Commencement Ceremonies


Commencement is the ceremony celebrating the completion of degrees, diplomas, and certificates. To participate in the commencement ceremony, students must apply for graduation and order cap and gown by posted deadlines.

11 a.m. | Morning Commencement

10 a.m. | Commencement Lineup


  • Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics
  • Human Services and Public Safety
  • Health Sciences
  • Aviation
  • Adult Education
  • Basic Skills

4 p.m. | Afternoon Commencement

3 p.m. | Commencement Lineup


  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Industrial, Construction, and Transportation  Systems Technologies
  • Business, Creative, and Performing Arts

Graduates and Guests

  • Herff-Jones provides GTCC’s official commencement invitations.
  • Go to the Herff-Jones website for pricing and ordering information.
  • The Jamestown College Bookstore also offers generic announcements, frames for credentials, rings, veteran's cords, and more to help you celebrate your accomplishment.

If you or a member of your party has a disability and need accommodations, please notify Kent Cowan, Assistive Technology Specialist, at or (336) 334-4822, ext. 50113 at least 30 days prior to commencement.

  • Tickets are not required to attend GTCC's commencement and there is no limit to the number of attendees for each graduate.
  • Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved prior to the event.

For Guests

  • We recommend that guests wear comfortable, business-casual attire when attending commencement. The coliseum is located a distance from guest parking, so low heels or flat shoes for walking is advised.

For Graduates

  • Basic Dress It is recommended that you avoid wearing brightly colored clothing, shoes, earrings, or other costume jewelry. Women should wear a simple white or dark dress or dress slacks (no jeans, please) and dark shoes with low or medium heels. Men should wear dark pants (no jeans, please) and dark shoes. If your gown is wrinkled, either hang it in a place where steam is generated (e.g., a shower stall) or press it with an iron on a lukewarm setting.
  • Academic Regalia Caps and gowns may be ordered online. There is no charge for the basic regalia set. Regalia may shipped to your home, picked up at the annual Grad Fair, or picked up at the Jamestown Campus Bookstore before May 10, 2023. Caps and gowns will not be available at the commencement ceremony.
  • Caps Graduates will wear their caps in the academic procession and throughout the ceremony.
  • Tassels Graduates are to wear their tassels on the right front side before degrees are conferred. Graduates will reposition their tassels to the left side in unison on cue from the school's president after degrees are conferred.
  • Cords Honors cords may be worn to indicate membership in recognized campus organizations.

All graduates will report for the lineup with full graduation attire one hour prior to their commencement time is to be completed at least 30 minutes before the ceremony begins.

  • 10:00 a.m. for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Human Services and Public Safety; Aviation; and Adult Education and Basic Skills
  • 3:00 p.m. for Humanities and Social Science; Industrial, Construction, and Transportation Technologies; and Business, Creative, and Performing Arts

The formal procession will begin promptly at the published time for the commencement ceremonies. Graduates are required to remain in their designated places throughout the entire ceremony. If you are obtaining dual degrees, you may walk across the stage only once; please line up with the department with which you choose to walk.

Graduates will receive a blank credential cover when they cross the stage. Printed credentials will be mailed to the graduate's home address approximately two weeks after the commencement ceremony by Parchment Credentials.

Please verify your address information in Self-Service and submit any corrections using an online Change of Address/Telephone form to at least one week prior to the ceremony to ensure proper delivery. More information concerning credential mailing will be sent after the ceremony.

GradImages is the official GTCC graduation photographer. GradImages will take photographs of each graduate during the ceremony. Photo proofs will be sent to the graduate's home address with several options for purchase.

Contact GradImages customer service for more information:

Commencement programs are available on the morning of commencement. Programs list each graduate's name, degree, and honors.

The Coliseum does not allow balloons in the arena.

Venue and Parking Information

The Greensboro Coliseum Complex is at 1921 West Gate City Boulevard Greensboro, NC 27403.

  • Parking is free for graduates and their guests.
  • A parking pass is not required but please advise the parking staff you are attending the GTCC graduation.
  • Advise your party to arrive early enough to take advantage of free coliseum parking as indicated on the map below.



From downtown Greensboro:

  • Follow South Greene Street and Spring Garden Street to Fulton Street
  • Turn left onto Fulton Street
  • Follow West Gate City Boulevard to War Memorial Drive
  • Drive to your destination

From downtown Winston-Salem:

  • Take East 5th Street and North Martin Luther King Jr Drive to US-421 S
  • Follow US-421 S and I-40 E to Patterson Street in Greensboro. Take exit 216 from I-40 E
  • Continue on Patterson Street to your destination

From downtown Burlington:

  • Get on I-40 W/I-85 S from South Mebane Street
  • Follow I-40 W/I-85 S to West Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro. Take exit 217 from I-40 W
  • Follow West Gate City Boulevard to your destination