Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
1600 Phillip Fulmer Way Knoxville, TN 37996
Friday, May 6, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.
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.
- Log in to MyPellissippi.
- Select Student tab and click Student Academic Services.
- 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 (KBD, LEX, PTK, or GBP) 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 2016 must be submitted by April 7, 2016.
The deadline for turning in cap and gown measurement information for the May 2016 graduation ceremony is March 9, 2016.
Every graduate of a Tennessee community college is required to take an exit exam. The purpose of the exam is to measure how well the College is performing in providing general education to its students. The results will allow Pellissippi State to assess its courses and make improvements. Your performance on this test will not affect your graduation status; however, you must complete the exam in order to receive your degree.
We encourage you to do your best, as the results of the exam can enhance the reputation of Pellissippi State with other schools and with local business and industry, thus making your degree more valuable. In addition, good exit scores qualify Pellissippi State for extra funding to upgrade educational quality, further improving the value of your degree.
As a Pellissippi State student, you will take the ETS Proficiency Profile. This exam tests your skills in college-level reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking. All the subject knowledge required to answer each question is provided in the question itself or in the materials that accompany it.
The exam consists of 36 multiple choice questions, and the entire testing session will require about 75 minutes. You do not need to review in order to prepare for this exam, but you may want to view sample questions. If so, click on this link.
Students who believe they are ready to graduate will need to meet with an academic advisor either within their major or through the advising office. The advisor will assist them with the completion of the Intent to Graduate application and registration for the Exit Exam.
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. To complete the exit loan counseling session online, please visit the website at: www.pstcc.edu/financial_aid and click on "Exit Loan Counseling."
If you need additional information, please contact Enrollment Services at 865-694-6400.
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 (GN111), download forms from the Placement Office website, call for an appointment at 865.694.6554 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
You must order your cap and gown if you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremony. When you file your 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 and gown measurement form. This measurement form is also available at all Pellissippi State bookstores. The deadline for submission of this form is March 9, 2016.
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.
If you are an active member of any of these honor societies (Gamma Beta Phi, Kappa Beta Delta, Lambda Epsilon Chi, and Phi Theta Kappa) 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 deadline for submission of this form is March 4, 2016.
Commencement will be held Friday, May 6, 2016 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.
Participants in commencement who have a disability and require special accommodations must contact Disability Services at 865.539.7153 before March 25, 2016. Special seating on the Arena floor 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.
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.
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 Records at 865-694-6400 or email@example.com.
For diploma pick-up please bring a photo ID to the Hardin Valley Campus Admissions and Records Office (GN102) 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.