Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Commencement

Graduation Day is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at West Chester University. All pertinent information concerning commencement will be posted to this page and will be updated as information becomes available.  

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., go to Degree Works and enter your delaGATE login information. 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 who is listed on the same page.


Applying to Graduate

The deadline to apply was March 15. If you would like to apply after this date please contact Enrollment Central. 


Announcements & Tickets

Each graduate will receive three tickets and three announcements along with their cap and gown. 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. The announcements are not tickets and cannot be used for admission. Graduates themselves do not need a ticket. 

We ask that if you are not planning on using all of your allotted tickets, please make them available to other graduates by turning them back into the Campus Store. Alternately, students may also work directly with their peers who are looking for additional tickets. Extra tickets, if available, will be given out at the Commencement Information Sessions.  See below for dates.

B-1 Invitation Letters
Here is the documentation required for B-1 visas, right from the Department of State website. If you read the note in the paragraph titled “Additional Documentation,” it states: Visa applicants must qualify on the basis of the applicant's residence and ties abroad, rather than assurances from U.S. family and friends. A letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support is not needed to apply for a visitor visa. If you choose to bring a letter of invitation or Affidavit of Support to your interview, please remember it is not one of the factors used in determining whether to issue or deny the visa.


Assembly Time

Graduates should assemble at 9 a.m. sharp in the Ehinger Gymnasium. There will be signs and event staff to direct you where to go.

As you enter the gymnasium, you will pick up a name card. This card is what will be handed to the reader on stage and is the only way the reader will know who each graduate is. Graduates who do not participate in the ceremony will not have their names called. The name on your card will be exactly as you registered. You must remember to pick up your name card at the entrance to the gymnasium.

Signs will be posted indicating the location, by degree, of where to line up. Staff members will assist you and provide further instructions. It is strongly recommended to leave any personal belongings with friends or relatives. Delaware County Community College will not be held responsible for any lost or stolen items although we will make every effort to protect them. Please wear comfortable shoes to maneuver the stairs and distance easily. Also, please silence or turn off all electronic devices.

Graduates who arrive late will not be seated in their area of discipline and their names will be called after the awarding of Certificates of Proficiency.


Cap and Gowns

If you ordered your cap and gown online (from Herff-Jones), it will be available at the campus you selected beginning May 1. Students at the Marple Campus may pick them up in the Campus Store (Room 2545, Founders Hall). The College’s official attire consists of a cap, gown, hood, black tassel. 

If you are graduating with Honors, and are a member of PTK, the PTK Gold Honors stole can also be worn. If you are graduating with Honors and are a member of the National Technical Honor Society, the NTHS White Honors stole can be worn. If you are a veteran, you may wear the red, white and blue cord. 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. If you miss this deadline, you may pick up your attire in the Campus Store beginning May 3 but run the risk of not having an exact fit. The last day for pickup is May 21 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 Campus Store at 610-359-5309 or 1177asm@follett.com. Students at branch locations should contact the following people to pick up their cap and gown:

  • Downingtown Campus – Janet Keith
  • Exton Center – Veronica Burns
  • Pennocks Bridge Campus - Douglas Wolcik McCann
  • Southeast Center -  Bill Eichinger
  • Upper Darby Center – Bill Eichinger
  • Phoenixville Campus – Pick Up at Exton

If you did NOT order through the website, you may pick up a cap and gown at the Marple Campus Store beginning May 3.


Ceremony Details

Detailed information about the ceremony in this outline of the ceremony


Diplomas

Diploma Pick-Up
The binder you receive on stage will not contain your diploma. A letter will be sent to all graduates notifying you when diplomas will be ready for pick up.  Diplomas may be picked up at Marple Campus only.  Diplomas must be picked up in person and appropriate identification is required.  If you have any questions, please email records@dccc.edu or call 610-325-2838.

Diploma Frames
Frames to fit your diploma may be purchased in the Campus Store. Diploma frames are available to purchase on the Campus Store website.


Directions

Driving Directions
The general parking garage closest to Hollinger Field House is located at Sharpless and South Church Streets. There is a second garage located at the corner of South New Street and West Nields Street. See map >>

Directions to Ehinger Gymnasium (graduates) / Hollinger Field House (guests)
When leaving the Sharpless parking garage turn left and follow South Church Street one block, turn right onto University Avenue.  Ehinger Gymnasium and Hollinger Field House are located on the left. Graduates enter Ehinger Gymnasium to robe and line up with their class, guests continue to Hollinger Field House. 


Disability Services

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


Etiquette

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.


Flowers

If you would like to pre-order flowers for the day of commencement, you can do so on this website. All online orders will be available for pick up on site the day of graduation.  Please stop by the flower table located in the lobby of the entrance to Hollinger Field House to pick up your order.


Guests

Graduates are limited to three guests. The commencement tickets that you received with your announcements will be required for admission into Hollinger Field House. Having a ticket will be strictly enforced. No re-entry will be allowed. Graduates themselves do not need a ticket. Please arrive on time. Guests arriving late will not be allowed to enter the seating area once the ceremony starts. See Tickets/Announcements.


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:

Marple Campus, Room 1403 (STEM Auditorium)
Tuesday, May 7, 11:10 a.m.-Noon
Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Southeast Center, Room 147
Monday, May 6, 7-8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7, 11:10 a.m.-Noon

Exton Center, Room 113
Monday, April 29, 6-7 p.m.

Downingtown Campus, Room 238
Tuesday, April 30, 11:10 a.m.-Noon.

 


Parking

The general parking garage is located at the intersection of Sharpless Street and South Church Street. Graduates, plan to arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. to ensure ample time to park and get to the Ehinger Gymnasium on time.

Commencement Parking Map

Accessible Parking
Students or guests requiring an accessible parking pass must contact the Office of Disability Services at 610-359-5229 or abinder@dccc.edu. Only vehicles with a state issued disabilities license plate or hangtag will be allowed to park in the accessible parking area. There is a drop-off area located at the intersection of University Avenue and Church Street. For other accommodations, please contact the above-mentioned office.

Public Transportation
For information on bus and rail schedules and service, call SEPTA at 610-734-1300 or visit www.septa.org


Photography Cards

Photography cards will be available in the Campus Store when you pick up your cap and gown. All cards should 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 pregister you can do so at the Grad Images website.

The studio will send you your free proofs within two weeks of graduation. There is no obligation to purchase photographs. If you have any questions regarding these proofs, contact Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 or visit www.gradimages.com.


Phi Theta Kappa

The official Phi Theta Kappa commencement attire is the gold honors stole. PTK students may only purchase the stoles on the PTK website. They are $26. 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.


National Technical Honor Society

The official National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) commencement attire is the white honors stole. NTHS students may purchase the stoles directly through the NTHS website at nths.org/product/honor-stoles. 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 NTHS honors stole, please contact Erica Reeves at ereeves1@dccc.edu or Susan Scalzi at sscalzi@dccc.edu.

** In the event that a student is a member of both Phi Theta Kappa and the National Technical Honors Society, students may only wear one stole and one cord (one to signify each organization). Students should wear the stole of their primary organization affiliation and an honors cord to signify the secondary affiliation (purple/white cord for NTHS and Blue/Gold cord for PTK).


Student Veterans

In recognition of our students that have served or are currently serving in our armed forces, student veteran official commencement attire is the red/white/blue honors cord. Student veteran cords may be obtained by contacting Dr. Darren Lipscomb at dlipscomb@dccc.edu. Please be aware that the cord must be obtained prior to the night of graduation, they will not be available at the ceremony site. If you have any questions pertaining to the Student Veteran honors cord, please contact Dr. Darren Lipscomb at dlipscomb@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.