What GHC graduates should know before graduation

Daphne Segovia, Guest Writer

On Thursday, May 12, 2022, GHC will be celebrating its graduates.
There will be three commencement ceremonies taking place at different times: 2 p.m. for nurse pinning and commencement and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for all other students.
Graduates are advised to arrive an hour early to the ceremonies. Seating will be limited and guests must have a guest pass. There will also be limited wheelchair seating accommodations that will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The ceremonies will be broadcast virtually due to the limited seating.
“I’m excited for the fellow graduates and more excited to be one of them,” GHC student Jack Heffernan said.
Students that are set to graduate should first contact their adviser and review their transcripts to make sure they are one semester away from obtaining all the required course credits.
Once this information is confirmed, students need to submit a graduation application to the GHC registrar. It must be submitted one semester before a student is meant to graduate.
“Even though I’m transferring to a different school, the graduation process seemed very easy for my fellow graduate friends,” GHC student Emily Cumana said.
Additionally, students need to make sure all their fees and/or tickets at GHC are paid in full. Students will not be able to receive their diploma until that has been done.
Students should check their email frequently after completing the graduation application process as emails containing due dates are often sent out.
Clifton Puckett, Cocurricular and Transitions Programs Coordinator, created a GHC Student Inform post with information on these deadlines. The deadline for cap and gown order submission was March 14, April 1 was the deadline for commencement RSVP and April 4 was the last call for regalia rental orders.
Information for regalia rentals can be found in the GHC bookstore. The cap and gown purchases and regalia rentals are provided by Herff Jones.
Graduates can expect to receive their diploma in the mail two to four weeks after the commencement ceremony. There is also the option to receive a certified Electronic Certification (eDiploma). Graduates can locate this option in their GHC Student Portal under “Important Links” and then “Services.” There is a $10.95 fee.
Graduates are advised to wear comfortable clothing under their graduation gowns as the commencement ceremonies are expected to be lengthy. Graduates are allowed to decorate their graduation caps.