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May 2014 Commencement Ceremony

University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Thompson-Boling Arena
1600 Phillip Fulmer Way Knoxville, TN 37996
Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.

Graduation Information for Faculty and Staff



  • Online Graduation Application
  • Deadlines
  • Exit Exams and Testing
  • Financial Obligations
  • Career Tech (AAS) Graduates
  • Announcements and Rings
  • Cap and Gown
  • Honor Societies

The Ceremony

  • The Commencement Exercise
  • Directions to the Thompson-Boling Arena
  • Disability Accommodations
  • Official Photographs


  • Diplomas


Students at GraduationOnline Graduation Application

Prior to the time that you expect to complete all course requirements for graduation you must submit an online graduation application. Graduation applications are accessed through MyPellissippi. DO NOT COMPLETE AN APPLICATION UNLESS YOU HAVE MET WITH YOUR ADVISOR AND EXPECT TO GRADUATE IN THE NEXT SEMESTER OR IN THE CURRENT SEMESTER.

  1. Log in to MyPellissippi.
  2. Select Student tab and click Student Academic Services.
  3. Select Student Records and click Apply to Graduate.

Carefully read and follow the instructions to complete and submit the Graduation application. The online application allows students to identify active Honor Society memberships (ABG, PTK, or LEX) and place cap and gown orders. Students will be notified through their Pellissippi State email account when the application is approved or of possible deficiencies preventing graduation. It is each student's responsibility to check his or her status and to resolve any graduation deficiencies.



Intent to Graduate Applications for Spring 2014 must be submitted by March 7, 2014.

Intent to Graduate Applications for Summer 2014 must be submitted by July 3, 2014.

The deadline for turning in cap and gown measurement information for the May 2014 graduation ceremony is March 7, 2014.


Graduation arena with graduatesExit Exams & Testing

Candidates for graduation are required to take the College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (CBASE) to measure general educational achievement for the purpose of evaluating academic programs. No minimum score or level of achievement is required for graduation. You are encouraged to perform as well as possible. Note: It is the student's responsibility to register for and complete the CBASE exam. You may register for the CBASE by going to www.pstcc.edu  and clicking on MyPellissippi or by presenting a registration form at the Admissions and Records Office for data entry. No registration fee will be charged and no college credits will be awarded for CBASE, however the test is mandatory.

Questions concerning the exam should be directed to the Learning and Testing Center Office (ERC-Room 332), by phone at 865-694-6454 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., or www.pstcc.edu/testing.

Exemptions: Students may be exempt from CBASE as follows:

  1. Student previously has taken the CBASE.
  2. English is the student's second language.
  3. Student has earned a prior degree.

Note: Career/technical students also may be required to take an additional test in their major, which is mandatory for graduation.


Financial Obligations

You must settle all financial obligations with Pellissippi State before graduation (for example, library and traffic fines). If you have received a Federal Stafford Loan through the Financial Aid Office you must complete an exit loan counseling session. If you need additional information, please contact the Financial Aid Office at the Blount County Campus at 865.981.5335; the Division Street Campus at 865.971.5252; the Magnolia Campus at 865.329.3118; or the Hardin Valley Campus at 865.694.6565.

To complete the exit loan counseling session online, please visit the website at: www.pstcc.edu/financial_aid  and click on "Exit Loan Counseling."


Placement for Career Technical (AAS) Graduates

Graduates at graduation

The Placement Office maintains placement files for AAS graduates who want to obtain assistance with their job search. To register you may visit the office (GN113), download forms from the Placement Office website, call for an appointment at 865.694.6554 or email ccarson@pstcc.edu. If you are already employed in your major please complete a status form or contact the Placement Office for reporting purposes as required by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.


Announcements and Rings

Announcements will be available for purchase at the Pellissippi State bookstore on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning in late March. Class rings may be purchased through Jostens.


Cap and Gown

You must order your cap and gown if you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony. When you file you online graduation application, you will place your cap and gown order.  If you did not place your cap and gown order when you applied to graduate, please submit a cap & gown measurement form. This measurement form is also available at all Pellissippi State bookstores. The deadline for submission of this form is March 7, 2014.

Candidates may pick up and purchase caps and gowns beginning in mid-April at the Pellissippi State Bookstore. If you have any questions concerning this information, please contact the bookstore manager at 865.694.6642. The keepsake gowns are black and graduates should plan to wear dark shoes, dark skirt/pants, white blouse/shirt, and tie.

Additions on the cap and gown are not permitted except for certain honorary stoles and sashes. The cap and gowns are yours, so you won't need to return them.


Honor Societies

Male student with honor society sash and diploma at graduation

If you are an active member of any of these honor societies (Alpha Beta Gamma, Phi Theta Kappa or Lambda Epsilon Chi) you will identify your membership when you submit the on-line graduation application. Your achievements will be recognized in the Commencement program.

PTK members may purchase tassel/stoles by visiting the PTK website. The honor form is available in Goins 110D on the Pellissippi campus or you may submit the Honor Societies form online. The deadline for submission of this form is March 7, 2014.


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The Ceremony

The Commencement Exercise

Commencement will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Boling Arena. Participation in the exercises is encouraged. All participating candidates should be in their caps and gowns and at the Arena by 6:00 p.m. to check-in and line-up for the processional. There will be staff and volunteers at the ceremony to assist you with instructions and answer your questions.  All graduates must stay for the entire ceremony.

Neither Pellissippi State nor the University of Tennessee is responsible for your valuables (cell phones, cameras, purses, etc.). Either lock valuables in your car or leave them with family or friends at the Arena. 


Graduation aisle

Directions To The Thompson-Boling Arena

For directions to the event, visit the official Thompson-Boling Arena web site and view the seating chart. UT campus maps may also be helpful.


Disability Accommodations

Participants in commencement who have a disability and require special accommodations must contact Disability Services at 865.539.7153 before April 30, 2014. Special seating to the left side of the stage will be reserved for members of the audience who need accommodations. Ask an usher for directions. Please note that this facility does not furnish wheelchairs.


Official Photographs

An official photographer will be present to take photographs during the commencement ceremony. You will be photographed as you cross the stage and shake hands with the President and once again after you exit the stage. Graduation photographs will be made available for purchase through the photographer. However, you are under no obligation to purchase photographs.

Please arrange for other pictures or snapshots to be made after the ceremony has concluded. The stage settings will be kept intact for a limited time after the ceremony.

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Blonde, female graduate giving a thumbs up and smilingDiplomas

All diplomas will be ready for pick up six to eight weeks following each graduation semester.  Postcards will be mailed to you at the current address on file at PSCC, notifying you of the date diplomas will be available. It is imperative you keep your contact information/address up to date within the College.  Should your address or contact information change, please contact Barbara Bailes at 695-694-6564 or bbailes@pstcc.edu

For diploma pick-up please bring a photo ID to the Hardin Valley Campus Admissions and Records Office (GN 102) Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Students who are unable to pick up their diploma may authorize someone else to do so, provided that individual presents a photo ID and supplies a note written and signed by the student giving him or her permission to pick up the diploma.