Commencement Information

Commencement is the formal celebration of the degree you have earned. It is a time for you to receive well-deserved recognition for your hard work and to celebrate your accomplishment. Beginning in January, an RSVP link will be provided below for you to let us know that you will be attending the Commencement Ceremony.

Participation in the Commencement Ceremony is optional and does not indicate that you have met the requirements to receive your degree.

A review and determination of your graduation status will be made after final grades are posted. Diplomas are not distributed at the ceremony. They will be mailed to the mailing address in your Student Center.


Date, Location, Time

The 2020 TMCC Commencement Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the Lawlor Events Center (1664 N. Virginia Street) in Reno.

  • 3 p.m.: Student entrance doors (by the ticket office) open.
  • 3 p.m.: Guest entrance doors (by Section 22) open.
  • 4:10 p.m.: Student line up begins.
  • 4:30 p.m.: The program begins promptly!

The program will last approximately 2 hours. If you have any questions regarding Commencement, please contact the Admissions and Records Office.

Commencement Program

If you would like your name included in the official Commencement program, you must apply for graduation by the April 1 deadline. (Note: if the first of the month falls on a weekend, the deadline will be the following Monday.)

If you have a "Do Not Release FERPA Directory Information" hold on your account, your information will not be released.

Summer Graduates: The Summer graduation application deadline is June 1; however, if you are a Summer graduate and want your information included in the Commencement program, you must apply by the April 1 deadline.

Diplomas

See: Graduation Information > Diplomas

TMCC Commencement

Graduation with Honors

Students are eligible to graduate from Truckee Meadows Community College with honors based on the completion of their required academic units for the Certificate of Achievement,  Associate or Bachelor’s degrees.  Candidates will be notified by letter or email, if they are to receive this distinction at Commencement. Due to the timing of the Commencement ceremony (before Spring graduation applications are finalized), the GPA at your most recent completed semester will determine your Honors status at the ceremony.

The Commencement Program honors designation will be based on TMCC cumulative grade point average through the spring graduation application deadline of April 1.  Official honors will be posted on student transcripts with the certificate/degree designations based on grades including the student's final semester. 

Grade point average determines the honors designation:

  • 3.60–3.74 = Cum Laude
  • 3.75–3.89 = Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.90–4.00 = Summa Cum Laude

Units and grades transferred from other institutions or other credit sources will not be used toward calculating grade point average for Honors designation.

Honors candidates may wear gold cords and tassels during the ceremony, and will be noted in the Commencement Program.  Eligible students must pick up their gold cords and tassels the day of the Commencement ceremony at the honors table.

Note: Candidates who have applied for graduation for the Summer sessions are not eligible for this distinction at  the Commencement ceremony. Your Honors designation will be noted on your transcript and on your diploma.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)

Graduates must be a member of this International Honor Society to receive this designation at commencement. Members may purchase their gold stole, cord and/or tassel from PTK or the TMCC bookstore. The bookstore will stock the stole, cord and tassel at the same price as online with no shipping cost or delay. Quantities may be limited, so shop early. If ordering online, allow four to five weeks for delivery; priority shipping is available for an additional charge. To place an order, please call 800-946-9996. For more information please contact PTK.

Academic Attire and Announcements

Cap, gown and tassel can be purchased in the TMCC Bookstore on the Dandini Campus. Note that prices are subject to change. For more information, please call the TMCC Bookstore at 775-673-7172.

Item Cost
Academic Attire (cap, gown and tassel)
The Bookstore will have academic attire in stock 4-6 weeks before commencement.
Note: Bachelor degree candidates please specify at time of ordering that you need a black cap and gown.
$39.95
Caps $6.50
Tassels $6
Stole of Gratitude $21
Announcements $16
for pack of 10
Thank You Cards $10

Students and Participants with Disabilities

Students and participants with disabilities are able to receive free accommodations, which enable equal access to the ceremony.

If you are in need of special assistance, please contact the Disability Resource Center two weeks prior to the event.

The day of the event, there will be designated staff who will be available for your immediate assistance. American Sign Language interpreters will be present. There will be screens throughout the venue for unobstructed viewing.