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Graduation Ceremony Etiquette

It is our desire that your graduation ceremony reflect the honor, respect, and dignity of this important day. In keeping with these goals, we ask that you observe the following guidelines and that you are aware of Charlotte Motor Speedway regulations.

  • All participants are expected to follow Rowan-Cabarrus Community College behavior standards.
  • Graduates must wear a cap and gown.
  • No unauthorized attachments to your cap or gown are allowed.
  • Only Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Lambda and Sigma Alpha Pi (recognized honor societies) may wear appropriate stoles.
  • No alcoholic beverages, weapons, noise-making devices, glass bottles, cans, beach balls and other inflatable items.
  • Every graduate has worked hard to earn this day and we ask that guests be respectful of graduates and other guests.
  • Vehicle decorations must follow the Student Code of Conduct. The decorations must be fastened to the vehicle.  Items cannot be trailing or following the vehicle.
  • Arrive on time. Check in is 8:00 a.m., ceremony starts at 9:00 a.m.
  • All vehicles will be checked-in upon arrival. Please be patient and courteous.
  • Vehicles must remain in the outlined areas.
  • Follow all directions given by staff and law enforcement for parking and movement.
  • One graduate per car, seated in the front passenger seat.
  • Each passenger must have a seat belt.
  • All occupants must remain in their vehicle at all times.
  • Personal vehicles only.
  • Prohibited vehicles include: 10-15 passenger vans, motorcycles, limousines, RVs, buses, trailers, commercial vehicles, or any other non-personal vehicle.
  • Pickup trucks are allowed but no passengers in the bed of the truck.
  • Riding parade-style in convertibles is prohibited.
  • After receiving your diploma cover at the finish line, follow the route through the Speedway and exit.

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Tassels and Caps

  • Tassels are worn on the right side of the cap and shifted to the the left side after conferment.
  • Men will remove caps for the Invocation (opening prayer), and the Benediction (closing prayer) and put them back on immediately at the end of each prayer.