Graduation Ceremony Information

Congratulations on reaching this point in your education! We are happy that you chose to be a student at Pearl River Community College and that you are nearing completion of requirements for graduation. This letter is being sent to all graduates who indicated a wish to participate in the actual graduation ceremony. If for any reason you have decided not to participate in the ceremony, please contact the graduation office at graduation@prcc.edu.

If you have not ordered your cap and gown, the priority deadline for doing so is April 1st, 2023. The deadline for placing a last-minute order is April 8th, 2023 and the price will include additional charges for express processing and shipping. The deadline will not be extended past April 8th, 2023. The website to begin your order is https://prcc.edu/steps-to-graduate/. Item number four on that page will take you to the order form. The cap and gowns are yours to keep after the graduation ceremony. Each graduate MUST place a cap and gown order, using the link above, in order to participate in the ceremony. Borrowing caps and gowns from previous graduates or using your own from a previous ceremony is not permitted due to changes in vendors, colors, and designs.

Important Details Regarding the Day of the Graduation Ceremonies

Ceremonies

Two graduation ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 5th, 2023.

  • The first ceremony will begin at 9:30a.m. and will include graduates of a career or technical program, including our allied health programs.
  • The second ceremony will begin at 2:30p.m. and will include graduates earning Associate in Arts degrees.

If you have any doubt about which ceremony you should attend, email graduation@prcc.edu.

The ceremonies will be held at the Dobie Holden Stadium (football stadium), located at 101 Hwy 11 North in Poplarville, MS 39470. This is an outdoor venue. Ceremonies will be live-streamed and available at PRCC.edu at the time of each ceremony.

Guests

We do not anticipate limiting guests, nor do we anticipate issuing tickets. If state or CDC recommendations change in responding to COVID and require limiting guests, graduates will be notified immediately. At this time, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. All guests will sit on the home side of the stadium. If additional seating is needed, guests will be directed to sit on the visitor side of the stadium. Viewing of the ceremony is better on the home side so we encourage guests to arrive early.

Dress

Graduates must arrive with their cap and gown, ordered from the link provided above. Extras are not available at the ceremony and the cap and gown must be worn to participate in the ceremony.

We recommend that graduates dress thoughtfully, as it will likely be a warm day. Outfits under the cap and gown should follow the PRCC dress code. Graduates will be walking on dirt, grass, and turf, so choose shoes accordingly.

Assembly and Line-up

  • 9:30a.m. Ceremony – Graduates should arrive no earlier than 8:00a.m. and should check-in no later than 8:45a.m. (Graduates must be on time.)
  • 2:30p.m. Ceremony – Graduates should arrive no earlier than 1:00p.m. and should check-in no later than 1:45p.m. (Graduates must be on time.)

Graduate check-in will be located at the stadium ticket booth.

Honors Cords and Stoles

Students participating in the ceremony and who qualify for honors recognition will be provided, at no charge, cords or stoles at graduation check-in. Students with a degree GPA of 3.40 – 3.79 will receive honors recognition and will be provided with a double honors cord. Students with a degree GPA of 3.80 – 4.00 will receive special honors recognition and will be provided with a special honors stole. The graduation office cannot tell graduates what honors recognition they will be receiving in advance of the ceremony.

Pictures

During the ceremony, a picture will be taken of each graduate. On the day of graduation, graduates will complete a card with their contact information. This card will be used to call their name at the ceremony and to identify them to the photographer. Approximately five days after the ceremony, graduates will receive a notification regarding purchasing pictures online.

During the Ceremony

There will be no ceremony practice. Faculty and staff will be in strategic locations directing graduates when to sit/stand.

Awarding of Diplomas

Graduates will shake hands with Dr. Adam Breerwood, college president, and pose with him for a picture and recognition during the ceremony. Graduates will be emailed information about diplomas as each graduate’s final grades are posted.

Regalia

Only the regalia mentioned in this section will be allowed to be displayed at the graduation ceremony. No other items can be worn on the cap or gown to identify association in clubs, organizations, or activities. Regalia from high schools, including stoles issued by the high school, are NOT permitted at this ceremony.

  • Honors cords and stoles issued by PRCC at graduation check-in (see Honors Cords and Stoles section of this letter).
  • Honors Institute – Medallions issued by PRCC’s Honors Institute may be worn.
  • National Technical Honors Society (NTHS) – If you are a member of NTHS, you may wear the purple and silver honors cords. You are NOT permitted to wear any other NTHS regalia. NTHS regalia may be purchased directly from the NTHS website at https://nths.org/product/honor-cords/. If you have questions, consult your NTHS advisor.
  • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) – If you are a member of Phi Theta Kappa, you may wear the Honors Stole and Gold Tassel. You are NOT permitted to wear the Double Honor Cord, the Key Medallion, or any other available regalia. PTK regalia may be purchased directly from the Recognitions Store at www.ptk.org. If you have questions, consult your PTK advisor.

Graduates may decorate their caps; however, decorations must be appropriate. No political, derogatory, or expletive decorations will be allowed. The cap cannot be replaced by other headwear (baseball cap, cowboy hat, etc.). Individuals unable to comply will be directed to leave the ceremony.

Weather

Weather conditions will be closely monitored by PRCC personnel. In the event of a weather system that may impact the ceremony, PRCC will post up-to-date information on social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Again, congratulations and good luck in all your future endeavors.