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Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony is one of the biggest and best events at Trident Technical College, when thousands of students realize their dreams of earning a degree, diploma or certificate.

TTC holds one ceremony per year. The 2019 Graduation Ceremony for Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 graduates is Friday, May 3, 7 p.m., at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Students can apply for graduation in person at the Registrar’s office (Thornley Campus, Bldg. 410) or online. For an online application, visit my.tridenttech.edu > TTC Express > Academic Profile. For information on ordering regalia and invitations and other graduation information, visit my.tridenttech.edu.

Graduation fairs occur during Spring Semester at all campuses to assist graduates in completing graduation application requirements by the graduation ceremony and application deadline. Graduates will receive emails and announcements in the student portal about the dates and times for the fairs.

The 2018 Graduation Ceremony and application deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 28.

View the 2019 Graduation Bulletin.

Photos from the 2018 Graduation Ceremony can be found on the college’s Facebook page, where a video of the entire ceremony can also be viewed.


Graduates receive a diploma cover during the graduation ceremony. The Registrar’s office issues the actual diplomas approximately four to six weeks after the semester that the graduates complete their program of study. 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 cover in person.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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 Main Campus graduation fair.