Congratulations on achieving this milestone!
We want your commencement ceremony to be a pleasant, meaningful experience. Below you will find some helpful information to make your commencement a success.
Arrival & check-in
- Graduates should arrive no later than 5 p.m. Traffic near the Frank Erwin Center, where commencement is held, will be congested. Allow extra travel time so you don't miss this important event.
- Graduates enter through the Red River street-level door. Bring your cap and gown.
- Attendants will direct you to the Lone Star Room for check-in. (No guests or children are allowed; please see information for guests.)
- Upon check-in, you will receive "reader" cards indicating your name and address. Present these cards to announcers before you cross the stage.
- Plan to leave purses and other valuables with family or friends. You also may leave items in the Lone Star Room during the ceremony.
Caps & gowns
To participate in commencement, you must be dressed in the appropriate cap and gown. You can purchase graduation caps, tassels, and black gowns from the ACC Bookstore. The cost to purchase graduation wear is approximately $45. If you have access to a black cap and gown in good condition, you may wear them. You still must purchase the tassel.
- You must present your graduation letter at the bookstore to purchase graduation wear. Letters are sent to eligible graduates approximately six weeks before commencement.
- Select a tassel color according to your degree:
- White: Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching
- Gold: Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Certificate
- Black: GED
You are encouraged to make any childcare arrangements well in advance. Children are not allowed to sit with graduates or wander the arena without supervision during the ceremony.
Diplomas will be mailed approximately six to eight weeks after the end of each semester. If you should move in the meantime, please update your address by sending an email from your ACC email account to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, ID number and new address.
December commencement is open to students who received a degree or certificate in the preceding summer semester or candidates who apply for the fall. May commencement is open to degree/certificate candidates who apply for the spring.
You can purchase commencement invitations at the ACC Bookstore beginning six weeks before the ceremony. Check the bookstore website for hours and locations.
Limited free parking is available in Lot 108 (located immediately south of the Erwin Center). Additional parking is available for a fee in the Trinity Garage (located on the south side of Martin Luther King Blvd. between Red River and Trinity streets) and on surface lots in the vicinity
A professional photographer will take photographs as you walk across the stage to receive your diploma cover and after you exit the stage. All graduate images will be posted on the photographer's designated website 2-5 days after the commencement ceremony. Proofs will be mailed 1-2 weeks after the commencement ceremony, and emailed to the address on your reader card. There is no obligation to purchase.
For everyone's safety and convenience, graduates must remain at their seats before and after being called to the stage for the duration of the program. Graduates may take photographs from their seats. Graduates may not move about the arena floor, the stage, or backstage to take photographs, nor should graduates take photographs during the procession or while walking across the stage.
College personnel will organize the procession; you are asked to follow their instructions at all times. Do not stop before you arrive at your seat.
IMPORTANT: Graduates should remain in place until the ceremony concludes with the processional music. If you arrive after the processional, ushers will seat you if you are wearing your cap and gown.
Smoking, Food, and Drink Prohibited
Smoking, food, and drink are prohibited inside the arena. Light refreshments will be available in the concourse following the ceremony