2018 Commencement Ceremony

Graduation Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. at West Chester University. Detailed instructions for the commencement ceremony will be posted at a later date. Sign up here to receive an email when this page is updated. 

Questions? Email commencement@dccc.edu.

Am I Eligible to Graduate? 

If you are unsure if you are eligible to graduate due to not enough credits, failure to pass a class, etc., please go to Degree Works (delaGATE login required). This will show if you have completed everything necessary to earn your degree or what is still needed to qualify. If you are still having trouble determining if you are eligible, please contact your advisor. You may also attend one of the Commencement Fairs, where representatives will be on hand to help you determine eligibility.

Applying to Graduate

Please go to Enrollment Central in Founders Hall to apply to graduate. The deadline to apply is March 15. You may also apply at Southeast Center, Monday through Thursday, Exton Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Downingtown Campus on Mondays and Thursdays. We cannot offer this service at Pennocks Bridge Campus or Upper Darby Center at this time. You may also apply to graduate at any of the Commencement Fairs. 

Caps & Gowns

The College’s official attire consists of a cap, gown, hood and black tassel. If you are graduating with honors and a member of PTK, the PTK Honors stole can also be worn. There will be information on your delaGATE account explaining how to order your cap and gown or you may go to herffjones.com/college/dccc to place your order. You must order your cap and gown online between now and March 27. Pre-ordered caps and gowns will be available for pick up on May 1st and May 2nd. Caps and gowns that were not pre-ordered will be available for pick up on May 3rd in various sizes. The last day for pickup is May 22 for those not attending. If you have already applied for Graduation your cap and gown is free. If you need further assistance regarding your attire, you may contact the Bookstore at 610-359-5309 or 1177mgr@follett.com. You may also order your attire at the Commencement Fairs.

Announcements & Tickets

Each graduate will receive three tickets and three announcements along with their cap and gown. Extra tickets are not available. The tickets are for your invited guests and must be presented at the door for admission to the ceremony at West Chester University. All guests need a ticket, including children and infants. The Announcements are not tickets and cannot be used for admission. Graduates themselves do not need a ticket.

Photography Cards 

Cards will also be available in the Bookstore when you pick up your cap and gown. All cards must be filled out at this time. The College photographer, Grad Images, requests that all graduates complete a card regardless of whether or not they wish to purchase photographs. If you would like to pre-register, please click on the link below:

Disability Services

Students or guests with disabilities needing accommodations should contact Ann Binder at 610-325-2748 or abinder@dccc.edu.


Just a reminder that all graduates and attendees are asked to please respect each other and West Chester University, which has so graciously agreed to host Delaware County Community College’s Commencement. This ceremony is first and foremost about our graduates. Please refrain from shouting, loud talking and rude behavior. Both graduates and attendees should remain seated during the reading of the graduates' names. Photography is permitted from your seats only, but please be mindful of not blocking the view of others who are nearby. After the ceremony, graduates will have the opportunity to purchase photos taken by a professional photographer contracted by the College. Thank you, family and friends for celebrating this very special occasion with our graduates and our College family.

Commencement Fairs 

The College will be holding Commencement Fairs on dates shown below. Graduates will be able to meet with representatives from all aspects of the process leading to commencement.  The following information/representatives will be available:

  • Advising and Transfer Information
  • Cap and Gown Ordering
  • Volunteer Opportunities w/Campus Life at Commencement
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Student Employment Opportunities
  • “Selfie” Station
  • Prizes – Drawing selected for students who fill out applications for graduation
  • Class of 2018 Scholarship
Date Time Campus
Monday, March 5 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Southeast Center
Tuesday, March 6 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Exton Center
Thursday, March 8 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Marple Campus STEM Center
Thursday, March 8

4:30-7:30 p.m.

Marple Campus STEM Center
Tuesday, March 20 (rescheduled from March 7) 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Downingtown Campus

Information Sessions

Attendance is not mandatory but these sessions will give graduates an idea of what to expect the night of graduation. Information sessions are held at the following campuses:

Monday, April 30 6:30-7:30 p.m. Exton Center, Room 214
Tuesday, May 1 11:10 a.m.-Noon Southeast Center, Room 147
Thursday, May 3 11:10 a.m.-Noon Downingtown Campus, Room 238
Monday, May 7 7-8 p.m. Southeast Center, Room 147
Tuesday, May 8 11:10 a.m.-Noon Marple Campus, STEM Auditorium
Wednesday, May 9 6:30-7:30 p.m. Marple Campus, STEM Auditorium

Phi Theta Kappa

The official Phi Theta Kappa commencement attire is the gold honors stole. PTK students may purchase the stoles in the Bookstore (Room 2545, Founders Hall). They are $24. Please be aware that the stole must be purchased prior to the night of graduation, they will not be available at the ceremony site.  If you have any questions pertaining to the gold honors stole, please contact PTK at 610-359-5172 or ptk@mail.dccc.edu.

*Please note: All students who applied to graduate and who have picked up a cap and gown may take part in the Commencement ceremony, even if they do not receive a degree. In other words, students who planned to graduate but failed to qualify for a degree because of failing a course, failing to obtain a satisfactory grade point average, etc. in the present semester, may still participate in the ceremony to the same extent as those who will receive degrees. This should preclude any embarrassment that might ensue from a last-minute change of plans.

If you have questions that were not answered above, please email commencement@dccc.edu.