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Hastings Graduation Checklist

Learn how to prepare for graduation
  • The Hastings Campus of Central Community College will host Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 3 p.m. in the Dawson Building Gymnasium.

    Contact Amanda Cunningham for more information.

    Please read these important dates, and complete the following checklist

    ☐ Right away.... Please review all material in this checklist and the Important Graduation Information that follows. Some college student groups require additional steps to ensure appropriate recognition during the ceremony.

    ☐ Thursday, April 5.... If you plan to participate in the Hastings Graduation Ceremonies, you must fill out the RSVP form to confirm if you will or will not attend the 2018 Graduation Ceremony and or the Graduation Appreciation Breakfast. Note: If you do not submit this form by April 5, you will not be listed in the program, as a graduate participating in the Hastings Campus ceremonies!

    ☐ Thursday, April 19.... Attend the Graduate Appreciation Celebration at 9 a.m. in the Platte Building, Walnut Room.

    ☐ By Thursday, May 3..... Be sure to purchase your graduation gown and regalia at the Hastings Central Bookstore prior to this date.

    ☐ Saturday, May 5.... Attend 2018 Graduation! Rehearsal for graduation will be held at 11 a.m. in Dawson gymnasium. Rehearsal will last approximately one hour and you are free to leave after the rehearsal. Graduates need to be back in the Dawson building, dressed and ready to go, by 2 p.m. to get lined up for the ceremony. All graduates, family, and friends are invited to the reception in the Hall Student Union immediately following the ceremony. 

    Cap & Gown Order

    Please complete the RSVP cap and gown order form with your height and weight measurements. All Gowns and Caps will be Hunter Green. Caps will be “One Size Fits All”. The cost of the cap, gown, and tassel plus tax will be $37.72. If you would like your cap, gown and tassel mailed to you, the shipping cost will be $7.50 for a total of $45.22. Make your check or money order payable to: Hastings Central Bookstore (please include license number and expiration date on the check.) Mail your check to: Hastings Central Bookstore, PO Box 1024, Hastings, NE 68902-9924, or pay when you pick up your gown. Gowns will be available after April 2.

    Graduation Breakfast

    You are cordially invited to a Graduate Appreciation Breakfast given in your honor on Thursday, April 19, at 9 a.m. in the CCC Platte Building, Walnut Room. The Breakfast is compliments of the Central Community College Foundation and The Central Community College Alumni Association. You may attend the Appreciation Breakfast even if you do not attend the Graduation Ceremony. RSVP by April 5, 2018.

    Graduation Announcements and Guest Tickets

    Each graduate will receive 10 complimentary invitations and four guest tickets for friends and family to be seated in the gymnasium. Tickets and invitations will need to be picked up in person by the graduate at the Student Success Center in the Dawson Building during regular office hours (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Guests not in possession of a valid ticket are welcome and encouraged to come to campus and watch the ceremony in the Cedar/Fir Room in Dawson or in the Hall Student Union.

    Other Important Graduation Information

    Phi Theta Kappa

    Please check with a PTK advisor to confirm that your Phi Theta Kappa membership will be indicated on the graduation program. Members of Beta Alpha Delta Chapter receive a Phi Theta Kappa membership notation on their transcript record.

    One of the benefits of Phi Theta Kappa membership is being recognized for academic excellence at annual college commencement ceremonies held at the end of each spring semester. Members in good standing may call attention to their academic success by wearing Phi Theta Kappa graduation regalia with their caps and gowns.

    All graduation regalia are ordered from Phi Theta Kappa International Headquarters through its online store:

    Most member graduates choose to wear the gold honors stole, blue/gold double honors cord, and gold hat tassel. Other members also like to purchase the Gold Key Medallion as well. No local supplies are available for purchase.

    Order Online

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

    Graduates who are inducted members of The National Society of Leadership and Success, are responsible for ordering their own honors stole and cords at be sure to place your order early to allow 14 business days for delivery. Inducted members have attended and completed the following: Orientation, Leadership Training Day, three Broadcasts, and three Success Networking Team Meetings (SNTs). If you have questions about your membership status, contact one of the advisors.

    Order your NSLS
    honors stole and 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.


    If you are a Graduating 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.

    Register for the Veterans Cords
    And SALUTE Honors Stole

    Are You 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 the registration and release is: April 22, 2018.

    Career and 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.



    Amanda Cunningham
    Phone Number: 402-461-2424 or Toll Free: 1-877-222-0780, Ext. 2424

    Andrea Hays
    Phone Number: 402-461-2486 or Toll Free: 1-877-222-0780, Ext. 2486