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2018 Graduation Ceremony Information

2018 Annual Graduation Ceremony

The May 10, 2018 ceremony will honor the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 graduates. No ceremonies are held at the end of the fall or summer semesters. Students who have nine (9) or less credit hours of degree or certificate requirements remaining at the close of the Spring 2018 semester and who anticipate completing their award during the summer semester are eligible and encouraged to attend the May ceremony.

Ceremony Location and Time

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:30 PM (Graduate check-in begins at 6:00 PM)
Curtis Culwell Center
4999 Naaman Forest Boulevard
Garland, Texas 75040

NOTE: Although there is no charge for parking, the number of available spaces is limited. We strongly encourage you to consider carpooling and to arrive as close to the 6:00 PM check-in time as possible.

Ceremony Confirmation Required

If you are a Fall 2017 graduate, or if you will be completing your degree or certificate in the Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 semesters and you have submitted a Richland College Application for a Certificate or Diploma, then you are eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony. If you wish to attend the ceremony, you must complete the ceremony confirmation, which will be available online from March 19 - April 6, 2018. The link will be emailed to those students who have met the eligibility requirements stated above.

You MUST confirm no later than April 6, 2018 to receive your full allotment of graduation ceremony guest tickets. Students who confirm after this deadline are not guaranteed any guest tickets.

Graduation Packet

Your graduate packet, containing graduate instructions, guest tickets, and guest instructions, will be available for pick-up from April 10-24, 2018 at the Admissions Office in Thunderduck Hall. Our regular hours are Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM and Friday, 8:00 - 5:00 PM. All packets must be picked up by April 24, 2018 to receive guaranteed guest tickets.

NOTE: Graduate packets will only be available for those students who have confirmed attendance for the ceremony.

Cap and Gown

The only cost associated with the ceremony is for the purchase of your graduation tassel, cap, and gown. They are available for purchase at the Richland College Bookstore located on campus in Sabine Hall. The purchase price is $32.35, including tax. Extra tassels may be purchased for $5.41, including tax. The tassel, cap, and gown will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Please note: You will not be able to purchase your cap and gown if you have not completed the ceremony confirmation.

The priority deadline for purchasing your cap and gown is Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 4:00 PM.

NOTE: While your tassel, cap, and gown are yours to keep, if you wish to keep your tassel only, you may donate your cap and gown, if you wish, to help financially struggling future students. Just drop them off at our Admissions office in Thunderduck Hall during usual business hours after the graduation ceremony.

Optional Purchases

You are not required to purchase anything else. Class rings and personalized graduation invitations will be available for purchase at

Generic announcements may be purchased through the Richland College Bookstore for $21.60, including tax for a package of 10.

Diploma frames may also be purchased through the Richland College Bookstore for $113.61, including tax.

Honors stoles (for verified Honors students only) will be available for purchase in the Richland College Bookstore for $23.76, including tax. Students must present DCCCD student ID to be verified.

Deadline Summary

  • Online graduation ceremony confirmation - April 6, 2018 - 11:59 PM
  • NOTE: You must confirm your ceremony participation by April 6, 2018 to receive your full allotment of guest tickets.
  • Graduation packet pickup - April 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM
    NOTE: After this deadline, any remaining guest tickets being held for those who confirmed by the deadline will be released.
  • Priority cap & gown pickup - April 27, 2018 - 4:00 PM
    NOTE: After this date no more cap & gowns can be ordered; you will have to choose from the sizes on hand.