Commencement

For Graduates

Congratulations from President Oldham

Philip Oldham

As you prepare for graduation from Tennessee Tech University, let me be among the first to congratulate you on your outstanding accomplishment. Whether you are a first generation college graduate or this is your second or third degree, there’s no doubt you have worked hard to reach this milestone.

Along with the faculty and your friends at TTU, I applaud your commitment to finish your degree. In the years to come, you will appreciate the lasting value of a diploma from Tennessee Tech University, as it is a critical step toward reaching other goals in your life. Commit to being a lifelong learner, and the knowledge you gained at TTU will be just the start of applying wisdom to your daily decisions about career, family and other pursuits.

This is your day. Enjoy it, and take pride in being an awesome alum of Tennessee Tech University.


All the best,

Oldham Signature_Web

Summer Commencements
As of Summer 2010, there is no longer a commencement ceremony for students who complete their degree requirements during the Summer semester. However, undergraduate students completing their graduation requirements in the summer may elect to participate in the Fall commencement. Those students wishing to participate in the Fall ceremony may do so by supplying the Academic Services - Graduation Office (JWB 315) with that information.

Graduating students will receive a confirmation email during their final semester with a respond date included.

Which Commencement ceremony am I in?

  • 9:30 a.m. - Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Nursing
  • 2:00 p.m. - Agriculture & Human Ecology, Business, Education, and Fine Arts

Rehearsal

  • Rehearsal will be held in the Hooper Eblen Center on the date/time specified for 'Graduation Rehearsal'.
  • Rehearsal is not mandatory, but it is very helpful.  Attendance at rehearsal is particularly important if you want to discuss pronunciation of your name with the candidate readers.

Graduation

  • All commencement ceremonies will be held in the Hooper Eblen Center.
  • Candidates for the morning ceremony are required to be there no later than 8:15 a.m. dressed in cap and gown.
  • Candidates for the afternoon ceremony are required to be there no later than 12:45 p.m. dressed in gap and gown.
  • Candidates need to enter at the Ticket Office entrance - there will be signs directing you to the appropriate area of the concourse for lineup.
  • Undergraduate candidates will be lined up alphabetically within their college or school.
  • Graduate candidates will be lined up alphabetically by degree level.
  • Personnel from the Academic Services Office, College of Graduate Studies, or other staff will be checking the line of march.
  • You must check in with the staff member checking your line, otherwise your name will be removed from the list and will not be called out.
  • Tickets for guests are not required - seating is first come first served.

Diploma

Diplomas will be mailed to graduating undergraduates no later than the "Diploma mail out date" listed on the 'dates and deadlines' tab for your commencement semester. 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 weblink. Please make sure this is an address where you can receive mail on that date.

Caps and Gowns

  • 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 Senior Salute scheduled for your final semester.
  • The supplier has a variety of sizes to choose from.
  • If you cannot attend either Senior Salute 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.
  • Those candidates receiving commission from the ROTC department may wear their uniform under the cap and gown, but are required to wear the mortar board.

Dress

  • Men: Slacks (no jeans or shorts), shirt, and comfortable shoes (no sandals, flip-flops, or tennis shoes).
  • Women: Dresses or skirts, slacks, or capri pants (no jeans or shorts), and comfortable shoes (no tennis shoes or flip flops).
  • There will be no place to store personal belongings during the ceremony, so please leave those with family members.
  • Keep in mind that you will be standing for quite a while so choose clothing and shoes for comfort.

Behavior

  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol is subject to being removed from the line of march.
  • Use of cell phones during ceremony is prohibited.
  • Use of air horns and other such devices is prohibited and those devices will be confiscated.

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 on the 'dates and deadlines' tab.
  • Questions concerning disabled parking areas may be directed to the University Police at 931-372-3234.

Attendance

  • 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.
Honors
  • 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 TTU 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.
  • Graduation honors are only available for undergraduate students.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Photographs

  • GradImages will be the official photographer at your graduation ceremony.
  • Following commencement, your photos will soon be available to view and order by visiting the website at www.gradimages.com.
  • 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 giservice@gradimages.net.

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.

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 on the 'dates and deadlines' tab.

Commencement Speaker

  • Carl Owens, Ed.D. (Professor, College of Education; Director of the College of Education Learning Resource Center) 

The day of commencement

Arrive one hour early for the ceremony your college / school participates in, dressed in cap and gown.
Follow signs and locate your college / school lineup.
Line up in alphabetical order.
Check in with the TTU staff member organizing your march line.
Spring 2018 Fall 2018
Commencement:

May 5, 2018

Morning Ceremony: 9:30 a.m.
Evening Ceremony: 2:00 p.m.

December 15, 2018

Morning Ceremony: 9:30 a.m.
Evening Ceremony: 2:00 p.m.
Last day to apply for undergraduate graduation:

Sept. 1, 2017

May 1, 2018
Senior Salute: Date:
Tuesday March 20, 2018 (10am to 5pm)

Wednesday March 21, 2018 (10am to 2pm)

Location: Tech Pride Room, 1st Floor Roaden University Center
Date:
TBA
Graduation Rehearsal: May 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm December 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Resolve Outstanding University Debt: No Later Than 3:30 Friday May 4, 2018 No Later Than 3:30 Friday December 14, 2018
Special Facilities Requests for Undergraduate Candidates: No Later Than April 20, 2018 No Later Than December 1, 2018
Graduate In Absentia Request: No Later Than April 6, 2018 No Later Than November 16, 2018
Diploma mail out date: No Later Than May 25, 2018 No Later Than January 11, 2018
Coursework & Grade Submissions:

May 7, 2018

December 17, 2018
Other transcripts requirements

May 18, 2018

January 4, 2019

All times listed are central standard time (CST)

For those students graduating with a M.A., M.S., M.B.A, Ed.S., M.Ed., P.S.M., M.S.N., M.P.S. or Ph.D., please review the graduation requirements for the College of Graduate Studies.