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Frequently Asked Questions

When is Commencement?
Commencement is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, in the George H. Ryan Activities Center (gymnasium).

What time do I need to arrive?
Check in is at the Main Entrance at 8:30 a.m. Additional information will be provided when you pick up your cap and gown.

How do I notify you that I plan to participate in the commencement ceremony?
Complete the graduation questionnaire and submit it by Wednesday, May 6.

How much does my cap and gown cost?
The cost is $25 and purchased from the college's Accounting Office by Wednesday, May 6.  Contact the office at (815) 802-8140 to make payment and hear payment options.

How do I arrange for special accommodations for a guest?
Note special accommodations on your graduation questionnaire.

When can I pick up my cap and gown?
Pick up your cap, gown, tassel and five (5) wristbands May 5 - May 7 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Room D152, Iroquois Room.

How do I properly care for my gown?
Hang the gown on a hanger to allow the folds to fall out. The best location is a high humidity area. To press (iron) your gown, turn it inside out and press with a warm--not hot--iron. Steaming is also an option.

Where do I pick up academic achievement/special recognition cords?
Cords will be available the morning of commencement at the Main Entrance when checking in. The significance of the colored cords and stoles that many of our graduates wear indicate a scholastic achievement based on the cumulative GPA earned by the end of the fall semester in December.

How long is the commencement program?
About 90 minutes.

Where can I leave my belongings during the ceremony?
Students are encouraged to leave belongings with family, friends or loved ones. The college also has a designated "self-check" room for belongings, and they are left at your own risk. The college is not liable for any belongings that may go missing.

Will my family be able to take photos?
Guests can take a photo of their graduate as he/she descends the stage stairs or on KCC's campus grounds and first-floor area. A professional photographer will take pictures of you after you get your diploma.

Can I engage in social media during the ceremony?
Yes! Feel free to share your experience with family and friends through Twitter, Facebook, etc. during the ceremony.

Is there a reception?
Yes, a reception with refreshments will be in the College Center immediately following the ceremony.

How many family members and friends can I bring to the ceremony?
You may invite up to five guests to sit in the gym. Additional guests will be directed to overflow rooms. Wristbands for guests to enter the gym are provided when you receive your cap and gown. Small children (under 2 years old) who can sit on someone's lap will not need a wristband. Seating is first-come, first-served. Saving seats is not permitted. Once the gymnasium reaches capacity, guests will be directed to overflow rooms.

What if my guests cannot get a seat in the gymnasium? Where do they go?
Guests who are not seated in the gymnasium by 9:55 a.m. will be directed to the Auditorium (Room L110), the Iroquois Room (Room D152) or the Workforce Development Center Conference Hall (Room D140) where the ceremony will be videocast live.

How early can my family arrive?
For guests needing assistance or special accommodations, gymnasium doors will open at 8:45 a.m. General seating begins at 9 a.m. Doors to the gymnasium close at 9:55 a.m. or when seating capacity is reached.

Can my family bring balloons etc.?
Please ask family members not to bring balloons or other large items that could obstruct the view of others.

Do I get my actual diploma that day?
Spring grades are not due to the college records office until Monday, May 18, so actual diplomas will not be presented at the ceremony. You will receive a diploma cover and the actual diploma will be mailed to your home. This practice is common at most colleges and universities.

How will I be recognized during the ceremony?
Graduates will line up and receive diplomas in alphabetical order, and the certificates and degrees will be presented in alphabetical order. Those earning more than one degree will line up according to the highest degree or certificate being earned.

Can we decorate our caps?
Yes, we just ask that your decorations reflect your positive experience.

What if I still owe the college money?
You can still participate in the commencement program. Please make arrangements with the Accounting Office to have this obligation resolved. You will not receive your diploma until the obligation is resolved. ​​​