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Clearly, your academic accomplishment is worthy of celebration!  As the number of TCC graduates has increased steadily over the last few years, however, we have had to think about making changes to ensure the Commencement Ceremony is joyous for everyone in attendance.

The Commencement Committee explored several options to accommodate the growing number of graduates (and their supporters) in attendance.  We determined for 2016, we would host two Commencement Ceremonies instead of one.  And we determined the fairest way to assign which graduates would attend what ceremony would be by alphabetical order.

Accordingly, graduates whose last names (as they are listed on the Commencement Participation form) begin with letters A through K will attend the Commencement Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16. Graduates whose last names begin with letters L through Z will attend the Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Tuesday May 16. All Early College High School graduates will participate in the 6 p.m. ceremony.

Please note, we are not allowing graduates to participate in a ceremony different from the one they are assigned. No exceptions. If you have not sent your RSVP for Commencement by May 10, you will not be permitted to participate. No exceptions.

We know this solution will not please everyone, but we believe it will make a much more pleasant celebration for all who are able to attend.  Please note both ceremonies will be live-streamed through should you have friends or family who cannot attend in person.


Enter at the Commerce Street Entrance on the east side of the building and report to the graduate staging area.

Start Time

The commencement ceremony will start at 1 p.m. for graduates whose last names begin with A–K. Graduates whose last names begin L–Z will participate in the 6 p.m. ceremony. All Early College High School students will participate in the 6 p.m. ceremony. 

Commencement is expected to last 2.5 hours. Conferring of your degree will be done at the end of the commencement ceremony. Cell phones must be turned off during the commencement ceremony, and graduates are expected to stay for the duration of the event.

Name Card

The name card will be used to announce your name as you cross the stage. You must bring this card with you to commencement.

The name card will be used to display your name as you cross the stage.

The name card will also indicate your arrival time. Please arrive on time, or early.

Name cards will be mailed on May 5. 


Graduates will be able to purchase food items while in the staging area. No food or drink will be permitted outside this area. Students will be asked to discard any remaining food or drink items prior to entering the arena from the staging area.

Cash, debit, and credit cards will be accepted.

No outside food or drink is permitted in the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Connecting After Graduation

Commencement ceremony officially marks your transition from student to alum. TCC will always be a part of you and remains behind you all the way! Log into the TCC Alumni Network to stay active, involved and relevant in the TCC community. Let your TCC connections work for you:

  • Résumé building
  • References
  • Continuing education
  • Professional networking
  • Job search
  • Interviewing techniques

Special Accommodations

Graduates with special needs (wheelchair access, hearing impaired, mobility impaired) should contact Ashley Tully at 817-515-1550 concerning their need as soon as possible.

Commencement will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. Section 202 at the Fort Worth Convention Center will be reserved for hearing impaired guests.

Updated May 05, 2017