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How do I know if I am ready to graduate? Who should I see?
You must first preregister for your final semester so that your program evaluation includes all the courses you plan to take.
Then, make an appointment with your Academic Advisor to review your program evaluation and any waivers you might need. Do this 1-2 semesters before you believe you are eligible so that if you need a class, you will be able to register for it.
All students should apply for graduation online through WebAdvisor. Go to Academic Planning, then Application for Graduation. Please note there is a $60 non-refundable fee for graduation.
The Ceremony is only in May. Anyone graduating in December is invited to return the following May to walk in the Ceremony.
- Apply for May: If you apply between Jan. 1 to the first Monday in April you are guaranteed to have your name in the program. If you apply between the first Tuesday in April to the actual date of graduation, you are not guaranteed to have your name in the program. However, you may still walk in the ceremony and your name will be called on stage.
- Apply for August: June 1 to date of graduation. If you applied for May graduation and are approved by the Dean to complete summer courses, you do not need to apply.
- Apply for December: September 1 to date of graduation.
All graduation applicants for May 2015 graduation must have an application completed on WebAdvisor by Apr. 1, 2015.
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 2 p.m.
The Santander Arena – 700 Penn St., Reading, PA
- GRADUATES MUST ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 1 p.m. Please follow instructions upon your arrival. There will be ambassadors available to direct you.
- Guests will be allowed to enter The Santander Arena beginning at 1 p.m.
- The Santander Arena does not allow any types of balloons to be brought in for the ceremony.
- Commencement is a special event; you should dress appropriately for the occasion (jeans, shorts, sneakers are not considered appropriate attire).
The commencement ceremony will be broadcasted live on the college website at www.racc.edu . Please note: In case of technical difficulties the broadcast will run “on demand” a few days later.
Tickets are NOT necessary for the graduation ceremony at The Santander Arena for you or your guests. The doors will open to the public beginning at 1 p.m. You are welcome to invite as many guests as you like.
Caps and Gowns
Caps and Gowns must be ordered on the following website: www.herffjones.com/college/racc. This site will open for ordering beginning February 1 and CLOSE ON MARCH 11. If you miss the deadline for ordering cap and gowns, please plan to attend the Graduation Fair in the Bookstore. Extra caps and gowns will be available and they will do their best to accommodate all sizes. Please come early because it will be on a first-come basis.
Please pick up your cap and gown at the Graduation Fair (see below) to be held in the RACC Bookstore in the lobby of Berks Hall, on either Monday, April 20 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Tuesday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your cap and gown at the Graduation Fair, you may also pick it up after the fair in the bookstore at the following times: Monday thru Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students are encouraged to pick up caps and gowns by May 1 to ensure proper fit and presentation (i.e. hang to remove wrinkles).
The Student Government Association has purchased a Gratitude Stole for each graduate and they will be distributed with your cap and gown. In addition to making the graduation attire more attractive, these stoles may be used as gifts of gratitude for someone who has made a difference in your time at RACC and helped you achieve graduation. You may write a personal note on it with a Sharpie and AFTER the ceremony, present it to the person you choose. Or, you may keep it yourself as a graduation memento. Please remember to wear it for the graduation ceremony, and do not give it away until after the ceremony. Additional stoles may be purchased through the bookstore for $18.75.
Monday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
RACC Bookstore in Berks Hall
- Cap/Gown/Tassel and Gratitude Stole Pick up
- A vendor will be there to sell a variety of graduation items (optional announcements, frames, etc.)
- Honor Cord Distribution
Graduation Honors/Honor Cords
The College recognizes an Academic Honors Group at graduation. The Academic Honors List includes the names of graduates who have earned 30 hours or more of their coursework at Reading Area Community College and earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better. Pre-college level developmental classes will be excluded from calculation of the official graduation GPA and from consideration of graduation honors. Honor students will be recognized as follows:
- Cum Laude 3.50-3.74 cumulative grade point average
- Magna Cum Laude 3.75-3.94 cumulative grade point average
- Summa Cum Laude 3.95-4.00 cumulative grade point average
These cords will be distributed at the Graduation Fair on April 20 and April 21 during cap and gown pick-up in the RACC Bookstore, or see Judy Rubright in Berks Hall Room 127 any weekday after the Graduation Fair during the following times: Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. or between 1-3:30 p.m. You may also contact Judy at 610-372-4721, ext. 5062 or email email@example.com arrange for an alternate time.
Information and ordering forms regarding videotaping for commencement are available. Please print the order form, complete the required information and make payment at the Cashier’s Office in Berks Hall Room 107. Checks are payable to Reading Area Community College.
Transportation and Parking
Parking is limited. All graduates should park on the RACC Campus and use the shuttle service provided by the college. The first student shuttle will leave the front entrance of Berks Hall at 12:15 p.m. Students are expected to be at The Santander Arena by 1 p.m. Shuttle service back to campus begins at 3:30 p.m., with the last one departing at 4:45 p.m. If you prefer to park on campus and walk to The Santander Arena, please make sure you allow enough time to arrive no later than 1 p.m. The shuttle service is for students and staff only.
There will be parking available in the following lots for $2 per vehicle:
- Double Tree Convention Center Parking Garage: (located directly across from The Santander Arena)
- 4th and Cherry St. Garage
- South Penn Garage (located behind The Santander Arena)
- BARTA Park and Transit
Please do not use Penn Court, Reed and Court or Poplar and Walnut garages. Free parking will be available on the RACC campus in the Front and Washington garage for guests who prefer to walk a few short blocks to The Santander Arena.
A reception with light refreshments will be held for graduates and their guest to honor the class of 2015 immediately following the ceremony.
If you need accommodations due to a disability, notify Judy Rubright in Berks Hall Room 127 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interpreters for hearing impaired individual(s) will be present during the graduation ceremony.
Phi Theta Kappa Members
Please contact Dr. Donna Singleton at extension 5096 or Y110 if you wish to purchase the gold stole and tassel for the graduation ceremony.
Honor Program Students
Students who complete 15 honors credits with an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher in all honors courses may apply for an Honors Certificate and Honors Diploma. Please visit our Honors website for an application form. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Donna Singleton at email@example.com.
If you are not able to attend commencement, please request to be excused from the ceremony by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the event you will be leaving the area following graduation, please email Holly Kline at email@example.com and include the new address. All debts to the College must be paid before diplomas will be released. Diplomas will be mailed approximately eight weeks after the graduation ceremony.
If you have questions about the May ceremony or concerns about any of the above information, please contact Judy Rubright, Berks Hall Room 127 at 610-372-4721, ext. 5062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since Commencement occurs immediately following the end of the semester, the College is unable to issue your diploma until final grades have been submitted and your transcript evaluated and certified by the Registrar. Your diploma will be sent first class by U.S. mail. The diploma will include an honor seal determined at the end of the semester in which you completed your final requirements. If you are in Phi Theta Kappa, that seal will also appear on your diploma. If you are in the Honors Program, you will receive an Honors Program diploma. In addition to your diploma, a complimentary copy of your transcript will be mailed to you for review. You can expect your diploma to arrive based on the schedule below.
- May graduate package mailed by August 15
- August graduate package mailed by October 15
- December graduate package mailed by February 15
If you did not attend the ceremony, you will receive a red diploma case and any cords that you earned; determined at the end of the semester in which you completed your final requirements. December graduates (other than LPN), who would like to attend the ceremony in May, please check the website for important information regarding instructions for participation.
May and August Graduates
If you did not attend the May ceremony, you will receive a red diploma case.
Balance on Account
All debts to the College must be paid before diplomas will be released. Call the Cashier’s office at 610-607-6235 to resolve any outstanding balances. At that point, the Cashier will notify the Records Manager to release your diploma.
In the event you will be leaving the area following graduation, please email Holly Kline at email@example.com. Include your ID number, the address to which you wish your diploma to be mailed, and a contact phone number.
Evaluating the large number of students for graduation may take several weeks after you complete your last class/requirement for the degree. If you do not receive your diploma by Feb. 15 (December graduates), Aug. 1 (May graduates) or Sept. 30 (August graduates), email Holly Kline immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and ID number.
Ordering a Transcipt with Degree
Option 1: Complete the blue form in the Records office in Berks Hall Room 107 and check the box marked ‘Hold for Degree Earned statement.’ These requests will be filled first. You will be called to come pick it up. $3 fee.
Option 2: Complete the request online, make sure you check the box to Hold for Graduation. You will need your RACC ID number to create an account. These requests will also be filled first. These will be mailed/emailed per your request. $6+ fee.