Due to unfavorable weather forecasts for Friday, May 6, both outdoor Commencement ceremonies have been rescheduled. 

  • Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m.– Rescheduled to Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May at 10 a.m. – Rescheduled to Saturday, May 7 at 4 p.m.

The ceremonies will still be held in the Hardin Valley Campus Courtyard.

Graduates do not need to re-register for Commencement, but are asked to attend the rescheduled ceremony that corresponds with their original commitment to ensure the College has enough seating for graduates and their guests.

If the forecast shows increased chances of inclement weather for Saturday afternoon and evening, the ceremonies will be moved to Sunday, May 8. A decision will be made on Friday, May 6, and graduates and guests will be notified of any additional changes on Friday afternoon. 


Graduation is an exciting time. We look forward to celebrating with you at Commencement – which is held each May and December. 

To ensure that you are ready to graduate, there are a few steps you’ll need to complete in your final semester at Pellissippi State. You also should be aware of some processes all graduating students undertake. 

It’s important to remember to frequently check myPellissippi and your campus email during your last semester of college for important information regarding graduation. We’ll send you lots of updates and instructions, many of which have hard-and-fast deadlines. It’s your responsibility to be aware of those deadlines and ensure you meet them. 

If you need help, remember you can always call Records at 865-539-7317 or 865-694-6723.  

Mark your calendars!

2022 Commencement Ceremonies
Hardin Valley Campus

Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m.
Rescheduled to Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.
Rescheduled to Saturday, May 7 at 4 p.m.

2022 Commencement Ceremonies  

Commencement ceremonies for our Spring 2022 graduates will be held in-person and outdoors at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road Knoxville, TN 37933.  

Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m. 
Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m.


Registration will open on April 1 for all ceremonies.  

All seats are reserved on a first come, first served basis.  

Inclement Weather  

Ceremonies will take place outdoors on the courtyard, except in the event of a significant weather event or storm. Graduates and guests should prepare to their own personal degree of comfort for the weather. Graduates will be notified of any changes in the date and time of their ceremony no later than one day in advance. 

Arrival and Check-in  

Registration will begin one hour before the ceremony is scheduled to begin.  

Graduates and guests should enter campus at the Solway Road entrance and park in designated lots as directed by campus police and security. Once on campus, signage will be placed to help direct graduates and guests near the Goins Building to begin the check in process.  

Guests and Live Streaming 

All graduation sessions will be live streamed to allow family and friends unable to attend in person an opportunity to celebrate with our graduates. 

Guests must register in advance, but are not limited in number. This is simply to ensure we have enough seating for each ceremony.  


Graduates will have the opportunity to pose for a professional photo in their cap and gown as a part of the check-in process. Photography services are provided by GradImages.  

Professional photos must be taken as a part of the check-in process and will not be available after the ceremony. Graduates should decide on professional photography prior to check-in to be ready when that moment presents itself.

Disability Accommodations and Requests  

Graduates who are registered with the Disability Services office and need accommodations for the ceremony should reach out to their assigned coordinator as soon as possible.  

Guests in need of accommodations should reach out to or call 865-694-6411 for assistance. 

Bouquets for Purchase

The Commencement Group will provide bouquets for purchase at the graduation ceremonies. Pre-orders are strongly encouraged and can be placed at this link. 

Graduation FAQs


In your next-to-last semester, you need to meet with your advisor to ensure you’re ready to graduate. Your advisor will make sure you have all the credits and classes you need to earn your degree. Remember: you can schedule advising appointments in myPellissippi. 

Once you have met with your advisor, you’ll be given a password to apply for graduation and will be registered for an exit exam. This will be clearance to apply for graduation. Submit your graduation application at the very beginning of your last semester of college. 

Apply for graduation in myPellissippi: under “Your Records,” click “Apply to Graduate/Graduation Status.” The intent to graduate application for spring 2021 must be submitted by April 9, 2021. 

The graduation application lets you identify any honors society memberships you may have, as well as place your order for a cap and gown. 

You’ll be notified through your Pellissippi State email that your graduation application has been approved. You’ll also be notified through email if you have any possible deficiencies in your records that might prevent you from graduating. It’s your responsibility to follow up on those deficiencies. 

You can check your graduation status by clicking on the “Apply to Graduate/Graduation Status” link under “Your Records” in myPellissippi. If you need help, call Records at 865-539-7317 or 865-694-6723. 

After graduation, we will notify you via US Mail to let you know that your diploma is ready for pick-up. In your last semester, make sure that we have the correct mailing address for you. You can check that the address we have for you is correct in myPellissippi. 

If your address needs to be updated, contact our Records office at 865-694-6632 or 

All Tennessee community college graduates are required to take an exit exam. When you meet with your advisor in your next-to-last or last semester, your advisor will register you for an exit exam. 

The exit exam is not part of your grade for any class, and your score does not affect your ability to earn your degree. However, you must complete the exam in order to be eligible for graduation. 

The exam, called the ETS Proficiency Profile, tests your skills in college-level reading, writing, mathematics and critical thinking. The exam consists of 36 multiple-choice questions and takes about 45 minutes to complete. If you’re interested, you can view sample questions. 

The ETS Proficiency Profile helps Pellissippi State assess our courses and degree programs and make improvements as we need to. We encourage you to try your best on the exam. If you try your best, we get the proper results to help us determine how well we’re doing. 

The College bookstore sells graduation announcements and other items like diploma frames and gifts. 

You can order class rings from Jostens. 

You must order a cap and gown to participate in the commencement ceremony. Our caps and gowns are black, and we encourage you to dress nicely to complement the gowns. After commencement, you’ll own your cap and gown, so there’s no need to return them. 

If you need to order a cap and gown, complete a cap and gown order form. We recommend ordering no later than April 15. 

Please note, entering your height/weight information on the exit exam does not order your cap and gown. If you have not ordered with payment information included; you still need to order! 

If you need financial assistance to purchase a cap and gown, please send an email to with the following information: 

  • Please put “Cap and Gown Assistance” in the subject line.
  • Enter your full name, PNumber, height and weight in the body of the email with your request for assistance. 
  • Further instructions will then be sent to you. 

Additional Stoles, Sashes and Medallions 

If you are an active member of Gamma Beta Phi, Kappa Beta Delta, Lambda Epsilon Chi, and/or Phi Theta Kappa, you should identify your membership in your graduation application. You’ll be recognized for your achievements during the commencement ceremony. If you are in an honor society or have received another commendation while at Pellissippi State, you may purchase from that society’s website any stoles, sashes, medallions or other items to wear with your cap and gown. 

You may also be recognized for other accomplishments — as a military veteran, a participant in our Service-Learning program or for outstanding academic accomplishments. 

We provide some honorary decorations to your cap and gown, and you’ll be provided those decorations prior to commencement. However, if you are a member of Phi Theta Kappa, you should purchase your own tassel or stole. 

Participants in commencement who have a disability and require special accommodations should contact Disability Services at 865-539-7153 early in their last semester of college. 

If a member of the audience has a disability and requires special accommodations, please ask an usher at the event for directions to special seating on the arena floor. Please note that Thompson-Boling Arena does not furnish wheelchairs. 

You will not receive your diploma during the commencement ceremony. 

Your diploma will be ready for you to pick up 4-6 weeks after graduation each semester. After you graduate, we will mail you a postcard notifying you when your diploma is ready for pick-up. We will send this postcard to the address we have on file – so check with the Records Office to make sure your address is accurate the semester before you graduate.