Graduation Information

2017 Commencement

ECC’s 2017 commencement ceremony is Friday, May 5, at 2 pm at the Martin Dittmer Gymnasium; the ceremony includes December graduates, as well as those who will complete their graduation requirements this May or during the summer of 2017. There is no cost to participate, and all qualified graduates are encouraged to participate.

Graduation Regalia

Candidates for graduation may pick up caps and gowns May 5 beginning at 1 pm at the southwest corner of the Dale Howard Family Activity Center gym.

Please wear appropriate attire under your gown. Shoes and clothing should be appropriate for the occasion. Please do not wear flip-flops.

May 5 instructions for graduates

There will not be an actual “practice” before graduation. At 1:30 pm all students will line up in alphabetical order by last name in the Dale Howard gym and be given instructions for procession. A staff member will assist you during the line up process. Students arriving late may not be allowed to process.

Designated staff will lead graduates into the Dittmer Gym and direct them to the appropriate seats. Students should continue to stand after the processional music stops. Men should remove their caps and keep them off during the address to the graduates, putting them back on before the scholastic awards.

During the processional and ceremony, tassels should be worn on the right side of the mortarboard. After the appropriate remarks, graduates will be directed to the right side of the stage, where each graduate will hand his or her name card to the reader and wait for his/her name to be read before crossing the stage. At the appropriate time, the entire group will be directed to move the tassels to the left side.

Please do not throw caps into the air. Gowns must be returned to Cooper’s Cap & Gown employees in the DHFAC Gym immediately following the ceremony; the cap and tassel are yours to keep. Students are financially responsible for gowns that are not returned.

Event seating

There is no reserved seating for families and guests, who should enter the Dittmer Gym from the east doors off of River Street. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reception in Dale Howard Family Activity Center

A reception for all graduates, their families and friends will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Dale Howard Family Activity Center Cafe.

Graduation Photos

Individual photographs of each graduate will be taken by Lifetouch Photography as candidates cross the stage; a free color proof and order form will be mailed to your home without charge or obligation.

The College Marketing Office staff will also be taking photos before, during and after the ceremony for use in College publications and advertising, and on our website. If you don’t want to be photographed, just let our photographer know.


If you have any questions, please call Registrar Barb Klein.