HCC’s Annual Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 9:30am at Hagerstown Community College in the ARCC. Only students who have filed an application for graduation, have met all requirements and have an HCC approved cap and gown will be permitted to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.
Please note, the Annual Commencement Ceremony will not require tickets for guests but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Information about graduation requirements and the application process for students earning an associate degree, a certificate, or a letter of recognition can be found on the Graduation Requirements page. This page also includes information for students graduating with honors, those earning multiple HCC credentials, information for reverse transfer students, and instructions on how to complete a program evaluation/degree audit in Self-Service.
Applying for Graduation
All students are expected to complete the online Application for Graduation through Self-Service to receive a degree, certificate, or letter of recognition regardless of their participation in the graduation ceremony. There is no fee to apply. Before filling out the online "Application for Graduation," students should review their program evaluation through Self-Service and/or meet with an academic advisor to determine if all program requirements have been met.
Annual Commencement Ceremony
The Annual commencement ceremony will be held each May and is presided over by HCC’s president. The commencement ceremony is a traditional academic service and signifies the completion of the degree or certificate being awarded. Students completing a degree or certificate program with 30 or more credits are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. Only students who have filed an application for graduation and have met all requirements will be permitted to participate in the ceremony. Students have to complete the Graduation for Application by the deadlines listed below to receive detailed email communication about participation in the May ceremony; graduates who indicate on their graduation application that they plan to walk at the May ceremony will begin receive emails in early March.
Cap & Gown Information
Eligible graduates who are attending the May ceremony will need to purchase their cap and gown online. Graduates must wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony.
- Cap and Gown ordering are placed online through Herff Jones.
- Additional information and link to order will be listed here by March 1, 2024.
- All students who have applied for and are eligible to graduate will receive an email, to their student email account, with cap and gown ordering information.