Commencement Day Information
The 74th Commencement will be held in the William L. McDuffie Student Services Center on the main campus. On April 29, 2023, the processional will begin at 9:50 a.m., with the program immediately following. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Essie Moore Carroll and Clarence V. Lebby, Sr. Learning Resource and Technology Center.
All graduates must check in no later than 8:00 a.m. in the Small Auditorium (bldg. 029). Please allow extra time as all individuals participating in Commencement will use the same entry and security checkpoints.
Regalia and Attire
Full academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood, if applicable) is required for those participating in the academic processional. Only official academic honor cords, stoles, and medallions are permitted. Graduates that choose to decorate their mortarboard (cap) must obtain approval from the Office of Student Services regarding the design. All designs must be flat on the cap.
Graduates should refrain from bringing personal items (i.e., purses, cellular phones, and other electronic devices). Please also plan to wear appropriate attire and comfortable shoes (no athletic gear).
Regalia will be available for pick-up on April 28, in the Office of Academic Affairs.
Dress and Decorum
- All graduates are required to wear full academic regalia.
- Mortarboards (caps) are worn with the tips in a horizontal position – not tilted. All Graduates/Completers should march with the tassel on the right side of their cap.
- Men can wear caps/hats throughout the program except during the Invocation, the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Black National Anthem, and Benediction.
- Women do not remove their caps during the ceremony.
- Women will wear black dresses or pants under their robes, black shoes, small stud or small hoop earrings, a watch, a wedding band, or a ring.
- Men will wear black pants, white shirts, dark ties, and black shoes.
- Only official honor cords and/or stoles from national honor societies are to be worn. No Exceptions.
- Purses are not to be carried in the processional. Provisions should be made to leave them with family or friends.
- Cellular telephones and/or any electronic devices are not to be used at any time during the ceremony.
Tickets are required for entrance into the ceremony. Therefore, all guests will be required to have a ticket to gain access to the gymnasium. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each graduate/completer will be provided four (4) tickets for their guests. Graduates/Completers do not need a ticket for entrance. Tickets will be available for pick-up on April 28, 2023, immediately following the luncheon. Extra tickets may not be available.
Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates
Credentials will be distributed immediately following the ceremony. Graduates not participating in Commencement should contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (803) 793-5109.
Names in Commencement Program Booklet
The names of graduates/completers appearing in the Commencement Program will be those who had an application submitted to the Office of Registrar Services (graduates) or the Office of Workforce Development and Continuing Education (completers) prior to the close of business on March 31, 2023. Any 2023 graduates’ applications received after this date may not have their names listed in the Commencement program. Please note that having your name in the Commencement program does not mean your degree will be awarded.
Participation in the Commencement Ceremony
Only those students who have been conferred will be allowed to participate in Commencement. Credentials will be distributed to students with no outstanding financial obligations.
All graduates/completers must pay the mandatory $150.00 graduation application fee. The payment deadline is March 31, 2023. A $21.00 application fee is assessed for additional application submissions. Students must be financially cleared in order to receive their credentials and transcripts. This includes payment of the graduation fee, tuition, and all other fees (Business Office, Blatt Hall, first floor) as well as any outstanding parking or library fines.
Failure to be financially cleared will result in a financial hold on your account. Financial holds prevent credentials from being released and official transcript requests from being processed.
Photography by Guests – It is permissible for Commencement guests to photograph graduates/completers from their seats.
Professional Photography – A photography studio, contracted by the College, will provide a photographer to take a picture of each graduate/completer as they cross the stage and receive their credentials. Proofs and purchase information will be mailed or emailed directly to each graduate at the address that is provided.
Dr. Dietra Kent
April 29, 2023
No. Extra tickets will not be available.
Although not required, faculty, staff, students, and guests are strongly encouraged to wear a face-covering on Denmark Technical College’s campus at all times.
Yes, free parking will be available in designated areas.
We strongly encourage graduates to leave their purses with family members during the ceremony.
Graduates/Completers that have been academically and financially cleared to graduate can pick up their credentials on May 4, 2023, from the Office of Registrar Services in Blatt Hall, Room 102.
Yes. The fee is $150. A $21 fee will be assessed for each additional application.
Cap décor must be approved by the Office of Student Services. Please contact the office at 803.793.5242 or email your markup to firstname.lastname@example.org. All décor must be flat on the cap.
Commencement seating for families is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reserved seating will be available for the graduating class, faculty, and those who have made arrangements in advance for attendees with physical disabilities and guests of the platform party.
Yes. Spaces will be reserved for guests who need wheelchair access.
Yes. The ceremony will be streamed live on the college’s YouTube channel.
If you have additional questions, please call the Office of Academic Affairs at (803) 793-5109.
If you plan to invite out-of-town guests, it is suggested that you make reservations as early as possible to ensure that lodging will be available. To assist family and friends with their accommodation needs, the following list of hotels is being provided:
Springhill Suites Orangeburg
675 Citadel Road Orangeburg, South Carolina 29118
Rate: $109 (King bed or two Queen beds)
Tru by Hilton-Orangeburg
739 Citadel Road, 739, Orangeburg, SC, 29118
Rates: $95.16 (King bed) 104.35 (Queen bed)
Courtyard by Marriot Cayce
125 Fort Congaree Trail, Cayce, SC 29033
Rates: $101.00 King, Sofa bed Rates: $109 Two Queen beds
Tameka Porterfield – Registrar
Denmark Technical College
1126 Solomon Blatt Blvd.
Denmark, SC 29042