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Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Ceremony

Graduating students

2017 Commencement Videos

May 5, 2017 – Allied Health Sciences

May 5, 2017 – Nursing

May 6, 2017 – AA/AS/AAS and Middle College

Schedule 2018

Directions to Roane County Campus

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 2 pm

Roane State Community College Gym
Student Check-in and Rehearsal at 12:30 pm in the Student Lounge

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7 pm

Roane State Community College Gym
Student Check-in and Rehearsal at 5:30 pm in the Student Lounge

Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10 am

Roane State Community College Gym
Student Check-in and Rehearsal at 8:30 am in the Student Lounge



If you plan to participate in the ceremony, you must notify the graduation analyst by returning the Graduation Participation Form by the first Friday in April. Students are not required to participate; however, it is encouraged. We will assume you do not plan to participate if we do not receive your form. The rehearsal will occur just prior to the ceremony. Graduates should come dressed and ready for the ceremony. We do not have storage facilities for purses, keys, or other personal belongings.

Following the rehearsal we will provide light refreshments for the graduates. We suggest that you do not leave campus between the rehearsal and the ceremony.

Students with outstanding financial obligations to the college (parking tickets, fees owed, overdue library books, etc) will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. Please be sure that you have taken care of your college business.

Caps and Gowns/ Invitations

Caps and gowns will be available at the Roane County and Oak Ridge Bookstores beginning TBA. There is no additional charge for the cap and gown and they are yours to keep. There is no need to be measured for the gown in advance unless you are above or below average height and weight. If you are in doubt, please contact either bookstore for additional information as soon as possible for special orders.

For those of who have achieved academic honors (3.5 GPA or higher) you may purchase a gold honors tassel at the bookstore for an additional $8. The bookstore has a listing of students eligible for the gold honors tassel. Gold honors tassels may only be purchased at the Roane County Bookstore. Invitations are available for purchase now through the Roane County and Oak Ridge Bookstores.

Recommended Attire

You are expected to dress professionally and comfortably. The graduation committee has the right to exclude a student from participating should they come dressed inappropriately. It is best to take your gown out of the plastic bag and hang up before wearing on the appropriate day!

Family, Friends and Guests

All family, friends, and guests will be allowed to enter the athletic complex one hour before the ceremony begins.

Pictures / Photographer

Grad Images is the official photographer for graduation. Your picture will be taken after you walk off the stage as well as special photos with friends prior to the ceremony. Soon after the ceremony, you can go online to find your picture to order.


If you have a disability that may require assistance during the ceremony, please contact the Disability Services Office at (865) 481-2003 immediately so accommodations can be made. If you or a guest needs a sign language interpreter, please contact the Disability Services office at (865) 481-2003 no later than April 6, 2018 so that arrangements may be made. Please note that only a very limited amount of disability seating for disabled guests/family members is available in the Mezzanine Area of the Gym on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional seating for disabled guests is provided in nearby overflow rooms with the ceremony streamed for live viewing. See signage when you enter the Gym.

Ceremony Videos

The commencement ceremony will be videotaped utilizing several cameras around the arena; all of the highlights of the ceremony will be captured. Orders will be taken at rehearsal and in the arena lobby before, during, and after the ceremony.


Please see the main Graduation page for more about picking up your diploma.

Special Note

Participation in the commencement ceremony does not mean you have graduated from Roane State! Final grades and final evaluations need to be completed prior to the granting of the degree/certificate. All course substitutions, final grades, exit exam (if applicable) and other college obligations must be completed by the end of your graduating term or the posting of your degree will be extended to future terms.

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