Commencement Information

Congratulations on this memorable time in your educational journey!

The annual commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the Regional Workforce Development Center. We strongly encourage you to participate in this celebration of your success. If you are a student who will be earning an associate’s degree this semester, (AAS or AA&S), you are required to complete the core competency assessments and the STAGE.

Assessment testing will take place on both campuses and the Smithfield Center. Please Contact Mary Ellen Gleason (569-6740, on the Franklin campus or Carol Badeaux (925-6328, at the Suffolk campus or Smithfield Center to schedule your testing date. Please call to schedule your assessment testing as soon as possible. The assessment schedule is located on the testing website,

All degree candidates for graduation are also required to complete the 2017-18 STAGE, which can be found at

The following information will assist you in preparing for the commencement ceremony:

Commencement Fee: The commencement fee of $25.00 should be made payable to the Paul D. Camp Community College Bookstore when you pick up your cap and gowns, tickets, and announcements.

Caps and Gowns: Caps and Gowns, Announcements, and Tickets will be available for pick up at Paul D. Camp Community College Bookstore beginning April 18 at the Grad Fair and during regular business hours after that date.

Location Dates Time
Franklin Campus April 18, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Suffolk Campus April 18, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tickets and Seating: Due to the limited space in the Conference Hall at the Workforce Development Center, candidates will be given five tickets; three tickets will be earmarked for the Conference Hall and two tickets will be for the overflow seating area. Arriving early will increase the opportunity for guests to be seated in the Conference Hall. Guest seating will begin at 6:00 p.m. and seat reservations are not permitted. Having a ticket does not guarantee a seat in the Conference Hall. There will be an overflow area in the Technology Theater, where guests can view the ceremony on large screens. If you are unable to use all of your tickets, please consider returning the unused ones to the Office of Admissions for other guests to use.

Photographs: The College is contracting with a photographer to take pictures on Thursday, May 10 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the Workforce Development Center. Bring your cap and gown for your portrait! Information on acquiring pictures will be given at rehearsal.

Celebration: On Thursday, May 10, all candidates are invited to a celebration from 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. in the Conference Hall of the Workforce Development Center on the Franklin Campus. Full-time and adjunct faculty and all staff are also invited to be there to celebrate your accomplishments with food, fun, and fellowship. Paul D. Camp Community College’s Bookstore will be on site.

Commencement Practice: Rehearsal for all candidates will be held on Thursday, May 10, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Hall of the Workforce Development Center on the Franklin Campus.


General Information

  • The Franklin Campus switchboard at 757-569-6700 will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, should you have any questions.
  • All candidates are requested to arrive at 6:00 p.m. and report to the Franklin Campus, Main Entrance. At 6:30 p.m., all Candidates, Faculty, College Board Members, and other participants will assemble in full academic regalia.
  • At 7:00 p.m. the Procession will start promptly. Latecomers will be seated in the audience rather than with the graduates.
  • Please remember that this commencement is a public event, reflecting upon you, your program of study, and the College. For this reason, we request that your behavior reflect the dignity and importance of this occasion. Please be sure to turn off all cell phones. Commencement is the capstone of the academic experience for you, other students, families, and friends. Recognition of the rights of others to enjoy the ceremony free from disruptive or inappropriate behavior is appreciated.

  • The commencement ceremony will last approximately 1 ½ hours and will be streamed live on Facebook.
  • Should you decide not to attend the commencement ceremony, please contact Donna Douglas-Rumble at

Inside Procession

Upon check-in at the Franklin campus, candidates for graduation will be assigned to a designated classroom. Assisted by a student marshal and a program advisor, candidates will line up single file, according to their degree or certificate in alphabetical order by program of study. Transfer Program degree candidates will lead the procession followed by Occupational/Technical degree candidates, Certificate candidates, and Career Studies Certificate candidates. If you are receiving more than one credential, line up with your group receiving the highest credential.

The procession will begin as the Chief Marshal, platform guests/speakers, College Board, Faculty, candidates’ faculty marshals, and candidates march from the main Campus headed to the Workforce Development Center and enter the Conference Hall. The platform guests/speakers will take their designated seats in the first row on stage. The platform guests/speakers will be followed by the College Board who will sit on the back row of the stage. The College Board will be followed by the faculty who will sit in the chairs to the left of the stage. The faculty will be followed by the candidates who will move to the front of the Conference Hall in one line (degree students followed by certificates) and fill in the front row(s) as directed. All will remain standing until all candidates are seated.

Conferring of Degrees and Awarding of Certificates

Following the recognition of outstanding graduates, the Vice President of Academic and Student Development will ask all degree candidates to rise. The College President will then confer degrees to the whole group. The Vice President will ask the candidates to be seated.

This procedure will be repeated for the certificate candidates.

Following this, the first row of degree candidates will stand and move toward the Vice President of Academic and Student Development who will be on the far right as you face the podium. The second row of degree candidates will stand together and move in behind the last person in row one. Each row will continue in this manner. Each candidate will hand the Vice President of Academic and Student Development his/her name card as he/she approaches the stage. The candidates will then move across the stage in front of the podium, shaking hands with the President, and receive their diploma cover. The actual diploma and/or certificate may be picked up from your home campus at the Office of Admissions in Franklin, Suffolk, or Smithfield beginning on June 30, 2018. Your home campus is determined as indicated on your graduation application.

Students will continue across the stage, go down the steps on the other side, and return to his or her seat.

The recession will commence on the first-in, first-out order with the Chief Marshal, platform guests/speakers leading, followed by the College Board, faculty, and graduates. The Faculty Marshal will assist in seeing that this procedure is followed.

Please contact or (757) 569-6720 should you have questions.