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Graduation Information

2020 Commencement

ECC’s 2020 commencement ceremony previously scheduled for Friday, May 8, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please watch the website and College email for more information and the rescheduled date.

The ceremony includes December 2019 graduates, as well as those who will complete their graduation requirements this May or during the summer of 2020. There is no cost to participate.

Graduation Regalia

Candidates for graduation may pick up regalia (includes cap, tassel and gown) on April 13 and 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Gentle Student Center. There is no cost for apparel. For the ceremony, please wear shoes and clothing appropriate for the occasion.

Students with a career total grade point average of 3.500 or higher who attend the ceremony will be given an honor cord when checking in prior to the ceremony.

May 8 instructions for graduates

There will not be an actual “rehearsal” before commencement. Graduates will check in the Dale Howard Family Activity Center Gymnasium before 1:30 pm and be given instructions for the procession. Please arrive early if you need to pick up honors cords. A staff member will assist you during the lineup process. Students arriving late may not be allowed to participate.

Designated staff will lead graduates into the Martin Ellsworth Dittmer Gymnasium promptly at 2:00 p.m. and direct them to the appropriate seats. Students should continue to stand after the processional music stops. Men should remove their mortarboards (graduation caps) and keep them off during the National Anthem.

During the processional and ceremony, tassels should be worn on the right side of the mortarboard. You will be directed to stand to confer the degrees. 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 called before crossing the stage. Following awarding of degrees and diplomas, students will be directed to move their tassels to the left side.

Event seating

Seats are available on a first-come, first served basis. There is no reserved seating for families and guests. Guests are encouraged to enter the Martin Ellsworth Dittmer Gymnasium through the east entrance on River Street.

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.


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


Barb Klein

Barb Klein

Barb has been a lifelong learner, earning her associate’s degree at Iowa Lakes Community College, bachelor’s degree in Business Administ...

Barb has been a lifelong learner, earning her associate’s degree at Iowa Lakes Community College, bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Buena Vista University, and master’s and PhD in Educational Leadership at Iowa State University (go Cyclones!). She is active in her community, where she serves on the Chamber/Main Street board and various committees, even...

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