ACC Virtual Commencement Celebration FAQs

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  • Will there be a spring commencement ceremony?
    • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and required social distancing practices, ACC will not be holding an in-person commencement ceremony for spring 2021.

      To immediately recognize our spring 2021 graduates and their achievements, ACC will host a virtual celebration. The ACC Virtual Commencement Celebation will air on the ACC website.

  • Will future in-person ceremonies be held?
    •  We cannot be certain when CDC, city and state guidelines for social distancing and prohibitions of large gatherings will change, so any future ceremony dates may be subject to cancelation or rescheduling.

  • How do I participate in the ACC Virtual Commencement Celebration?
    • The ACC Graduation Office has notified all candidates of their graduation status. In addition to their status letter, candidates have also received an email from the Vice-President of Student Affairs, announcing the virtual celebration. During the week of March 29, students will receive an email from the Graduation Office with further instructions and a profile registration link. This is where students may upload a photo and personal message, to be included on their unique recognition slide along with their name and the degree or certificate they are completing.

  • What will be included in the virtual celebration?
    • We are planning to include speeches, recognition of graduates’ individual achievements through a personalized recognition slide, and a platform where graduates may enjoy a communal moment through social media.

  • Do I have to participate in the virtual celebration?
    • All graduates will receive access to view the virtual celebration. You are not required to submit a photo or information to participate. If you choose to do so, your response and participation is acknowledgment of a public presentation of your name, photo and degree or certificate information. Please note, if you do not respond to the request for participation, a slide with your name and your certificate or degree will be presented along with the rest of the graduating class, unless you have requested privacy on your ACC records.

  • Do I need to purchase a cap and gown?
    • No. It is not necessary to wear a cap and gown for the virtual celebration. However, you will have the opportunity to submit a photo of yourself. If you would like to include a photo in traditional graduation attire, please consider purchasing from any online or local retailer.

  • Can I purchase graduation announcements?
    • Graduates can order announcement through the ACC bookstores here.  

  • Do I need to participate in this celebration or a future ceremony to graduate?
    • No. If students choose not to take part in any ceremony and their degree or certificate academic requirements are met, similar to prior years, students will receive their certificates or diplomas six to eight weeks after the degree conferral date.

  • How will I receive my diploma?
    • When students' academic requirements are met, similar to prior years, they will receive their certificates diplomas in the mail. Diplomas are mailed approximately four to six weeks after the degree conferral date. Graduates will receive an email notification via their ACC email account when their diploma has been mailed. Diplomas are mailed to the student's diploma mailing address. For more information, visit https://www.austincc.edu/students/graduation

If you have additional questions, please reach out to the Graduation Office at graduation@austincc.edu