Baccalaureate/Cap & Gown and Commencement
(Graduation) May 6-7, 2022
Greensboro College holds Commencement ceremonies once a year in May. Students who graduate in August or December are invited to participate in Commencement Ceremonies the following May, along with that May’s graduates. Exceptions to this policy are allowed only in particular situations with approval.
All graduating students should submit an Application for Graduation to the Registrar’s Office by the stated deadlines for their graduation.
Show Your Class of 2022 Spirit!
For the Class of 2020
The Class of 2020 is invited to participate in Greensboro College’s 2022 Commencement events. Please see the section below titled “Class of 2020” to learn more about how to participate in the ceremonies. We would love to see you again!
Baccalaureate/Cap and Gown Ceremony
Friday, May 6, 2022, 5 p.m.
Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center, Odell Building
Graduating students and their “cappers” assemble: 4 p.m., Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel
Ceremony begins: 5 p.m.
- Faculty Address: Professor Anna G. Carter, Asst. Professor of Exercise Science
- Baccalaureate Speaker: Tica L. Green ’94, Director of Academic Success, Greensboro College
Live-streaming: Watch live on our GC Baccalaureate YouTube Channel here
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 10 a.m.
Location: Front Campus. In case of inclement weather, the Rain Plan will be in effect).
Graduates assemble: 8:30 a.m., Hanes Gym (next to the athletic field)
Ceremony begins: 10 a.m.
- Student Address: Mackenzie I. Burns ’22
- Commencement Address: Dr. Mark L. Pollard ’66, D.B. (Hon.) ’22, Managing Director Investments,Merrill Lynch Wealth Management (Retired)
Live-streaming: Watch live on our YouTube channel: GC Commencement YouTube here
- Commencement Exercises begin at 10 a.m. Commencement is scheduled to be on Front Campus. *There is not a limit to the number of guests a graduating students may bring to Commencement on Front Campus. (*Subject to change in alignment with any pandemic developments that may arise)
Checklist for graduating students
- Submit an Application for Graduation by the following deadlines:
- March 1 for May and August graduates.
- Oct. 1 for December graduates
- If any information changes after you have submitted your Application for Graduation, notify the Registrar’s Office immediately at [email protected].
- Check your degree audit in Empower to ensure that you have met all academic requirements. If you have questions about your degree audit, ask your advisor or the Registrar. The Registrar’s Office is in 205 Main Building, or email at [email protected], or telephone at 336-272-7102, extension 5207.
- All financial obligations to Greensboro College must be satisfied in order to graduate and receive a diploma.
- Order your cap and gown, invitations, class rings, etc. during the Senior Salute event. Senior Salute will be Feb. 3, 2022.
- Ask someone to be your capper for the Baccalaureate/Cap and Gown Ceremony. It is an honor for the person you ask so choose wisely.
- Attend the rehearsal. If it is impossible for you to attend, please notify Martha Bunch at [email protected].
- If you graduated in August or December and are no longer on campus, be sure that you stay in touch with the Registrar’s Office and this web page for current information regarding Commencement.
Rehearsal for Commencement
10 a.m. Friday, May 6, 2022 – Begins in Hanes Gym (next to the athletic field)
The rehearsal will include information about the Baccalaureate/Cap and Gown Ceremony and Commencement Ceremony.
- All graduating students participating in Commencement must attend the rehearsal. Please assemble in the Hanes Gym no later than 9:50 a.m. Rehearsal usually lasts about two hours.
- Please note that although a decision on whether or not to follow the rain plan will not be made until later Friday, graduating students should pick up their allotted guest tickets for Commencement at rehearsal just in case.
If it is impossible for you to attend the rehearsal, please contact Martha Bunch in advance at [email protected].
Baccalaureate/Cap and Gown Ceremony
The Cap and Gown Ceremony is a time-honored tradition at Greensboro College. This is an opportunity for you to pay respect to someone you feel has assisted you in attaining your goal of completing your degree. This person, who cannot be a member of the graduating class, will prepare you for Commencement Exercises. This preparation includes escorting you in the Baccalaureate/Cap & Gown Ceremony and assisting you with the official robing for Commencement. This person will place your robe, hood and cap on you during the ceremony. The procedures are as follows:
- All graduating students and cappers need to assemble by 4 p.m. in Finch Chapel.
- Graduating students will line up double file, with cappers beside them. Cappers will stand on the right with the hood and robe over their right arm and the medallion and cap in their right hand. This is done so that cappers may hold the arm or hand of the participants during the processional.
- The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. with a processional. During the ceremony, the official capping will take place as follows (these steps will be demonstrated for you before the ceremony begins):
- The Chief Student Marshal goes to the podium and reads a brief statement about the history of the Cap and Gown Ceremony.
- The Assistant Chief Student Marshal rings a handbell. The graduating students and cappers stand up; the cappers assist the graduates into the gowns.
- The Assistant Chief Student Marshal rings the handbell a second time. The graduating students turn to face their cappers. The cappers will:
- zip the robe;
- place the medallion, honors cords (if applicable) and hood on the graduating students; and
- place the cap on the graduating students (the tassel should hang on the front right side for Bachelor’s degree candidates; the tassel should hang on the front left for graduate students).
- The Assistant Chief Student Marshal rings the handbell a third time. The graduating students turn to face the stage and remain standing.
- The Chief Student Marshal concludes the ceremony and tells the graduating students and cappers to be seated.These instructions will be demonstrated for graduates and cappers in Finch Chapel before the Baccalaureate Ceremony begins.
- Recessional: Platform party will exit first, followed by the faculty, then the seniors and cappers, and finally the graduate students and their cappers.
- 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2022, Greensboro College Front Campus. (In inclement weather, the Rain Plan will be in effect)
- Graduating students gather at 8:30 a.m. in Hanes Gym (next to the athletic field)
- Live-streaming: Watch live on our YouTube channel: GC Commencement YouTube here
Greensboro College holds Commencement ceremonies once a year in May. Students who graduate in August or December are invited to participate in Commencement ceremonies the following May, along with that May’s graduates.
Graduating Students Participation Requirements:
Undergraduate students who have not completed all academic requirements are allowed to participate in Commencement ceremonies only by approval. There are two exceptions to this rule:
- Undergraduate students who lack 8 credit hours or fewer for graduation upon completion of the Spring semester, and register for those hours in the summer session immediately following that Spring semester, and notify the Registrar by April 15 of their intention to participate in Commencement ceremonies that May.
- Undergraduate students who are enrolled in the radiologic technology clinical program may participate in the May Commencement ceremonies preceding the summer when they will finish their clinical program.
Commencement is typically held outside on Front Campus. In the event of light rain, Commencement will continue to be held outside. Graduating students, faculty members, and the platform party are not permitted the use of umbrellas, but they will be provided with a poncho to wear over their regalia. Guests are welcome to bring umbrellas as they wish. Diplomas will be distributed to Graduating students immediately following the ceremony in Lea Center.
If heavier rain or severe weather is forecast, the College will invoke its rain plan:
- Commencement will be held in Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center.
- Each graduating student will receive two tickets for family/friends to attend. (Graduating students do not need tickets, but each guest must have a ticket regardless of age.) Graduating students may receive their tickets Friday morning at Commencement rehearsal. If you do not need your tickets, you are welcome to give them to another graduate who needs more.
- If you cannot attend rehearsal, you may pick up your tickets from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. before Baccalaureate on Friday in Odell Lobby. If you cannot attend either rehearsal or Baccalaureate, you may pick up your tickets 8 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Saturday in Odell Lobby.
- Commencement also will be live-streamed via YouTube on the website and so available anywhere on or off campus. The link will be accessible from the home page.
Students who graduate in May will receive their diplomas during the Commencement ceremony, assuming all academic and financial obligations to the College are satisfied. Students who graduate in August or December will be mailed their diplomas by the Registrar’s Office to the addresses provided by the students on their Applications for Graduation, unless they prefer to pick up their diplomas in person. (Please contact the Registrar’s Office to pick up a diploma in person.) Graduating students who live outside the United States are responsible for mailing costs.
Graduating students’ names will be printed on the diplomas as indicated on the students’ Application for Graduation.
Caps, Gowns, and Other Graduation Material
Greensboro College sponsors a Senior Salute event each spring semester. The Senior Salute will take place on Thursday, February 3, 2022, in Lea Center. For any questions, please contact Hannah Soots ‘21, Director of Alumni Giving and Programs, at [email protected], or call (336)-272-7102 x5403,
At Senior Salute, graduating students will have the opportunity to take care of graduation planning and ordering in one place such as:
Order your cap and gown at Senior Salute and save $10; payment is not required when ordering. For more information, contact Cliff Braly, the store manager of the Pride Shop at [email protected] or call 336-272-7102 ext. 5713
Graduation announcements and other accessories: Order directly from Jostens items such as personalized graduation announcements, thank you cards, custom frames, etc. Special package prices are included in this packet. To learn more, contact Jostens at 1-800-854-7464 or at www.jostens.com.
Alumni Association: Receive a special gift to welcome you as a new member.
Greensboro College Class Ring: Order your official Greensboro College Class Ring.
Business Office: Schedule an appointment to complete your Federal Perkins and Greensboro College Loan Exit Interview. Also, check the status of your GC account to avoid holds on records.
Career Exploration and Development: Connect to let us know about your after-GC plans or to schedule an appointment. Contact Marily Woods, the Director of Student Accounts at [email protected] or call (336) 272-7102, x 5621
Senior Class: Vote for Class Speaker (fellow student), Faculty Speaker, Class Song, Class Dolls.
Senior Portraits: A professional photographer will provide you with a quality portrait for your purchase. Please note that separate payment is required for each booth where payment applies (cash/check/charge). If you are unable to attend, you can order rings, announcements, etc. by contacting Jostens at 1-800-854-7464 or www.jostens.com. You can order your cap and gown through the GC Pride Shop by contacting Cliff Braly at 336-272-7102, ext. 5233 or emailing at [email protected].
Photo Specialties, a professional photography company, will be present on Commencement day. Graduating students will be photographed individually as they receive their diplomas. Package information will be available after the ceremony. Proofs and packages will be available on their website: www.photospecialties.com. For more information, see [email protected] or call 919-967-9576. Students are not required to purchase photographs.
The College has reserved parking spaces for guests with mobility impairments; however, the total number of these parking spaces is limited. A valid permit is required for parking in reserved parking spaces.
Spaces will be reserved within seating sections for wheelchairs at the Baccalaureate ceremony and the Commencement ceremony.
If there will be a need for an ASL interpreter at the Baccalaureate and/or Commencement ceremony, please inform the College well in advance so that arrangement can be made.
Those using wheelchairs or having other special needs are strongly encouraged to arrive on campus no later than 9:30 a.m. to be seated before Commencement begins at 10 a.m.
Class of 2020 – How to Participate
The Class of 2020 is invited to participate in Greensboro College’s 2022 Commencement Events on Friday, May 6th and Saturday, May 7th, 2022. We would love for you to join us.
All 2020 Graduates who wish to participate must:
RSVP to participate no later than February 23, 2022. Click here to RSVP. No exceptions will be made after this deadline.
Order your regalia if you did not purchase it previously. The cost of regalia is approximately $100, plus tax. You can pick up your cap and gown in the Pride Shop in the Student Center.
Attend Commencement Rehearsal on Friday, May 6th at 10 a.m., location Hanes Gym. Rehearsal will last approximately two hours.
Meet for Baccalaureate on Friday, May 6th at 4 p.m., with your capper in Finch Chapel (Optional)
Meet for Commencement on Saturday, May 7th at 8:30 a.m. in Hanes Gym
Commencement Events include:
Baccalaureate Cap & Gown Ceremony, May 6th, 2022 @ 5 p.m., Huggins Performance Center: 2020 Graduates participate in this traditional ceremony and honor their capper who helped them in their journey to complete their degree. (Attendance is optional. Bring your regalia if you attend.)
Commencement Ceremony, May 7th, 2022 @ 10 a.m., Front Campus: 2020 Graduates will dress in the traditional regalia and walk across the bricks with the Class of 2022. Rain plan information can be found on this page (above) titled “Rain Plan”.
If you have any questions please contact Hannah Soots, Director of Alumni Giving and Programs at [email protected].
For hotels and other lodgings, please visit the (Greensboro Chamber-Hotels) for listings.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Are tickets required for ceremonies? Tickets are not required for the Baccalaureate/Cap and Gown Ceremony or for Commencement, held outside on Front Campus. If the weather is inclement and the Rain Plan is in effect, guests must have tickets, which are allotted to graduating students. (See Rain Plan for details.)
- What should I wear to each ceremony? Commencement ceremonies are meant to be dignified and joyous events to celebrate graduating students’ significant achievements. To that end, graduating students’ attire is part of the overall atmosphere. It is recommended that graduating students dress as they would to attend a formal ceremony of any kind. Graduating students will wear cap, gowns, and hoods during the Commencement ceremony.
- How long will the ceremonies last? The Baccalaureate/Cap and Gown ceremony usually lasts about one hour and 15 minutes. The Commencement ceremony usually lasts just under two hours (excluding the time for graduating students to gather prior to the ceremony).
- Is attending the Baccalaureate/Cap & Gown Ceremony required? No, but it is strongly encouraged. This ceremony begins Commencement weekend in a beautiful setting and prepares the graduating class for Commencement exercises the next day. The Cap and Gown portion of the ceremony provides the unique opportunity for you to honor someone who has been important to you as you’ve completed your college degree. This person, your “capper,” will sit beside you and place your cap, gown, and hood on you during the ceremony. It’s a very meaningful way to start your Commencement weekend.
- Where can I get a senior medallion? Senior medallions will be available at the Rehearsal on the day before Commencement. There will also be extra medallions available before the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies.
- I graduated in August/December and already have my diploma. What will I receive during the Commencement ceremony? You will be handed a diploma cover with no diploma inside. No one will know the difference. We ask that you please return this diploma cover to the Registrar, who will be stationed at Finch Chapel immediately following the ceremony to collect empty diploma covers.
- Do I need to bring my cap and gown to the rehearsal? No.
- Where can I get honor cords to wear? Usually, the honor society of which you are a member will order and supply the honor cords. See your honor society’s advisor for details. There may be an additional fee. Greensboro College does not supply honor cords for graduates who earn the distinction of cum laude , magna cum laude , or summa cum laude .
- Where can I order my cap and gown and other graduation materials? Attend Senior Salute, and you can take care of everything there! If you miss Senior Salute, you can order caps and gowns through the Greensboro College Pride Shop. There are deadlines for ordering, so be sure to order no later than Feb. 28. You can order custom graduation invitations from Jostens at 1-800-854-7464 or at www.jostens.com. Generic invitations are available at the Greensboro College Pride Shop.
- Am I allowed to decorate my cap and/or wear cords/stoles with my gown? Yes, you may decorate your cap, but please be mindful that your decorations will not offend any individual or groups of people. Cords and stoles that you provide are allowed. The only cords or stoles that Greensboro College provides are for certain academic honor societies; please consult with your honor society advisors.
The Greensboro College Pride Shop will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the day of the Baccalaureate/Cap and Gown Ceremony, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of Commencement to assist with any last-minute graduation needs. You can also email Cliff Braly, the store manager at [email protected] or call 336-272-7102 ext. 5713