Information for Graduates

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Information for Graduates

When and Where

Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony
Clarence Brown Conference Center
5450 GA-20
Cartersville, GA 30121
Thursday, May 9th, 2024
10:00AM and 2:00PM

Chattahoochee Tech will be offering 2 identical ceremonies on May 9th.  Students are able to choose their ceremony time and register.  If one ceremony time fills up, students will be required to choose the remaining ceremony time. Ceremonies are not divided by programs. Guest seating in the ballroom will be first come, first serve.

  • 10AM ceremony – Students need to arrive, check in and be seated in the auditorium by 9:15AM for a few quick announcements before the ceremony begins. All guests need to be seated in the ballroom by 9:45AM.
  • 2PM ceremony – Students need to arrive, check in and be seated in the auditorium by 1:15PM for a few quick announcements before the ceremony begins. All guests need to be seated in the ballroom by 1:45PM.

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Student will need to pay the $40 non-refundable commencement ceremony fee prior to the ceremony date. The fee is charged following the ceremony registration. If this fee is not paid, there will be a hold placed on the account and the diploma will not be mailed until paid.

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Petitions for Graduation

If you have not yet submitted your petition to graduate for Spring semester, make sure to do that before registering for the ceremony. If you have questions about your petition or eligibility to participate in the ceremony, please visit our Graduation Requirements page or email

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Guest tickets will NOT be required for our ceremony. To ensure we have space for all students to bring guests, we recommend bringing no more than 6 guests to the ceremony. Guest seating is first come, first serve and if the room reaches capacity, all additional guests will be asked to wait in the lobby area.

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All students must wear a black regalia set (black gown, cap, tassels) to participate. We encourage you to decorate your caps!  We love to see all the creative designs.

If you do not have a black regalia set, please visit the Cap and Gown Orders page.

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The follow graduation cords will be handed out at the student check-in table on ceremony day:

  • Chatt Tech College Academy’s Dual Achievement Program – white cord
  • Dual Enrollment – turquoise cord
  • 3.5+ GPA Honor Graduates – gold cord
  • 4.0 GPA Honor Graduates – gold medallion
  • Special Populations (non-traditional majors) – green cord
  • Student Leadership Academy – gold medallion
  • Veterans – red, white, and blue cord

The GPA used in determining eligibility for this honor will be the student’s current cumulative, overall GPA at the time of the mandatory commencement meetings. This grade point average (GPA) will be verified prior to the commencement meetings. The honor cords are provided by the college and will be presented to the respective graduates at the commencement meetings.
Cords and tassels for the members of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) are distributed by the Office of Campus Life. Please visit Student Clubs and Organizations for eligibility requirements and contact information for club/organization advisors.

Any additional regalia recognizing individual accomplishment or departmental honors must be approved by the Director of Records.

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Graduates who require special assistance at the commencement ceremony may contact Disability Services prior to the ceremony date.

For guests that require special assistance, the Clarence Brown Conference Center is ADA compliant. The college is unable to reserve seating for guests with special needs. Please arrive early if you have specific seating needs.

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Commencement is an exciting time for guests and graduates. Please share these details with your guests:

  • The ballroom area’s doors will open at 1 hour prior to your ceremony time.
  • Please arrive on time. Late arrivals are disruptive to other guests and to the graduates.
  • There will be a high volume of traffic in the area so please arrive early to find parking.
  • All guests must enter through the front entrance of the Clarence Brown Center.
  • Prearrange a designated area to meet your guests following the ceremony.
  • Strollers and balloons are not permitted in the ballroom. These items may be left in the guest services area.
  • Please silence cell phones.
  • Guests are not permitted in the graduate auditorium; it is reserved for graduates and processing staff only.
  • Prohibited Items: Artificial noisemakers including air horns, whistles, and confetti cannons.

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A photographer from GradImages® will be taking a candid photograph of all graduates during a special moment of recognition. One or two more photos will be taken during the ceremony in addition to the candid handshake photograph. Graduates will receive a free proof of this photo via e-mail within 2 weeks after the ceremony. Graduates and guests may place orders or obtain answers to questions at or 1.800.261.2576.

Personal photographs may be taken during the commencement ceremony. However, guests and graduates may be restricted from photographing from certain areas.

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