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Graduation Ceremony

Graduation Ceremony

Graduating students

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Schedule 2020

Directions to Roane County Campus

Please note that visitors are advised to arrive early. When the gymnasium reaches capacity, due to safety requirements, additional visitors will be directed to overflow rooms where they can watch live broadcasts of the ceremonies. Overflow rooms will be located in the Dunbar Building.

In addition, the ceremonies will also be broadcast in the O’Brien Theatre.

Friday, May 8, 2020 at 2 pm

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

Friday, May 8, 2020 at 7 pm

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

Saturday, May 9, 2020 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 Monday, April 27, 2020. 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.

Harriman and Oak Ridge Bookstore Phone Numbers

Harriman and Oak Ridge Bookstore Hours

Attire for Commencement

You are expected to dress professionally and comfortably. Academic regalia including cap and gown with approved stoles, sashes, and cords are required for the ceremony. Caps may be decorated within reason as long as the decoration does not detract from the event. 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. Additional seating will be available in O’Brien Theatre located at the east side of the campus where the ceremony will be live-streamed. 

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, 2020 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.


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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