Commencement Ceremony

*Financially supported by Student Activity Fees

 

The spring 2021 commencement ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in the Wellmont Regional Center for Performing Arts and will be divided into five separate ceremonies by academic division.

While the ceremonies will be in-person, they will not mimic a traditional ceremony. Graduates will not be seated during the event but will walk across the stage, have their name, degree, Latin honors, and any honors convocation awards announced. Graduates will then receive a graduation box filled with their diploma cover, honors awards, and other gifts related to graduation. To commemorate this milestone, a professional graduation photograph will be provided to all graduates. Graduates are required to wear face coverings throughout the ceremonies and are expected to follow social distancing protocols. To minimize the risk for graduates, guests will not be permitted to attend the graduation ceremony. The college will live stream the ceremony for family and friends to celebrate the graduation. Additionally, we will have a virtual graduation which will recognize each graduate, their name, degree, honors, and picture or video. 

Please know that due to the nature of COVID-19, Spring 2021 graduation plans are tentative and subject to change.

Date and Times

  • Tuesday, May 11, 2021
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Health Professions 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Humanities (including General TBR Transfer) 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Math & Sciences 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Technologies 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Location

  •  Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA) at Northeast State's Blountville campus
     

The spring commencement program will be available in digital PDF form prior to the ceremony. Hard copies will be available on the day of the ceremony.

 

The spring commencement live streaming can be viewed here once streaming begins. 


The virtual ceremony will air at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 and can be viewed here once it begins. 


All graduates are expected to dress professionally and comfortably. Gentlemen wear dark dress pants and dress shirts. Ladies wear dresses or blouses with skirts or dark dress pants. Wear comfortable but nice shoes (no flip flops or tennis shoes). Participating students must wear regalia. It is best to take your gown out of the plastic bag and hang it up before wearing. Graduates will be allowed to carry personal items such as cell phone, car keys and wallets as long as they are secured under regalia. Students are encouraged to leave personal items in their vehicles.

A photographer will be present prior to each ceremony for students wishing to have individual cap and gown portraits. Please arrive at least one hour prior to your ceremony to ensure adequate time for your portrait to be made. Students who do not wish to have individual cap and gown portraits made should still arrive 30 minutes prior to their ceremony to allow adequate time to check in and begin lining up for the processional. 

   


Please contact accessibility@northeaststate.edu if you have any questions.


The processional and recessional of students and faculty dressed in academic regalia is a traditional part of these commencement exercises. This history of academic dress goes back to the medieval universities. In the 12th and 13th centuries, when universities were taking form, they were under the jurisdiction of the church. Those studying wore a habit or a cloak to which was attached a cowl or hood. This could be pulled up over the head or thrown back, according to weather conditions. Later, the gown served the dual purpose of providing warmth in the unheated halls as well as uniformity of dress.

Please Note: Students are required to wear their graduation cap, gown, and other graduation regalia. Students may pick up their cap and gown at Grad Kickoff or in the Office of Admissions and Records beginning in late March. Students will receive an email notification with the date regalia will be available for pick up.


PhotoGenius will be providing individual cap and gown portraits for any graduate prior to each ceremony. These will be taken on a background with studio lighting to provide a professional quality portrait. Please arrive at least one hour prior to your ceremony to ensure adequate time for your portrait to be made. Graduates will be able to view portraits at time of sitting and also at photogenius.org after graduation. You may purchase your individual cap and gown portraits at this time or online. If you would like a proof to be mailed to your home address, there will be a $5.00 sitting fee. Proofs and order forms will be mailed to each graduate's home address. If you have any questions, please call: 1.276.386.2547 or email  werphotogenius@gmail.com. Your online code will be sent to you via email 48 hours after the ceremony. If you do not receive your code, please contact photogenius at 1.276.386.2547 or email  werphotogenius@gmail.com. Each graduate will be photographed while walking across the stage during the ceremony. We will be providing this photograph to all graduates in attendance. This photograph will be mailed following the ceremony. 

PhotoGenius 2021 Order Form


Do I have to attend the commencement ceremony?

While participation is not mandatory, we encourage all graduating students to attend.  

How many guests can attend?

To minimize the risk for graduates, guests will not be permitted to attend the spring 2021 ceremony.

Is there a rehearsal prior to the commencement ceremony?
No. Northeast State does not have a rehearsal. Please arrive early and you will receive instructions from staff when you check in. 

How long will the commencement ceremony last?
The length of each ceremony is approximately 1 hour, but this will depend on the number of graduates participating.   

Will I receive my diploma at the commencement ceremony?
Diplomas are not distributed at the commencement ceremony. Diplomas for fall, spring, and summer will be available for pick up in the Office of Admissions and Records approximately 4-6 weeks following each graduation semester. Email notifications will be sent to students with the date diplomas will be available. 

Does my participation in the ceremony mean that I have been awarded a degree or certificate?
Attending the commencement ceremony in no way confirms official graduation. All program requirements must be completed before the credential can be placed on your transcript or diploma.