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Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony

University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Thompson-Boling Arena
1600 Phillip Fulmer Way Knoxville, TN 37996
Friday, May 3, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for Commencement)

Venue Policies

UTK Clear Bag & Metal Detector Policies

Graduation Information for Faculty and Staff


The Ceremony



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. Look for the box called Your Records.
  3. Click on 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 2019 must be submitted by March 8, 2019 in order to ensure your name will appear in the graduation ceremony program.

The deadline for turning in cap and gown measurement information for the Spring 2019 graduation ceremony is March 8, 2019.


Exit Testing

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.


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. 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.

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 (GN104A), download forms from the Placement Office website, or call for an appointment at 865.694.6559, or email placement@pstcc.edu. If you are already employed in your major, please 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 early October. 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 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 8, 2019.

Candidates may pick up and purchase caps and gowns beginning in mid-November 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 (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.


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The Ceremony

The Commencement Exercise

Commencement is on Friday, May 3, 2019 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 website 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 March 27, 2019. We reserve seats on the Arena floor 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. The photographer will contact grads using the contact information on the back of the reader cards that are filled out at check-in by all graduates.. However, you are under no obligation to purchase photographs.

Please arrange for other pictures or snapshots to be made after the ceremony has concluded. 

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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 Records at 865-694-6400 or records@pstcc.edu.

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.