Pre-College Studies

GED Graduation Information

Congratulations on achieving your GED! The faculty and staff of Rowan-Cabarrus celebrate your success. Our graduation ceremony is an event of significance and is accomplished with considerable planning to assure a memorable occasion of which you can be proud.

Please let us know of your intention to participate in the ceremony by calling 704-216-3510. Your GED diploma and official transcript will have been mailed to you from the North Carolina Community College System office in Raleigh, NC. The Rowan-Cabarrus diploma cover will be given to you at the graduation ceremony.

Graduation is Friday, May 12, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (students arrive by 2:30 p.m.) at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center located off Highway 49 in Concord, NC. For directions please visit the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center website.

Cap, Gown, and Tickets Pick-up at the Graduation Fair

Each graduate who plans to attend the ceremony must purchase a Royal Blue gown and cap with a current tassel. Be sure to tell the cashier that you are a GED graduate. The cost for GED graduates is $10.00. You will receive your cap, gown, tassel, and 8 tickets in the Student Center outside the bookstore during the following dates and times:

Graduation Fair

Plan to spend at least 30 minutes at this event.

  • North Campus – Wednesday, May, 13, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.
  • South Campus – Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.

Also during this time, you will:

  • complete a graduation survey
  • verify the pronunciation of your name
  • pick-up directions to the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
  • get portraits taken

Graduation Ceremony Day

Handbags and other personal items should be left with your guests or family members. Rowan-Cabarrus will not be responsible for items left in Event Center A or in the Arena.


  • 1 p.m. – Graduation pictures
    Grad Images will take cap & gown portraits from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Event Center A prior to the graduation ceremony. For more information, contact
  • 2 p.m. – Line up
    Please be in Event Center A and ready to line up NO LATER THAN 3:00 p.m. to receive instructions. If you are late, you may not be able to participate in the ceremony. Locate the sign with GED on it and line up behind that sign.
  • 4 p.m. – Ceremony Begins