 a.m., Friday, May 2, Ford Fieldhouse. Attendance is mandatory. The rehearsal provides each student important line-up, seating, and stage movement directions. It is your final opportunity to insure correct pronunciation of your name, and receive last minute information. Rehearsal typically lasts about one hour. You do not need to wear your cap and gown at rehearsal.

What if I need special accommodations?
Please contact our Student Life office at 616-234-4160. An interpreter will be available on stage for the hearing impaired, as well as real-time captioning.

How can I be assured my name is pronounced correctly when I walk across the stage?
The best way to assure your name is correctly pronounced is to attend rehearsal. You will have an opportunity to meet with the Dean who will be announcing your name to provide the correct pronunciation.

At what time should I be in line before the ceremony starts?
If you are planning to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must have attended rehearsal or made prior arrangements with the Student Life office, be dressed in cap and gown and in line at your designated spot on Olivarez Student Plaza (formerly Bostwick Commons) no later than 5:15 p.m. The ceremony starts promptly at 6:00 p.m.

What if it is raining, do I still line up on Olivarez Student Plaza (formerly Bostwick Commons)?
No, you will proceed to the second floor of the Student Community Center.  Staff will be available to direct you.

What kind of clothing should I wear underneath my gown?
All students should dress for the weather. Suggested attire for men includes trousers and a shirt with a collar. A necktie is optional.  Suggested attire for women includes a dress or blouse and trousers.  Flat shoes or shoes with a short heel is recommended for safety.

Will there be someone to help me with my cap and gown on graduation day?
There will be GRCC staff to help assist you with last-minute details.

On what side of my cap do I wear my tassel?
You will wear the tassel on the right side of the cap until instructed to move it. At the end of the graduation ceremony, all graduates will be directed to move the tassel from the right side to the left side of the cap.

Do I take off my cap during the playing of the national anthem?
Men should remove their caps and hold them in their right hand, down by their side.

How long does the ceremony last?
The ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Will I receive my degree or certificate at the ceremony?Diplomas are mailed to your address on file after Student Records verifies your degree or certificate and it has been posted to your transcript.  You will however receive your diploma cover on stage.

Where can I meet my family and friends after the ceremony?
All guests can connect with graduates following the ceremony on Olivarez Student Plaza (formerly Bostwick Commons).