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Graduation and Commencement

Please be aware: Kirtland has new colors!  This means that graduates can not borrow former graduates hoods or tassels from years past!

Regalia & tickets will be available to pick-up starting the week of April 13th from the Bookstore.

If you are walking in the 2015 ceremony, information has been sent to your KMail! It contains everything you wanted to know about the ceremony.  Please make sure you read it!

If a guest can’t make it to the ceremony, have them visit us on our home page to watch a live stream of the 2015 commencement ceremony on May 1st.  The ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m.

Congratulations Graduates!

2014 CommencementYou will find valuable information in this guide and steps you must follow as you get ready for graduation and Commencement.

This is a very special time for you and your family. Please be sure to let everyone know the important details and share the Commencement web page and guide with them.

If you have any additional questions regarding graduation or Commencement that are not addressed on the website or in this guide, contact Jo Ann Gave in the Student Services Office.  You can reach her at (989)275-5000, ext. 289, or by email at

Do you know the difference between graduation and commencement?

2014 CommencementGraduation is the actual awarding of a degree or certificate.  They are awarded each semester (Fall, Winter and Summer).  The graduation and diploma dates are always the last day of the graduating semester.

Commencement is the ceremony honoring those receiving degrees and certificates.  Kirtland Community College has only one Commencement held on the last Friday of the Winter semester. The ceremony will last approximately two hours.

Commencement will be held Friday, May 1, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kirtland Auditorium.

The Process

2014 CommencementThe process of preparation for graduation and commencement can be confusing. Visit our Steps to Graduate page for a detailed step-by-step guide.

You may also download the graduation and commencement guide.

Will I be able to keep my KMail after graduating?

Yes, you will continue to have access to your account as long as Kirtland continues to use Google as their email server.

Commencement Day Detailed Schedule of Events

10 a.m. – noonStudent Leader Brunch sponsored by Student Senate recognizing students who have shown leadership skills on campus or in their community. Invite only.Student Center
5 p.m.Graduates  pick up name/degree cardsCTC Building hallway – by auto department
5:15 – 6 p.m.Dress in student dressing roomRoom 110B
6 p.m.Graduates line upHallway outside dressing room
6:25 p.m.Processional beginsHallway outside dressing rooms
6:30 p.m.Commencement beginsAuditorium
8:30 p.m.Ceremony ends. Everyone is invited to the Afterglow.Student Center


You may contact Jo Ann Gave at (989) 275-5000, ext. 289 with any further questions or concerns.