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Grand Island Graduation Information

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  • RSVP for commencement activities will open on March 26.

    The Grand Island Campus of Central Community College will host Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Heartland Events Center.

    Contact Emily Gildersleeve for more information. 

    Cap & Gown

    Hunter Green cap, tassel and gown can be purchased at any time through Follett Bookstore here on Campus. Cost for the graduates this year is $35.25 + tax. Additional tassels are $4.00 ea. + tax. The cap, gown and tassel can be taken at the time of purchase.  If you have additional questions, or are unable to pick up your cap, tassel and gown, please call Ray Johnson, Campus Bookstore Manager, at 308-398-7418. NOTE: There will be a fee of $7.50, in addition to the cost of your gown, to mail your cap, tassel and gown to you.   

    If necessary, arrangements can be made to deliver tassels, caps, gowns, and announcements to Kearney and Lexington for students living in those areas. Kearney students contact Katie Holmes by phone at 308-338-4001 or by e-mail Lexington students can contact Cheryl Bowers-Richardson by phone at 308-324-8481 or by e-mail    

    Students will be allowed to wear corsages or boutonnieres on their graduation gowns. Please wear proper attire for graduation!   

    Commencement Rehearsal

    The only rehearsal for graduation will be held at 8:30 a.m. sharp on graduation day. It is imperative that all graduates be present for the whole rehearsal. The doors to the Events Center will be closed during the rehearsal. Doors will be opened at 9:30 a.m. for family and friends to be seated. 

    We need to be made aware of any special accommodations for handicapped students. If accommodations are needed, please contact Emily Gildersleeve at 308-398-7378 or

    Graduation Invitations

    Students going through the graduation ceremony will be entitled to 25 free graduation invitations. The invitations will be available to pick up from Glenda Heath at the Welcome Center (300 wing admissions entrance) during regular office hours (Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). 

    Honor Medallions

    Honor medallions will be awarded to those students earning an AAS, AA or AS, and have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or above. Eligibility is based on cumulative GPA from the Fall semester (includes students finishing in the summer session). Students must participate in the graduation ceremony to receive a medallion.

    Phi Theta Kappa

    Graduates, who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, are responsible for ordering their own honors stole and tassel at Please be sure to place your order early enough for on time delivery. The college administration and the Alpha Tau Tau chapter will allow only chapter officers to wear the Double Honor Blue & Gold Cords for recognition and service to the chapter. All other Alpha Tau Tau chapter members will be allowed to wear only the gold stole and tassel. 

    Order your PTK honors stole and tassel

    The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi)

    Graduates, who are inducted members of Sigma Alpha Pi, The National Society of Leadership and Success, are responsible for ordering their own honors stole and cords at Please be sure to place your order early enough for on time delivery. Inducted members have attended and completed the following: Orientation, Leadership Training Day, three Success Networking Team Meetings (SNTs) and three Broadcasts. If you have questions about your membership status, contact one of the advisors.

    Order your NSLS 
    honors stole and cords



    If you are a Veteran or Current Service member, and a member of the PTK/SALUTE honor society, you will be able to wear a SALUTE honors stole along with the PTK honors stole and tassel. Please contact Travis Karr at 308-398-7376 for more information on how to get your SALUTE honors stole. 

    Veterans Appreciation Honor Cords 

    As a symbolic initiative honoring our graduating Veteran and Current Service member students, red, white and blue Veterans Appreciation Honor Cords will be made available to any graduating Veteran student interested in wearing one during commencement. Contact Travis Karr at 308-398-7376 for further information.

    Register for the Veterans
    and Military Graduation Cord

    Graduation Luncheon

    The Central Community College Foundation will host a Graduation Luncheon for all degree and diploma graduates. Students do not have to go through the Graduation ceremony in order to attend. The date for this is Tuesday, April 24, 12 p.m. in the Student Center. It will last approximately one hour. More information regarding the luncheon will be sent to you at a later date. Make plans now to attend.

    Contact Glenda Heath for more information.

    Seeking Full Time Employment?

    If you would like your name, address, and phone number included on a list of graduates to be sent to employers, please complete and sign the following release. Employers may then call you with employment opportunities. Deadline to submit: April 22, 2018.

    Career & Employment Services 
    Registration & Release


    A professional photographer will be taking pictures at the graduation ceremony as each graduate receives his/her degree or diploma. The CCC Foundation Office will mail one 4x6 complimentary photograph to you once your graduation status has been verified by the Registrar’s Office. (Expect the photograph to arrive approximately eight weeks after your degree or diploma is completed.) After the ceremony, you will also be able to purchase additional photographs directly from the photographer. For more information, please contact Cheri Beda, Alumni Director, at or 308-398-7437.

    View Photos   (This site requires a password to view photos. Please check your email or contact Cheri Beda.) Photos will be available online about a week after commencement.  

    Degrees and Diplomas

    Don’t be alarmed when you open your degree folder at graduation and find it empty! Final grades are due several days after the ceremony; thus, your final academic credit check will take place after that. If you are completing your requirements in May, you can expect your degree and/or diploma in the mail by the end of June. If you are a summer graduate, you can look for your degree and/or diploma at the beginning of September. (You should have already received your degree/diploma if you earned it in December.)

    *Please note: If you have an outstanding balance with the Student Accounts Office, you will not have access to your transcript and your degree will not be mailed to you until all remaining bills are paid. Contact the Student Accounts Office to take care of any outstanding balances.

  • Questions?

    Emily Gildersleeve
    308 398 7378