Graduation FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions  

When is graduation?

Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. We ask that all graduates arrive at 3:00 p.m. and report to the McCann Ice Arena. 

Where is the graduation ceremony?

This year’s graduation will be held at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center.

How long is the ceremony?

The graduation ceremony begins promptly at 4:00 p.m. and usually lasts approximately 2- 2 1/2 hours. Please note that during the procession, guests will not be able to enter the venue until the procession is complete. Please be on time.

Do I have to stay for the whole ceremony?

Yes. After receiving your diploma jacket from the President of the College, you will be directed back to your seat. 

When do I pick up my cap and gown?

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14, 15 and 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the DCC Bookstore. This is the only time caps and gowns will be available for pickup.

Do I have to return my cap and gown?

No. They are yours to keep.

What is an honor stole?

If you have an overall grade point average of 3.2 or higher you may purchase an honor stole for $18.00 when you pick up your cap and gown. If you are eligible, please ask about purchasing an honor stole when you pick up your cap and gown..

How many guests can I bring?

Each graduate will be given 4 admission tickets for their guests. No exceptions. Tickets must be presented to gain entry to the venue. No one will be admitted without a ticket. This includes small children: tickets are per person, not per seat.  Please note:  The ceremony begins promptly at 4:00 p.m., during the procession, guests will not be able to enter the venue until the procession is complete. Students will receive their tickets when they pick up their cap and gown.

What if I have more than 4 guests?

The graduation ceremony will be streaming live at http://original.livestream.com/dutchesscc 

What is the Line of March?

This card will be given to you when you pick up your cap and gown. You must bring this card with you to graduation; it will be used to announce your name during the ceremony. You will give the card to the announcer as you go on stage. After your name is announced, proceed across the stage to shake hands with Dr. Edington and receive your diploma jacket. You will then continue across the stage, descend the stairs (opposite the stairs you came up) and return to your original seat. Staying for the entire ceremony is required. If your name is often mispronounced, please write it phonetically above your name on your Line of March card. They keep the card and give them all to the photographer after the ceremony. Please complete the email and mailing address on the back of the card to ensure you receive a copy of the picture proof from the photographer.

Is there a rehearsal?

No. The processional is quite simple. Graduates will be directed to their seats by the student marshals. Graduates should fill the seats row by row leaving no empty seats between them. Please remain standing until you are asked to take your seat.

When do I receive my diploma?

Your actual degree or certificate will be mailed to you several weeks after the ceremony.

What do the different colored tassels mean?

The colored tassels are indicative of the academic area in which you are graduating. A.A. – white, A.A.S. – yellow, and A.S. – gold, and Certificate programs – blue. This tassel is also a keepsake of the ceremony. They should be worn on the right side of the cap.

Will there be a photographer?

GradImages will be at the ceremony taking a candid photograph of you at your special moment of recognition. You will be able to access a free proof of this photo at www.gradimages.com. Since professional photographs will be available, family members and guests are encouraged to remain in their seats, relax and enjoy the ceremony.

What should I wear?

As your gown will be covering your attire, there is no formal dress code.

Where do I park?

Parking is available in any of the City of Poughkeepsie Municipal lots and metered parking. Please check signage for parking terms and fees. Handicap parking and access is available in the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel parking garage with a handicap parking pass. The handicap parking pass will be available in Student Activities Dutchess Hall Room 201. We encourage students to arrive early as parking may take time. Graduation begins promptly at 4:00 p.m. Do not be late. 

Do you have more questions? Please call (845) 431-8050.