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2019 Commencement Ceremony

2019 Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony on May 9, 2019 will honor the Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019 graduates. No ceremonies are held at the end of the fall or summer semesters. Students who anticipate completing degrees or certificates in the summer with nine (9) hours or fewer remaining at the end of the spring semester are eligible and encouraged to attend the May ceremony.

Ceremony Location and Time

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 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 2018 graduate, or if you will be completing your degree or certificate in the Spring or Summer 2019 semester and you have submitted a Richland College Application for a Certificate or Diploma, then you are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. If you wish to attend the ceremony, you must complete the ceremony confirmation, by April 16, 2019 at 11:59 pm. The ceremony confirmation link will be emailed starting March 18, 2019 to those students who have met the eligibility requirements stated above.

*Once the ceremony confirmation deadline has passed, you will be unable to attend the 2019 ceremony. However, we would be happy to invite you to the 2020 ceremony.

Graduation Packet

Your graduate packet, containing graduate instructions, guest tickets, and guest instructions, will be mailed starting April 22, 2019, for those that choose this option during their ceremony confirmation. If you choose to pick up your graduate packet, it will be available for pick-up from April 22 – May 6, 2019 in 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 May 6, 2019. 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 will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, April 17, 2019 in 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. Students must present their DCCCD student ID to purchase their cap and gown. Please note: You will not be able to purchase your cap and gown if you do not complete the ceremony confirmation. If you cannot afford to purchase the cap and gown, please contact the Degree Audit department at

The priority deadline for purchasing your cap and gown is Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 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, to help financially struggling future students. Just drop them off at the Admissions office in Thunderduck Hall during usual business hours after the commencement ceremony.

Optional Purchases

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

  • Commencement Ceremony confirmation - April 16, 2019 - 11:59 PM
  • NOTE: You must confirm your ceremony participation by this date to participate in the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.
  • Commencement Ceremony packets:
    Mailing begins April 22, 2019
    Pick up - April 22, 2019 - May 6, 2019
    After this deadline, any remaining guest tickets being held for those who confirmed by the deadline will be released.
  • Priority cap & gown pickup - April 26, 2019 - 4:00 PM
    NOTE: After this date no more cap & gowns can be ordered; you will have to choose from the sizes on hand.