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How Do I . . . ?: GCC Graduation

Awards Convocation

  • Thursday, May 18, 2017
  • 5:30 pm in Room, N-100
  • Students receiving awards will be notified by GCC mail
  • This event is open to all students, faculty and staff to attend and support the award recipients
  • For more information regarding the Awards Convocation, please contact Shelly Frosolone at (203) 285-2407.

2017 Commencement Event

Cap and gown are required for all graduation candidates.  The cost of the cap and gowns will be $32.00 plus tax.  If you are unable to attend a Graduation Fair, with presentation of proper photo identification, you may pick up your cap and gown at the College Bookstore in N-109 beginning Monday, May 1, 2017 until Thursday, May 25, 2017.

STORE HOURS: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
                             Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
                             Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Please contact the bookstore for store hours after May 15, 2017.

Graduation (or Commencement) will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at the Oakdale Theater located at 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford.  

Rehearsal will take place on Monday, May 22, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at Oakdale Theater.  Please make every effort to attend. Please plan ahead to be prompt. 

A Graduation Fair will be held on the second floor Fairway on:

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

During this time, graduates will be able to pick up their invitations and graduate name cards, pick up their cap and gown ($32.00 + tax fee), have portrait photographs taken, confirm graduation status, speak to a representative from Career Services and sign up family members who will require accessible seating due to a disability. A photo ID is required to pick up your tickets.

Guests not seated before the beginning of the processional (promptly at 6:00 pm)  will NOT be permitted into the Theater until AFTER the processional has ended.  To honor all graduates, we require a commitment from you and your guests to remain in your designated seat for the duration of the ceremony (approximately two hours).  All cell phones, food, beverages, baby carriages and helium balloons are strictly prohibited.

Ticket Pick Up (if you are unable to attend a Graduation Fair)

  • Tickets will be available at the Graduation Rehearsal on Monday, May 22, 2017. A photo ID is required to pick up your tickets. 
  • Four (4) invitations will be given per graduate

You will also need to pick up your Graduate Name Card at the Graduation Fair.  You must bring this card with you to Graduation!  The purpose of this card is to announce your name and degree/certificate.  The Graduate Name Card also serves as the information card for the photographers at the ceremony. Graduates will have the option of purchasing photographs by filling out the card. However, there is no obligation to do so.

A professional photographer will be available to take a portrait photograph at the Graduation Fair.  A photograph will also be taken at Graduation when diplomas are presented to each participant.  The Graduate Name Card also serves as the information card for the photographer at the ceremony. Graduates will have the option of purchasing photographs by filling out the card. However, there is no obligation to do so.

  • Students must assemble in the Connecticut Room at The Oakdale Theater
  • Please arrive no later than 4:30 p.m.
  • The Procession begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.
  • Parents, families and friends will NOT be allowed into the Theater until 5:00 p.m.
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2017 Summer Graduation Application

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