Other Important Information
||Step One: Purchase
your graduation outfit.
Tuesday, April 23, and Wednesday, April 24, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Caps, gowns, announcements, and class rings are available for sale on these dates. Students should start at the Cashier’s Window in the White Building, room 81 to pay the appropriate fees. Students should start at the Cashier's Window, White Building, lobby area to pay the appropriate fees. Then proceed with the receipt to the Counseling, Student Development and Activities office in the Wynn Center, room 1309 to be fitted for a cap and gown; pick up announcements; get tickets; and review other important information. IMPORTANT: All students should make arrangements to purchase a cap and gown on one of these two dates. If you do not purchase your cap and gown on April 23 or April 24, it will be very difficult for the college to ensure that you have the appropriate size gown. If you are unable to come on these dates, you may visit the Counseling, Student Development, and Activities office during regular office hours until Friday, May 10, or until our cap and gown supplies are gone, whichever comes first.
Two: Attend the required rehearsal.
Commencement Rehearsal, May 29, 10:30 a.m., Durham Performing Arts Center
Clear your calendar of all other obligations for May 29 so that you’ll be able to attend rehearsal and feel prepared for the commencement ceremony. The rehearsal will only last one hour and 15 minutes. All students who wish to participate in the Commencement Ceremony must be present at the graduation rehearsal. The rehearsal is the only opportunity that students have to learn about the protocol for the evening commencement. Graduation rehearsal will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Information concerning directions and parking for the day will be available online at www.dpacnc.com. Plan to arrive a few minutes early since parking is not immediately next to the Arts Center.
||Step Three: Line
up by 4 p.m. to participate.
May 29, 4 p.m., Durham Performing Arts Center
By 4 p.m., you must be in the line up for the commencement ceremony according to programs and degrees. If you are not in line at this time, you may not be able to walk across the stage to receive your degree, diploma or certificate. The Commencement Ceremony begins promptly at 4:30 p.m. The ceremony generally lasts 90 minutes.
Graduation Application Deadline: The fraduation application deadline is April 19, 2013.
All students who have applied for graduation and received a letter that details the remaining requirements (if any) for degree, certificate, or diploma completion. If your letter indicated that you had issues that are unresolved, these should be discussed and cleared with the the Student Information and Records office (Wynn Center, room 1203) as soon as possible so that all issues are resolved by May 10.
Deadline for Late Graduation Participants: Friday, May 10
Students may have situations that require them to be cleared for graduation after the normal deadlines. If you did not purchase your graduation outfit on April 23 or April 24, you must visit the Counseling, Student Development, and Activities office, room 1309 of the Wynn Center (919-536-7207, ext. 1413), to make late arrangements as soon as possible. We will do everything possible to include you in the ceremony. The absolute deadline for being added to the list is May 10.
If you have already received your degree, diploma, or certificate and wish to participate in the commencement ceremony, bring your award cover with you when you come to pick up your cap and gown (details above). The college will give you another cover (without additional cost) at commencement.
Guest Admission for Commencement:
Admission to the Commencement is by TICKET ONLY. Each graduating student will receive a total of six guest tickets when he or she receives the cap and gown. Each guest will require a ticket to enter the Performing Arts Center. DPAC staff will scan each ticket, and the ticket cannot be used a second time. Children and infants attending as guests will be counted as one of the six guests requiring a ticket. Seating is limited due to fire code restrictions placing a maximum limit on the number of occupants.
Graduating students or guests with documented disabilities requesting accommodations during the ceremony (e.g., interpreters for persons with hearing impairments or alternate print materials for persons with visual impairments, etc.) should contact the Disability Services Coordinator in the Counseling, Student Development, and Activities office at 919-536-7208, ext. 1404 prior to May 10 to make these arrangements. The college may not be able to properly accommodate requests received after this date.
Students graduating with high cumulative grade point averages in program courses will be recognized as honor students. Honors are calculated according to the cumulative GPA of the student's courses in the program of study, not by the total cumulative GPA of all classes taken at Durham Tech. There are two potential ways that an honor student is recognized at commencement. First, in the commencement program, all students who graduate with a program GPA of 3.25 or higher are indicated on the graduation program with an asterisk indicating that they are Cum Laude (honors) graduates. Second, all those students who have a program GPA of 3.75 or higher receive honor cords indicating Magna Cum Laude (high honors), which should be worn over the gown during the commencement ceremony. Students graduating from a college associate degree program or a college diploma program with a program GPA of 4.0 indicating Summa Cum Laude (highest honors) will receive an honor medallion, which will be worn over the gown during the commencement ceremony.
Graduation Outfit Requirements:
The colors of the caps and gowns are black and gold To participate in the ceremony, graduating students must wear a commencement cap and gown. Students should not use borrowed or previous years’ caps or gowns that were green. Previous years’ caps and gowns may not match the current selection. If you have a question about this issue, please contact the Counseling, Student Development and Activities office at 919-536-7207, ext. 1413.
Cultural or Religious Accommodations:
Students with questions or requests involving the commencement ceremony that are related to religious or cultural concerns should make these requests by May 10 to allow adequate time for the college to respond appropriately to their requests. For more information, please call 919-536-7207, ext. 1413.
This is an important day. Durham Tech wants every student who would like to participate to take part in the ceremony If you would like to participate but cannot afford the graduation outfit fee, please contact a counselor in the Counseling, Student Development, and Activities office at 919-536-7207, ext. 1413 to discuss your request.
PhotoSpecialties, Inc. will be present at the commencement ceremony and will take a picture of you as you receive your diploma and when you exit the stage. Every student will be photographed, but you have no obligation to purchase these photos. Students interested in receiving the proofs of their photos will have the opportunity to provide contact information when they pick up their cap and gown.
Class rings will be available for sale from Jostens on April 23 and April 24 when you pick up your graduation outfit in the Counseling and Student Development office, Wynn Center, room 1309. Students who purchase a ring on these dates normally receive the ring prior to the commencement ceremony.
|College Graduation Fee
This fee pays for the official copy of your degree, diploma or certificate and one cover.
| College Graduation Outfit
This fee pays for the graduation gown, cap, and one tassel.
|High School or GED Graduation Combined Fee
This fee pays for a high school or GED graduate application, graduation gown, cap, and one tassel.
| Announcements (while quantities last)
This fee pays for one package of four announcements with eight envelopes.
| Additional Tassel
This fee pays for one additional tassel