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TC3 Commencement Information and Events

Commencement Ceremony


The ceremony will be held Thursday, May 21, 2015 in the athletic facility gymnasium and begin promptly at 6 p.m. Guests should be seated by
5:45 p.m.

Graduates should arrive at 5 p.m. and go directly to The BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House and check in at the academic records table. Please remain in the field house to prepare for procession.


The graduates will be lead out of the gym following the ceremony directly to The BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House where they are encouraged to attend the reception with family and friends.


Graduates who return their response card by Friday, April 24 and
indicate they will be participating in the ceremony will be issued up to four guest tickets. Return the response card to room 223.

Tickets are NOT mailed. Tickets may be picked up in the Office of External Relations (room 200) from May 4 to 20, Monday - Friday,
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.).

If you are unable to pick up your tickets during these hours, please contact Joyce Burk at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4224 to make special arrangements.

If you are not planning to attend, please let us know. This will help ensure we can accommodate those wishing to participate in the ceremony.

Please notify your guests that seating begins at 5 p.m. They must arrive prior to 5:45 p.m. to be assured a seat.

Commencement Information Events Brochure

Didn't get a commencement information events brochure in the mail? You can download the reply card. Print it, fill it out, and mail it back to us at Tompkins Cortland Community College, Mail Code 173, PO Box 139, 170 North St., Dryden, NY 13053-0139 or drop off in room 223, External Relations.

You will need Adobe Reader to view this brochure. If you don't have Reader, you can download a free copy.

Caps & Gowns

Each graduate must wear a cap and gown that is provided at no
additional cost through the TC3 Bookstore.* The cap and gown belong
to the graduate and do not need to be returned after the ceremony.

In order to receive the cap and gown you must go online to register your size at Herff Jones. The website will close on April 7. After registering online, graduates can pick up the cap and gown at the TC3 Bookstore during the dates and hours listed below. Bring your TC3 Card to pick up your cap and gown.

May 11-16

  • Monday-Thursday
    8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday
    8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday
    10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

May 18-21

  • Monday-Tuesday
    8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday-Thursday
    8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Pick up your gown early and iron it or hang it at home so the wrinkles
will fall out.

* The cost of cap and gown was included in your matriculation fee.

Note: Other graduation-related items (class rings, announcements,
diploma frames, etc.) are available for purchase online at Herff Jones while registering for your cap and gown.

Guest Seating With Ticket

The ceremony will be held in the athletic facility gymnasium. The doors to the guest seating area will open at 5 p.m. Please notify your guests they must arrive prior to 5:45 p.m. to be assured a seat. This area is general admission seating, with the majority in bleachers. Due to space constrants, we ask that you please not bring strollers. Tickets do not correspond to a particular seat.

Assembly & Lineup

Graduates, please be ready for assembly by 5:15 p.m. Ushers and signs will direct you to the robing area (The BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House). You will be given further instructions there.


Parking is available in lots 1-6. The closest parking to the athletic facility entrance is lot 5. There is a drop-off area in front of the entrance.


Island Photography, a company specializing in graduation photos, will take pictures of each graduate as they cross the stage. If you would like to receive a direct link to the photos, visit to register. You may register several emails to allow all of your friends and family to receive a direct link to this event. Images will be posted within 72 hours of the ceremony. All inquiries should be made to Island Photography at 800.869.0908. Purchase is optional.


During the ceremony, you will receive a blank scroll. Actual diplomas will
be available in the Office of Academic Records (room 101) Monday, July 6 through Friday, July 17 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Photo ID required.
Diplomas not picked up by July 17 will be mailed to your permanent address. Students who still have outstanding financial obligations to the College will not be able to receive their diploma.


All graduates will wear the cap and gown (see previous page). It is best to
wear lightweight clothing underneath.

Personal Belongings

There is no designated place to leave personal belongings or valuables during the ceremony. All items should be carried with you or given to a friend or family member for safe keeping.

Phi Theta Kappa Members

As a member of Phi Theta Kappa, you may wear a PTK stole and other PTK regalia at your graduation ceremony. These items are available online at

Honors Graduates

Students graduating with honors will receive their gold tassel on graduation night during the assembly and lineup. To graduate with honors, students must have earned a minimum of 30 credits at TC3 and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20.

Achievement Cords

These cords signify on-campus student leaders including club officers,
resident assistants, athletic team captains, members of student
government, Panther Welcome Crew members, and OMS Peer Mentors.
They are also given to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, and PRIDE award recipients.

Sustainability Studies Designation

Students fulfilling the requirements for Sustainability Studies Designation will receive special recognition. The Sustainability Studies Advisory Committee will directly contact the students eligible for this recognition.

Child Care

Child care is available during the graduation ceremony from 5 - 9 p.m. for the children of graduates. Children must be at least 12 months through 5 years of age. Pre-registration is required. Limited space available.

Print and complete the preregistration form and drop off at the TC3 Child Care Center, Room 102, or fax to 607.844.6548, deadline is Wednesday, May 13.

If you have any questions please contact the TC3 Child Care Center at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4477.

Special Needs

If you and/or your guests require any special accommodations (wheelchair space, unable to climb bleachers, etc.), please note on your RSVP card or contact the Office of External Relations at 607.844.8222, Ext. 4224.


Flowers for graduates will be available for purchase outside the athletic facility prior to the ceremony. Proceeds from sales will benefit Phi Theta Kappa.

BALLOONS ARE NOT ALLOWED inside the athletic facility. They may inadvertently cause activation of the College’s fire detection/alarm systems.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact:
Joyce Burk, External Relations Assistant
607.844.8222, Ext. 4224 or email