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Commencement Ceremony - April 26, 2014

JC's Annual Graduation Ceremony

Jackson College will hold a commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Sheffer Music Hall (Potter Center, second floor). Graduates should arrive at 12:30 p.m. for a brief rehearsal. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.

All students who have completed a graduation application for Fall Semester 2013, Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 will be invited to participate in the commencement ceremony. Candidates that have submitted a graduation application no later than March 31, 2014, will have their names listed in the commencement program. If this deadline was missed, a student who still wishes to attend the commencement ceremony can submit an application by April 11, 2014. Students that have applied for graduation will be mailed a packet of information regarding cap and gowns, tickets and other general information regarding the commencement ceremony in early April.

Those students submitting graduation applications for concentrations and skill sets will be invited by the Academic Dean’s Office to the Student Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Graduation Deadlines

  • March 1, 2014 - due date to apply for Winter 2014 graduation for degrees of all levels.
  • March 31, 2014 - special due date for Spring 2014 commencement ceremony participants to be included in the April 27, 2013 commencement program.
  • April 11, 2014 - Last day to submit an application for an associate degree or certificate to be able to participate in the commencement ceremony.
  • April 26, 2014 - Commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Sheffer Music Hall (Potter Center, second floor).
  • June 1, 2014 – due date to apply for Spring 2014 graduation for degrees of all levels.
  • October 1, 2014 – due date to apply for Fall 2014 graduation for degrees of all levels.

Please note, Certificates and Degrees (Diplomas) will be mailed to graduates approximately 4 weeks following the conclusion of the semester.

Cap & Gown

Your cap and gowns are available for purchase, now thru April 26, 2014, (if you have applied for graduation with the Student Services office) at the JC bookstore. The cost is $36.00 plus tax. Please contact the bookstore for current hours at 517.796.8440. You must have a cap and gown to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Commencement tickets must be presented to purchase cap & gowns at the bookstore to ensure you have the appropriate graduation application and information on file.

Honor Cords

Students that have earned honors will be given complimentary honor cords at check in on the day of the Commencement Ceremony. If you are unable to participate in the ceremony but have earned the GPA represented by an honor cord, you may purchase the cord for $10.00 by contacting the Registrar at 517-796-8584. The eligibility and honor status will be based on your cumulative GPA as of the end of the Fall 2013 as follows:

Cumulative GPA: 3.0 to 3.49 = Recognition White Honor Cords
3.5 to 3.79 = Honors Silver Honor Cords
3.8 to 4.0 = High Honors Gold Honor Cords

The final cumulative GPA for the Fall graduates will be reflected on your transcript and diploma. All credits earned are used to calculate cumulative GPA, not just credits that are used towards degree completion.

Phi Theta Kappa Members

If you are a member of Phi Theta Kappa and did not receive your graduation stole to wear over your regalia, then you must contact PTK faculty advisor Marta Petry at least one week prior to commencement at (or 517.796.8530).

Note: graduation stoles will not be available on the night of the ceremony.

Ticket Information:

Each graduate/candidate will receive up to 4 tickets for guests to attend the ceremony. Tickets are available for pick-up March 24 through April 25, 2014 at all student services locations – Jackson Central Campus, Jackson North Campus, JC @ LISD Tech, and the Clyde LeTarte Center in Hillsdale. These tickets are required for seating until 1:30pm, so that all graduates have an equal opportunity to have representation at the ceremony. Guests with seating tickets need to be seated by 1:30 pm (doors to the Music Hall will open at 1:00 pm). All remaining seats will be open for additional guests at 1:30 pm. Ticket holders that arrive after 1:30 will be given the same consideration to the remaining available seating as those without tickets in Sheffer Music Hall. There may be more family and friends of graduates than available seats in the Sheffer Music Hall. Additional seating will be available in the Baughman Theatre, where the ceremony can be viewed on a large projection screen.

Commencement Day

Bring your cap and gown and report to Sheffer Music Hall (Potter Center, second floor) by 12:30 p.m. on Commencement day for rehearsal. Doors open for guests with commencement tickets at 1:00 p.m. and open seating begins at 1:30 p.m. Congratulations on a milestone accomplishment! See you on April 26th.

For more information contact us at 517.796.8425.