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Graduation Information for Health and Public Services

CVCC Graduation Information for Health and Public Services at Catawba Valley Community College

Guidelines for Graduates May 2018

Congratulations on your Graduation from Catawba Valley Community College!!

The following guidelines should help graduates prepare for the May 2018 Commencement Exercises. No tickets are required for admission for guests.

For Graduates in the School of Business, Industry, & Technology


Check-in will be in the lobby of The Tarlton Complex beginning at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. You will receive information about the actual ceremony and practice walking across the stage and receiving your diploma cover.


There will be a reception in the Tarlton Complex on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 7:45 AM until 8:30 AM.    Please do not bring any valuables with you; there is no storage for items and only limited dressing space in the restrooms. This reception is limited to graduates and faculty/staff.


Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 9:00 AM in The Tarlton Complex

Park in the West Wing lot (A-1 and A-2) so your guests may park closer to The Tarlton Complex. Please ask your guests to arrive no later than 8:15 am so that they can be seated before the ceremony.

Our CVCC Student Marshals will lead the graduate procession. Remain standing at your seats until the Faculty Marshal opens the ceremony and asks you to sit.


Wear lightweight dress or pants


Wear dark pants, dress shirt and tie


Wear on right side of cap. Honor grads wear gold tassel only (not both white and gold)


Wear flat on top of head-not perched on back of head. Men should remove caps during the Moment of Reflection and then put them back on

Picture Info

Photo Specialties will be making individual pictures of graduates receiving diplomas. You will be sent a proof for review. You are under no obligation to purchase. If you have questions, please email

Photo Area

Roped off area set up at the stage as graduates exit for informal photos.


Diplomas will be mailed to the address you listed on your graduation application in mid-July.


Call Sia Vang at (828) 327-7000, ext. 4487