Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I'm graduating over the summer. Can I participate in the May commencement?
A: Students who are scheduled to complete all program requirements no later than the last day of the second summer session following the spring commencement may participate in spring exercises, with program chair certification. This includes students lacking no more than six semester hours of credit toward completion of all degree requirements or who have a single internship or practicum worth no more than fifteen credit hours, which will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students must submit all necessary paperwork for graduation (see Intent to Graduate and Graduation Clearance form listed above) by the stated deadlines in order to participate.

Q: I'm graduating over the summer. When can I get my diploma?
A: All summer graduates who participate in commencement will receive a diploma cover on May 12. Once you have finished all course requirements, you can pick up your diploma from Cara Lursen. Cara will contact you via your Cabarrus College email when your diploma is ready to be picked up.

Q: What tassel color should I receive?
A: Each program has a different tassel color. If for any reason you receive a tassel that is different from the colors listed below, please contact Cara Lursen.

  • Diploma in Medical Assisting: black
  • Diploma in Surgical Technology: black
  • Associate Degree in Medical Assisting: black
  • Associate Degree in Surgical Technology: forest green
  • Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant: Sage Green
  • Associate Degree in Nursing: Apricot
  • Associate Degree in Pharmacy Technology: Olive Green
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging: Maroon
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Apricot
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Studies: White
  • Master of Occupational Therapy: Sage Green

Q: I'm not planning to participate in the graduation ceremony. What do I need to do?

  • Please email Cara Lursen to let her know that you are not participating in the ceremony. Please do this as early as possible so we can release your graduation tickets and make other graduates very happy.
  • You can pick up your diploma the week after graduation. Cara Lursen will contact you via your Cabarrus College email when your diploma is ready to be picked up.
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