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Graduation from TCC

Tidewater Community College certifies graduates three times a year in May, August, and December. However, the Commencement Ceremony is held twice a year in May and December.

Note that the following information will be required in order to submit your application:

  • Your student EMPL/SIS ID (instructions for obtaining this);
  • Your TCC Student e-mail address;
  • The type of award you are seeking (i.e., A.A., A.S., A.A.A., A.A.S., Certificate, or Career Studies Certificate);
  • The title of your curriculum and any specialization, if appropriate; and,
  • The catalog year that you are using (i.e., the catalog year that you have been following to meet curriculum requirements) in fulfillment of curriculum requirements. Please note that the catalog used to determine graduation requirements is the one in effect at the time of a student's acceptance into a curriculum, or any subsequent catalog as selected by the student. However, you may not choose a catalog more than six years from the date of graduation.

Before you submit your application for graduation please be sure that you have:

  • Fulfilled all admissions requirements prior to the Graduation Application Deadline; (i.e. submitted all official transcripts: college, CLEP scores, Advanced Placement, military, etc.)
  • Completed or be registered for all coursework required for your degree. Review your Advisement Report online through your MyTCC account (click on Student Center, and click on My Advisement Report (Degree Audit) in order to run a degree audit) and/or meet with an advisor to verify that you have met or will meet your degree requirements;
  • Verified that the address in your MyTCC account is current and that your curriculum and catalog year are accurate. If necessary, update your curriculum and/or catalog year information BEFORE you apply for graduation by visiting a counselor or advisor to submit a Change in Curriculum Form;
  • Apply for graduation online through the graduation application form;
  • Complete all fields on the Graduation Application, review the information, and click Submit.

All communication regarding your graduation status will be via your MyTCC e-mail account; therefore, be sure to check it frequently for updates.

Anyone needing special accommodations should contact the Office of Educational Accessibility.

Graduation Application Deadlines

If you graduate in: Submit application by deadline:
Summer Term June 1
Fall Term October 1
Please remember to review your Advisement Report before applying for Graduation. You should also see a counselor regarding requirements for your specific program or major. Once you have applied for graduation, check your MyTCC e-mail account frequently. You will be sent e-mails regarding your graduation status throughout the graduation review process.

Diplomas are mailed to students approximately 6-8 weeks after all degrees/certificates have been certified by the Office of the College Registrar. At Commencement, students will receive a diploma cover with a message from the College. If your graduation date is:

December: Your diploma will be mailed in March
May: Your diploma will be mailed in July
August: Your diploma will be mailed in October

Many of your answers may be found in our Frequently Asked Questions page. Please e-mail graduate@tcc.edu if you need more information.