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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The virtual commencement ceremony celebrates your achievement with you being recognized by the college, community members, family and friends. It will be fun and unique in many ways and the information below might be helpful for your preparations. 

What is a virtual commencement and why did DCCCD make the decision to do this? 

A virtual commencement will allow us to congratulate and honor the commitment and hard work of our students even though we are unable to gather in-person this year.  

What is the meaning behind the theme “Making History 2020”? 

This year’s graduating classes overcame the unprecedented and sudden move to 100% online learning. The 2020 graduates will also be the final students graduating from our individual colleges as we transition to Dallas College in July.  

What is the difference between commencement and graduation? 

Commencement is the ceremony that is held at the end of the Spring semester in May. This ceremony celebrates the achievement of the degree, and graduates are recognized by the college, community members, family and friends. 

Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree. All students wishing to graduate should have submitted a Degree Plan Request Form prior to the end of their final semester. After submitting this request form, the college determines if you have met all of your degree requirements. 

Am I considered a graduate, if I participate in commencement? 

No. You must complete the coursework and hours necessary to be considered a graduate from your college. Your participation or attendance at the June 13 virtual commencement does not mean that you have completed your degree requirements.  

Am I eligible to participate in commencement on June 13? 

As long as you are six credit hours or less away from completing your degree/certificate (by the end of the spring semester), you are eligible to participate in virtual commencement on June 13.

Is it too late to apply for graduation? 

Yes and no.  

Applications for Graduation are still being accepted for the Spring 2020 semester for awarding purposes only. 

In order to be eligible to participate in the 2020 virtual commencement ceremony, you must have submitted an Application for Graduation by Friday, May 15, 2020. This deadline includes having your name appear in the ceremony program and  on screen for the virtual ceremony.  

However, we were able to include some of the last-minute applications submitted through May 22. 

If you missed the deadline to participate in the 2020 Commencement Ceremony, contact your college after June 13th for information on how to attend the 2021 ceremony. 

Note: requesting your free cap, gown and tassel from your college is a separate form. That RSVP/request form can be found at through May 30.

What is the status of my Application for Graduation? Is my diploma being printed?  

Degrees and certificates are required to be posted to a student’s official transcript within 45 days of the completed term.  

For Spring 2020 graduates, the timeline was extended to 70 days. All degrees and certificates should be posted to your official transcript by July 23 for Spring 2020 graduates.  

Due to this deadline, priority is placed on the awarding of credentials for transcript purposes. Once all awarding is completed, credentials will be printed and mailed by Parchment, a 3rd party vendor. 

Parchment, will email each graduate a personalized code that can be used to obtain a digital copy of your credential through their online platform. All physical credentials will be mailed within the same timeframe. 

How do I know if my Application for Graduation has been received by my college? How do I know if it has been approved? 

Currently, each of the 7 colleges within the DCCCD has a different process for this. Please contact the campus in which you are being awarded to verify receipt and approval of your Application for Graduation.  

Go to and scroll down to “Commencement Questions” to see a list of department email addresses. 

Will the virtual commencement also include Fall 2019 graduates? 

Yes, the Spring commencement celebration is to celebrate our Fall graduates too! 

Is there any cost to participate? 

There is no cost to participate in the “Making History 2020” virtual commencement on June 13, 2020.  

Am I required to wear a cap and gown? How do I get them?  

Your college is providing you with a free cap, gown and tassel upon request (it is optional). Visit to complete your RSVP/request form. Please request your items by the May 30 deadline. 

Note: items requested by May 22 are guaranteed to ship to your home by June 13. 

How do I know if I am signed up for free graduation regalia? 

You receive an email copy (receipt) of your request form for graduation regalia (cap, gown and tassel) from Google Forms. This receipt is emailed after you visit and submit a Class of 2020 RSVP form. 

Has my cap, gown and tassel shipped yet?

When your order ships, you automatically receive an email from UPS My Choice ( It lists JOSTENS COLLEGE as the sender and includes a tracking number, an estimated delivery time, and your delivery address. 

The delivery address is the one you provided when you submitted your Class of 2020 RSVP form (see previous question).

Note: If your tracking details say your order has been cancelled, please do not worry. There was a small group of Eastfield students that received a cancellation notice and this was a simple clerical error. Your order has not been cancelled and is on its way.

What is the proper way to wear my cap and tassel? 

The flat part of the cap should be level and parallel to the ceiling and not tipped to the back or the side. The crown of the cap should sit approximately 1 inch above your eyebrows and about 1-1.5 inches above each ear. Bobby pins can be used to keep the cap in place. Before the ceremony, the tassel hangs off the right front side of the cap. When the degree/certificate is officially conferred, graduates will move their tassels to the left. 

How can I invite my friends and family to the virtual commencement? 

Share the celebration website to invite your friends and family: The video will go live on the website June 13 through YouTube.

Will a recording of the commencement be available after graduation for friends and family who were unavailable on June 13? 

Yes, the entire ceremony will be recorded and available after the event. We’ll post a link when it is ready at

Will my name be said/shown at all DCCCD virtual graduations, or just at my college’s? In what order will the names be said/shown? 

Your name will be shown at your college graduation. It will be listed with the program you are graduating from, in alphabetical order. The names will not be read out loud during the virtual commencement. 

Will there be a sign language interpreter? Captions?  

A sign language interpreter will be part of our virtual commencement to ensure everyone can enjoy the ceremony today. YouTube Live also offers closed captioning for virtual commencement. 


When and where will I receive my diploma? Can I have it sent to an alternate address? 

Your diploma will be mailed to the mailing address your college has on file in eConnect. To update your mailing address, visit Click the “Credit Student Menu” and log into eConnect with your student ID and password. Finally, click the “Update My Address” link (located under My Personal Info). Please note, this will only update your mailing address and will not change your address of residence or tuition rate. If you need to update your residency, please contact the Admissions/Registrar's Office on your campus for further instructions. 

Parchment, a 3rd party vendor, will also email each graduate a personalized code that can be used to obtain a digital copy of your di[loma/credential through their online platform. All physical credentials will be mailed within the same timeframe as the digital copies are made available. 

Where in eConnect can I see how many credits I have left, if any?  

eConnect will show you have many credits you have left to complete for your certificate or degree. Click the “Credit Student Menu” and log into eConnect with your student ID and password. Finally, click the “My Program of Study” link.  

Where in eConnect can I go to confirm I am being awarded a degree?  

Unfortunately, the confirmation of degrees and certificates cannot be verified through eConnect. However, if you have any concerns regarding the awarding of your credential, you may email your college. Go to and scroll down to "Commencement Questions" to see a list of department email addresses. 

You may also view select "My Program of Study" in eConnect to verify all your degree or certificate requirements have been met. 

Can I get a copy of the commencement program? 

Yes, you can download a digital program on June 13 at Your college will mail you an official, printed program later this summer. They will also mail diplomas this summer, separately.  

Is it true that DCCCD is giving grads free college swag later this summer? How do I get it? 

Yes, it is true! Your free swag box will be mailed to you later this summer. Please update your address in eConnect by June 3. We'll be using that address to mail your swag.

Where can I buy college swag for a graduate I know (or myself)? 

You can shop for official DCCCD and college merchandise at Get your individual college gear while you still can! 

Are graduates photos or videos being shared? 

Yes, you can share your photos, short videos (10-20 seconds) and memories at Submissions received by noon on May 28 may featured on screen during your college’s virtual graduation ceremony! Submissions received after May 28 may still be used in our graduation recap video on the DCCCD website, as well as our various social media accounts. You can also use #dcccd.

We don’t have official college yearbooks, but we still like to preserve memories. Especially during this historic graduation year! The Class of 2020 is THE last class graduating from the seven individual colleges of DCCCD! 

Is there an official hashtag for graduation? 

While the colleges each have their own hashtags, you’ll see a lot of students using #DCCCD and #DCCCDGrad. We look forward to seeing your graduation stories! 

Are the early college high school students included in virtual commencement?

Yes, absolutely. If you are an early college high school student who is receiving a certificate or degree from one of the colleges of DCCCD, you will be included in virtual commencement.

Who should I contact if I have questions about meeting my degree requirements?  

You can contact the degree audit department at your college. Go to and scroll down to “Commencement Questions” to see a list of department email addresses. 

Who can I contact if I have additional questions? 

On May 29 students eligible for graduation received a text from DCCCD about graduation. You can reply to that text with questions or email This information is also available on the Contact Us page of the website.