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Commencement Information

May 13, 2017 Commencement Information

Career & Technical Education - 10:00 a.m.
Associate of Applied Science & Certificate
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Graduate line-up begins at 9:00 a.m

Arts & Science Education - 2:00 p.m.
Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, & Associate of Arts in Teaching
Doors open at 12:30 p.m.
Graduate line-up begins at 1:00 p.m.

Jefferson College Field House
1000 Viking Drive
Hillsboro, MO 63050

No tickets are required.

2017 Rehearsal - Friday, May 12, 2017: Jefferson College Field House

Career & Technical Education  - 10 a.m.
Associate of Applied Science & Certificate

Arts & Science Education- 2 p.m.
Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, & Associate of Arts in Teaching

Photo & DVD Orders
Professional Photography by Grad Images
Jefferson College has contracted with Grad Images for professional photography coverage of this year’s commencement ceremony to include an individual photo of each graduate as he/she receives his/her diploma and a second photo as he/she exits the stage. Grad Images will: (1) send a digital proof and ordering information to each graduate’s Jefferson College email address and (2) mail a passport-sized photo proof within 5-7 days following the ceremony. Orders may also be placed online at or by calling 1-800-261-2576.

Since professional photography is available, family members and guests are asked to remain in their seats throughout the entire ceremony and refrain from crowding the staging platform. As a courtesy to graduates and their families, Jefferson College has also placed a photo backdrop in the lobby for personal photos.

DVD/Ceremony Broadcast
A DVD of the 2017 Commencement ceremonies, produced by the Jefferson College Media Services Department, is available for $20, which includes postage and handling. Orders may be placed through May 20 by mailing payment to:

Jefferson College Media Services Department
Attn: 2017 Graduation DVD
1000 Viking Drive
Hillsboro, MO 63050

Note: Make checks payable to Jefferson College.
DVDs will be ready for shipping on or around June 17.

As a public service, both 2017 Jefferson College Commencement ceremonies will also be shown online at and on JCTV (Charter Cable Channel 989 in Jefferson County). Dates & Times TBD

Watch JCTV for scheduling information.

Graduation Apparel
Caps and Gowns: Gowns may be picked up any time after paying your graduation fee at the cashier’s window and applying for graduation. The cap and gown are included in your graduation fee so there will be no further charge when you pick it up.

It is highly recommended that you remove your gown from the plastic, cool iron or steam the gown, check the fit of the cap, and verify that you have a black tassel. Any apparel problems should be brought to the attention of a Bookstore associate ASAP.

Wear your cap and gown to the commencement ceremony. Changing rooms are not available.

Your cap and mortarboard should sit on your head horizontal to the ground, not perched at an angle. The tassel hangs on the right.

The cap and gown are yours to keep. Do not return them at the end of the ceremony.

The gown may not be decorated with anything other than the approved cords/stoles/pins.
Degree/Certificate candidates with additional ornamentation on their gowns or mortarboards will be asked to remove the ornamentation prior to entering the Commencement exercises.

Approved ornamentation:

Students graduating with honors (3.50 or higher).......  Gold Honor Cords
Honors Program Graduates........................................   Purple Cords
Phi Theta Kappa......................................................... Stole/Cord/Tassel/Pin
National Technical Honor Society............................. Stole/Tassel
Veteran Status............................................................ Red-White-Blue Cord
Radiologic Technology Honor Society...................... Forest Green Cord
Nursing (PNE & RNR)............................................... Program Pins
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA)..................... Program Pin
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)............................ Program Pin
Radiologic Technology............................................... Program Pin
Veterinary Technology (VET-Tech)........................... Program Pin
College Accelerated Program (CAP) Graduates Royal Blue Cords


Instructions to Graduates
Please come dressed in your cap and gown, ready to take that special walk! Changing areas are not provided. The cap is traditionally placed on the head so the mortarboard is horizontal to the ground, rather than perched at an angle. The tassel hangs on the right. Bobby pins work well to anchor the cap securely to the head. The cap and gown are yours to keep; do not return them to the Bookstore. Please do not carry a purse during the ceremony. All cell phones should be turned off. Balloons are not allowed on the floor during the ceremony.

Plan to arrive at the Field House on Saturday, May 13:

CTE Ceremony: line-up begins at 9:00 a.m.
(Field House doors open at 8:30 a.m.)

A&S Ceremony: line-up begins at 1:00 p.m.
(Field House doors open at 12:30 p.m.)

All traffic approaching campus will be directed into the campus via Mel Carnahan Drive. (See Jefferson College Traffic & Parking Maps).Once inside the Field House, graduates should proceed down one level to the staging area. Guests should be seated in the Field House bleachers on a first come, first serve basis.

Directional signs will lead you to your line-up point, where you will check in with your line leader. You will receive an index card with your name printed on it for use during the ceremony. Please keep the card with you until it is your turn to walk on stage. Please have final adjustments to your cap and gown completed, and have your index card ready for the ceremony. (As you approach the stage, you will give your index card to our staff for the announcer to read your name, and the card will later be forwarded to the photographer.)

When the processional starts, you will march to your seats behind a faculty marshal. The audience will stand with you during the National Anthem. Everyone will be seated following the National Anthem. Please remain standing until the College President asks you to be seated.

Conferring of degrees:
The faculty marshal will lead you to the east (left-side) stage stairs to receive your diploma. When it is your turn, hand your card to the announcer, who will read your name. Walk across the stage to shake hands with the president, pause for the photo, then exit the stage on west (right-side) stairs and return to your seat from the outer aisle. A faculty marshal will assist you. You may be seated once you reach your chair.

Special Accommodations:
Any student or guest who will need special seating should contact the Disability Support Services office at 636-481-3158. Special seating is available by reservation and/or on a first come, first serve basis, if available. If this applies to you, please don’t delay!

Call 636-481-3158 to make arrangements ASAP. More Information

GradImages, a professional photography company, will take your photo as you walk across the stage and shake hands, and a second photo as you exit the stage. All proofs will be mailed to your home a few weeks after commencement. You may also check your proofs online at For additional photography questions, call the company directly at 1-800-261-2576.

A DVD of the commencement ceremony will be available for purchase by May 20. The commencement ceremony will also be broadcast JCTV (Charter Cable Channel 989 or in Jefferson County). Dates and times will be listed in the commencement program.

Exiting the Field House:
The faculty/graduate recessional will proceed outside. Please make prior arrangements with your family and guests on where to meet following commencement. Following the recessional, the audience will be allowed to come down on the floor and exit outside to meet the graduates.

Final Note:
Graduates will receive a diploma cover with a congratulatory note inside during the commencement ceremony. You will receive your diploma about four - six weeks after grades are finalized. If you have questions, contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 636-481-3205.

Commencement Security Policies
Jefferson College has implemented the following policies to ensure a safe, enjoyable Commencement experience for all guests.

Entering the Jefferson College Field House:
All jackets, bags and backpacks will be searched upon entry. Purses, diaper bags and other small personal bags are allowed, but will be inspected at the entrance.  No large bags or boxes are allowed in the building without prior authorization.

Jefferson College reserves the right to make the final determination on prohibited items. In the event that prohibited items are revealed in a search, guests will be asked to dispose of the items or return them to their cars before re-entering the building.

Due to the fact that these additional security measures may cause slight delays, guests are encouraged to arrive early to allow adequate time to enter the building.

Thank you for your cooperation with the enforcement of these necessary procedures.


2016 Commencement Exercises were held on Saturday, May 14, 2016. View the ceremonies below:

2016 (10 a.m.) Arts and Science Commencement Video

2016 (2 p.m.) Career and Technical Education Commencement Video