How to prepare for graduation
Students who are on track to graduate spring, summer or fall quarter have enough on their plate to worry about: transferring, fighting off “senioritis” in order to finish with strong grades and a little thing called the future. Preparing for a graduation ceremony might just slip their minds.
However, there isn’t much that students who have applied for graduation need to do in order to participate in the Pierce College Commencement ceremony.
“I always recommend students attend graduation,” Marjo Burdick, instructional support supervisor, said. “It’s a time to celebrate what they have accomplished.”
Students who decide to attend the ceremony should make sure to invite their friends and family.
The ceremony will be at the Tacoma Dome at 3:30 p.m. on June 15.
Tickets aren’t needed for entry and there aren’t limits on the number of guests. Graduates will need to be there one hour before the ceremony to line up.
Caps, tassels and gowns can be picked up between May 30 and graduation at the bookstore, but the sooner students pick them up the better their chances are at getting the size that they need.
Students receiving honor cords will also pick them up at the bookstore.
Only GED graduates will need to pay a $30 fee for their graduation regalia.
Cap and gowns for associate’s degree graduates have already been paid for through fees and are theirs to keep.
Graduates also will receive five free graduation announcements when they pick up their cap and gown, additional announcements are 50 cents each. Information regarding the ceremony will also be provided to graduates in the bookstore.
There will be a photographer at the ceremony students can order pictures from.
“Information about pictures are in their graduation packet they pick up with their cap and gown,” Burdick said. “There is a card to fill out with the graduate’s name, address, email, etc. An email is sent to the graduate with a proof of their photos and how to order.”
Official diplomas will be mailed 10 weeks after spring quarter.
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