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Spring 2020 commencement is postponed. Student leaders will help plan an event to celebrate on an alternative date.

Preparing for Commencement

Before the day every arrives, be aware of of the following items.

Important Spring 2020 Graduation Dates:

Special Facilities Requests April 17th, 2020 at 4 p.m.
Rehearsal May 7th, 2020 at 4 p.m.
Resolve Outstanding University Debt May 8th, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.
Coursework & Grade Submissions May 11, 2020
Other Transcript Requirements May 21, 2020
All times referenced above are Central Standard Time (CST)


Additional Information Regarding Important Dates


Rehearsal will be held in Hooper Eblen Center. It is not mandatory, but it is very helpful. Attendance at rehearsal is important if you want to discuss pronunciation of your name with the candidate readers.

Special Facilities

Any candidate requiring special facilities to participate in the ceremony due to a physical disability should contact the Graduation Office at 931-372-3543 before the 'Special facilities requests' date listed above.

Questions concerning disabled parking areas may be directed to the University Police at 931-372-3234.

Outstanding University Debt

Chapter 654 of the Public Acts of 1976 prohibits state institutions of higher education from issuing diplomas, transcripts, or grade reports of any nature to any student unless the student has satisfied all debts or obligations owed to the institution. All outstanding debts (including parking tickets) must be cleared with the Business Office (DBRY100) by the 'resolve outstanding university debt' date listed above.

Coursework Requirements

All coursework for undergraduate degrees must be completed and grades submitted by 'Coursework and Grade submissions' date listed on the 'dates and deadlines' tab.

Students taking coursework at other colleges must have the official transcript sent to the Office of Admission, P.O. Box 5006, Cookeville, TN 38505 no later than the 'other transcripts requirements' date listed on the 'dates and deadlines' tab.

Any transcript received after this date will be considered for the next semester's graduation.


Diplomas will be mailed to graduating undergraduates no later than the "Diploma mail out date" listed on the 'dates and deadlines' above.

They will be mailed to the address that you provide to the Graduation Office during your final semester in response to an email with a link. Please make sure this is an address where you can receive mail on that date.


Important Information for Commencement

Caps & Gowns

The cost of the cap and gown is included in the General Access fee paid each semester. There is no additional charge. Caps and gowns may be picked up during the Grad Fair scheduled of your final semester. If you cannot attend either Grad Fair date, caps and gowns will be available in the University Bookstore on the ground floor of the Roaden University Center.

Staff from the bookstore will be at the commencement ceremony with a limited supply of caps, gowns, and tassels.


Each commencement ceremony will last approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Candidates who plan to participate are required to stay for the entire time. No participants are allowed to leave until the ceremony is over.

Participation in the ceremony does not confirm clearance for receipt of a diploma - do not cite participation as evidence of graduation. All candidates participating will receive a diploma cover as they cross the stage and will receive their diploma in the mail after confirmation of graduation.


Graduation with honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) for the listing in the commencement program and what is announced during the ceremony is determined by the inclusive combined GPA (all Tennessee Tech coursework plus transfer credit) at the beginning of the final semester. Honors notation on the diploma and student transcript include the final semester's coursework.

GPA designations for each honor are as follows: Cum Laude (3.50-3.69), Magna Cum Laude (3.70-3.89), Summa Cum Laude (3.90-4.0), and In Cursu Honorum (22 hours of honors courses and 3.5+ GPA). Graduation honors are only available for undergraduate students. Students graduating with a 4.0 GPA will also receive the W. A. Howard Award and plaque. A notation of the award will appear on the diploma and transcript.


GradImages is the official photographer for Tech's graduation ceremony. Following commencement, your photos will be available to view and order by visiting the website at

On the GradImages website, simply enter your Last Name, your School Name, and select your graduation year from the drop down menu. Once you see your name, click on the link to view your photos. If you need additional help to locate your photos, call the customer service department at 800-261-2576 or email


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