Commencement

Class of 2022 Commencement is May 24, 2022 at 6 p.m. 

Recording of 2022 Commencement 

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.

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. If you would like to have your regalia shipped to your home address, place your order online at https://collegegrad.herffjones.com/ by April 22, 2022. Regalia that is not ordered online and requested after April 22, 2022, can be picked up in the Bookstore beginning Monday, May 2, 2022, up until the day of the ceremony. Any questions, please contact the Bookstore directly at 607.844.6587, tc3@bkstr.com, or by just stopping in.

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 under the Planning tab in Self-Service (previously myINFO). An alert is sent to students once the official degree audit has been completed by the office of Academic Records.

Commencement COVID-19 Guidelines 

MASKS:
Tompkins County is currently under a mask advisory due to the CDC designation as a HIGH risk level for COVID-19. Upon consultation from the Tompkins County Health Department, we will continue to strongly encourage mask wearing indoors but will not require it at this time. Per Frank Kruppa, Public Health Director for Tompkins County, “the advisory is alerting the community to our strong recommendation that you wear a mask while indoors and around others in public settings, as this will limit spread, help bring down our positive case and hospitalization numbers, and help protect vulnerable community members.”

If participants are in need of a high quality mask for the ceremony, please ask for one at the Commencement registration table upon arrival.

VISITORS:
Visitors who come to campus for the ceremony are not required to wear a mask, show proof of vaccination, or be tested to attend. We strongly encourage individuals who are at higher-risk to wear a mask while indoors. We discourage anyone from attending if they are experiencing any symptoms and recommend rapid-testing at home before participating.

GRADUATE VACCINATIONS:
In accordance with the SUNY Policy, graduates who participate in Commencement ceremonies must be fully vaccinated, including the COVID-19 booster if eligible, or have been pre-approved for a medical or religious exemption. Students with exemptions are required to wear a mask. 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the final day to apply for my college degree?
The final day to apply was April 10, 2022. However, your request will still be processed through the Academic Records Office. Your name may not be published in official commencement programs due to the late submission, but you will still be able to participate in the commencement ceremony if you are eligible.  

Is applying to graduate the same as participating/walking for commencement?
No, applying to graduate is your request to finalize your degree. By submitting this request, we have your name and information for commencement day.
    
Are guests allowed to attend May 2022 Commencement? 
Yes, barring any changes to local health department mandates, guests can attend commencement! We are allowing 5 guests per graduate. Please register on Campus Groups if you will be walking for commencement, so we can track our expected attendance.  

Will the ceremony be livestreamed or recorded? 
Yes, the ceremony will be both livestreamed and recorded for viewing. The link for the livestream, and eventual recording will be on TC3 Commencement page. 

I plan to walk for Commencement, what time should I be at the gym?
To ensure ample time for lining up and organization, we suggest our graduates come to get dressed in their caps and gowns, and line up at least 45 minutes before commencement begins (5:15 p.m.). This will allow any guests in attendance to also be seated in the gym for the ceremony in the meantime.  

I will need special accommodations for commencement, who should I contact?
If you, or a guest needs accommodations for the ceremony, please let us know and email us at commencement@tompkinscortland.edu or contact Carolyn L. Boone, Coordinator of Access and Equity Services at clb@tompkinscortland.edu for further assistance.

2021 December Graduates Recognition Ceremony 

Recording of the 2021 December Graduates Recognition Ceremony

The December Graduates Recognition Ceremony was held in the gym on Friday, December 10, 2021. The ceremony started at 6 p.m. 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 had 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.

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!