Before the Ceremony
CAP & GOWN PICK-UP:
Your cap and gown will be available for pick up beginning Monday, April 27, 2015 and will continue through Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the PTC Bookstore located in the Campus Center Building in North Little Rock. Your cap, gown and a set of 10 invitations are provided to you at no charge. Please bring a photo ID such as your Student Identification card or Driver’s License when you come to pick up your cap and gown. Pick up dates and times are as follows:
2015 CAP/GOWN PICK UP AT NORTH LITTLE ROCK CAMPUS BOOKSTORE:
Monday, April 27 – Tuesday, April 28, 2015: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 29 – Friday, May 1, 2015: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, May 4 – Tuesday, May 5, 2015: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6 – Friday, May 8, 2015: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 9, 2015: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday, May 11 – Tuesday, May 12, 2015: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
LAST PICK UP DATE – Wednesday, May 13, 2015: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
CAP & GOWN CARE: The gown should be removed from the package in advance and placed on a hanger so wrinkles will shake out. If necessary, the gown may be pressed carefully with an iron on the lowest setting.
HOW TO DRESS: The style of dress to be worn with the cap and gown is dressy for the ladies and slacks and light colored dress shirt with a collar for men. Dark colored dress shoes should be worn. NO shorts, t-shirts, tennis shoes or jeans.
CAP & GOWN CARE: The gown should be removed from the package in advance and placed on a hanger so wrinkles will shake out. If necessary, the gown may be pressed carefully with an iron on the lowest setting. DO NOT EMBELLISH CAPS OR GOWNS with decorations, writings, or other items other than the honors cord (if applicable), the Phi Theta Kappa stole (if applicable), or the stole of gratitude. Students wearing decorated caps and gowns will be asked to change into appropriate regalia before being allowed to walk out with the graduating class.
HOW TO DRESS: The style of dress to be worn with the cap and gown is dressy. Dress slacks, dress shirts, skirts, dresses, etc. are appropriate along with dark colored dress shoes. For your safety, stilettos and high heels are discouraged. NO shorts, t-shirts, tennis shoes or jeans.
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS: You may have your pictures taken with your cap and gown according to the schedule below. Package prices range from $25.00 to $50.00. More information on packages is included in this mail out OR contact Jorden Davie Photography by calling 501-372-3878:
Pulaski Technical College Main Campus
3000 W. Scenic Drive, North Little Rock
Campus Center Building first floor, Advising & Counseling Office
Tuesday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pulaski Technical College South Location
Student Services Office
13000 I-30, Little Rock
Tuesday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NAME PRONUNCIATIONS: If your name is one that is frequently mispronounced or you anticipate the announcer will have difficulty pronouncing your name, please call Monica Jones at (501) 812-2762 to provide the correct pronunciation.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Disability Services Office at 501-812-2738 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make your accommodation request by Friday, May 8. We may not be able to provide accommodation request after this date.
PHI THETA KAPPA (PTK): If you are a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, you are allowed to wear an extra stole and replace your tassel with the PTK tassel. Please be aware that the College does NOT provide these items to you. PTK stoles and tassels must be purchased from the organization. Please contact the Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Michelle Verser for more details. Her contact information is email@example.com or (501) 812-2249.
ARRIVAL: Graduates are asked to arrive between 8:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to allow plenty of time to park and move into the arena. Graduates who arrive after 9:50 a.m. will not be allowed to walk in the ceremony. Make sure you have the following:
- Honors cords*
- Stoles of Gratitude will be given to graduates at check-in
* For the purposes of the commencement exercises and the printed program, honors and highest honors are calculated based on the cumulative GPA for the last semester completed. This means that for a student graduating in May, semester grades from the current spring semester are not included in the cumulative GPA. To receive the honors classification, the cumulative GPA must be between 3.5 and 3.99; to receive the highest honors classification, the cumulative GPA must be 4.00.
Be certain to make a plan with your guests about where to meet outside of Verizon Arena after the ceremony. Verizon Arena policy does NOT allow for re-entry into the arena after exiting at the conclusion of the ceremony. Also, children are not allowed in the graduate area and must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
PERSONAL ITEMS: Do not bring any personal items inside the arena. There is no secure place for you to leave personal belongings within the arena. NO cell phones or purses on the arena floor. Give them to your family or guest or lock them in the trunk of your car.
CHECK-IN: Come to the Box Office entrance of Verizon Arena on E. Washington St. When you arrive you will be directed to check-in. You will be given a name card - hold on to this card! You must hand it to the announcer before you cross the stage so that he or she can call out your name. You will then be directed to the staging area to line up. Do not leave the check-in area after you have signed in. Once a graduate has checked-in, they are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.
LINE UP: You will be lined up in two columns according to the highest level degree you are being awarded and in alphabetical order. The floor directors will lead you onto the arena floor. Please remember to move quickly to your chair and stand directly in front of it so those who are directing can move everyone in without delay. Please remain standing until after the National Anthem and you are asked to be seated.
CEREMONY: Floor directors will guide your row to the stage when it is your turn to receive your diploma cover. You will walk up the ramp, hand your name card to the announcer at the first podium, walk across the stage to receive your diploma cover and shake hands. Proceed down the ramp and back to your seat. All graduates are expected to remain for the entire ceremony.
RECESSIONAL: When it is time to leave the ceremony, everyone on the stage will leave first. Floor directors will let students know when to leave. Students will proceed out of the same tunnel they entered to check-in. Please plan to meet your guests outside the arena. Verizon Arena policy does NOT allow for re-entry into the arena after exiting at the conclusion of the ceremony.
After the Ceremony
STOLE OF GRATITUDE: At check-in, each graduate will be given a stole of gratitude to wear during the ceremony. After the ceremony, there will be pens available for graduates to sign their stoles so they may be presented to an individual that provided support during the student’s education.
DIPLOMAS: Graduate’s diplomas will be mailed to the address on file 6 – 8 weeks after the ceremony.
- Please update you address with Admissions and Records so your diploma will not be delayed.
- If you owe a balance to the Business Office your diploma cannot be released.
- Students who do not complete all of the course requirements by August 2015 will need to reapply for graduation. Attending the ceremony does not complete the requirements for graduation.