Commencement

December Graduates Recognition Ceremony - December 10, 2021

Class of 2022 Commencement - May 24, 2022

The College holds two ceremonies each year to honor graduating students. The December Graduates Recognition Ceremony is an opportunity to pay tribute to those completing their degrees after the fall semester. The December ceremony is smaller and less formal than Commencement in May, but it is still full of excitement and pride in the accomplishments of our students and their families. More information will be provided in the spring about the Class of 2022 Commencement.

December Graduates Recognition Ceremony 

The December Graduates Recognition Ceremony will be held in the gym on Friday, December 10, 2021. The ceremony will start at 6 p.m. and will last about an hour, with greetings from College officials and the Board of Trustees, remarks by a representative of the student government, and a keynote address by a member of the College community chosen by the students. Each candidate for graduation will have the opportunity to have their name read and cross the stage; a celebratory moment for the student, family, friends, and the entire College community.   

A few notes for the December Graduates Recognition Ceremony in 2021:

  • Caps and gowns are not worn for the December Graduates Recognition Ceremony. 
  • All students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attending this event.
  • EVERYONE will need to wear a face mask throughout the ceremony. 
  • Please direct any questions about the December Graduates Recognition Ceremony or the Class of 2022 Commencement in May to commencement@tompkinscortland.edu.

Caps and gowns

Caps and gowns are worn for the May commencement ceremony and not for the December Graduates Recognition Ceremony. Good news: Your cap and gown is included in student fees. Information on getting your cap and gown will be posted in the spring. 

Diplomas

Students do not receive an official diploma at commencement or the December Graduates Recognition Ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to students’ permanent address once grades are entered and completion is confirmed. 
 

General Information for Students Planning to Graduate

Students must apply to graduate in the semester prior to completing their program requirements. 

For instance, a student planning to graduate in May must apply to graduate by the deadline set in the fall semester. Even if a student does not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, they must still apply to graduate.

After a student submits their application to graduate, the Office of Academic Records will begin a review of degree progress.

The status of the graduation application and degree audit can be checked in DegreeWorks, or on the Apply to Graduate link in myINFO. An alert is sent to students once the official degree audit has been completed by the office of Academic Records.

 

May 18, 2021 - Virtual Commencement 

Enjoy the inspiring speeches, the animation (really!), the wonderful music video performed and produced by TC3 students, and of course enjoy your moment in the sun in the graduation section.

 

Annual Grad Survey

Class of 2020-2021 Graduates, we'd love to hear from you! Your response to this voluntary annual survey will help provide a more complete picture of your degree program as it is used for program assessment and grants that will help benefit future TC3 students. Complete the survey now!