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Graduation Ceremony

Students completing a degree, diploma, or certificate in Fall 2019, Spring 2020, or Summer 2020 are eligible to apply for graduation and participate ceremony.

The 2020 Graduation Ceremony will be held on

Friday, May 1, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum.

 

Graduation Ceremony Participation Deadline

In order to meet the deadline, eligible participants must complete the following by March 13, 2020.

  1. Apply for Graduation

    1. Students can complete the Graduation Application through their student portal. Login to your tridenttech.edu> TTC Express > Academic Profile.
    2. An application must be submitted for each program being completed.
  2. Purchase Graduation Regalia

    1. Cap, gown, and tassel are purchased through the TTC Bookstore. For information on ordering regalia, invitations and other graduation information, visit here.
    2. If you already have an approved cap and gown, you will still need to purchase your tassel.

Students that do not complete the application and order regalia by the March 13, 2020 deadline will not be able to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Fairs

Want to take care of everything in one place? Attend a Graduation Fair for a one-stop experience!

  • Apply for graduation
  • Purchase regalia (cap/gown/tassel)
  • Meet with Financial Aid staff for Exit Loan Counseling
  • Get job hunting tips from Student Employment Services
  • Learn about the Alumni & Friends Network
  • Sit for graduation photo (Thornley Campus only)
 

Feb. 6, 2020

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Berkeley Campus

Feb. 11, 2020

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Palmer Campus

Feb. 26, 2020

Noon-5 p.m.

Thornley Campus (Bookstore) 

Diplomas

Graduates receive a diploma cover during the graduation ceremony. The Registrar's office issues actual diplomas approximately four to six weeks after the semester that the graduates complete their program of study. To receive your diploma, you must have completed a graduation application. Graduates will receive an email in their my.tridenttech.edu email account when their diploma or certificate is available for pick-up. The Registrar's office will mail diplomas to graduates who are unable to pick up their diploma or certificate after two weeks.

To order a replacement diploma, complete a Duplicate Diploma Request Form and submit it to the Registrar's office. The cost of each replacement diploma is $10.

Honors

TTC grants academic recognition to students who complete 30 or more credit hours with the appropriate cumulative grade point average. 

Honors Designation Cumulative GPA**
Summa Cum Laude 3.95 - 4.000
Magna Cum Laude 3.75 - 3.949
Cum Laude 3.60 - 3.749

Graduates participating in the graduation ceremony who have earned honors will receive an honors medallion to be worn during the commencement ceremony. Graduates in Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Mu Gamma with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA wear college-approved honor society regalia.

Disabilities Accommodations for Students/Guests with Disabilities

Students or guests with disabilities who require special assistance during the ceremony must contact Jim Orgel at 843-574-6362 or TTY 843-574-6351. Graduates with special needs should give advance notice so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Elevators are accessible through the coliseum's south entrance. Coliseum staff will assist guests with disabilities to locate appropriate seating arrangements.

For more information, visit the North Charleston Coliseum website.

Security at the Graduation Ceremony

Security staff working the North Charleston Coliseum entrances will inspect all large bags and purses beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the ceremony (when the doors open to the public). This is similar to the security procedures used for other major events at the coliseum. Employees, graduates, students and guests are encouraged to leave their personal belongings at home or locked securely in their vehicles. TTC Public Safety officers will work the event along with coliseum security staff. If you see an unattended bag or any suspicious activity inside or outside the coliseum, please notify one of the officers working the event or call TTC’s Public Safety office at 843-574-6053.

Photography

GradImages will photograph TTC graduates during the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase these photographs. Visit http://gradimages.com/ or call 800-261-2576 to register to preview graduate photos. A professional photographer will also take studio portraits of graduates in graduation regalia or for professional resumes at the Spring Semester Thornley Campus graduation fair.

Important Information for Graduation Ceremony Attendees!

The North Charleston Coliseum has a new bag policy in effect that regulates the size and types of bags allowable. Do not bring unacceptable type bags or you will have to return them to your vehicle. For details about allowable sizes and clear bag policy, click here.