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Commencement Ceremony Information

Commencement Information

Hazard Community and Technical College will host the 2024-2025 commencement ceremony on May 10, 2025. More details will be added soon.

Rehearsal for both Commencement Ceremonies will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9.

If you have a family member in a wheelchair or using a walker who may need assistance entering the building, please contact Deronda Mobelini at, so she may communicate that information to HCTC’s Dean of Facilities. Also, be sure to have family members bring their handicap parking sticker with them to show to those who will be directing parking.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Students

PTK students should contact their PTK advisor to arrange to pick up their stole and tassel; these items will be worn with the cap and gown during the graduation ceremony.

Graduation Attire for the Commencement Ceremony

Academic Attire is Required. You will need to purchase Graduation Attire online from the HCTC Bookstore so change your bookstore option to Hazard Community and Technical College-if necessary. You can also purchase your cap and gown directly from the HCTC Bookstore. Contact Penny Francis, Manager, by email or by phone at (606) 487-3142 or (606) 436-1091, with any questions.

Your cap and gown should be blue; however, if you are a high school student who is also graduating from HCTC, you may wear your high school cap and gown.

Ordering your Graduation Attire online is highly encouraged to ensure the proper size is ordered. Orders CANNOT be taken over the phone. The last day to order graduation apparel to have delivered to the student's home address is April 1, 2025.

The Hazard Campus Bookstore is open daily, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for ordering and picking up graduation attire. Once the product arrives at the Hazard Bookstore, we will contact those students who have ordered to make arrangements for pickup.  The last day to order your cap/gown in-person at the HCTC Bookstore is March 7, 2025 (if pick up is at the bookstore).

Graduation Photographs

Individual photos will be taken by the HCTC marketing team during the ceremony. These pictures will be posted on the HCTC Facebook Page by Monday following the ceremonies. HCTC will also live stream both ceremonies on May 4th. If you do NOT want your picture posted on the HCTC Facebook page, please contact Delcie Combs in the President's Office.

There will also be a backdrop set up at the front of The Forum where you may take your own pictures with family and friends before or after the ceremony.

Receiving Multiple Credentials

If you are graduating from programs listed above at different times, you may choose which Commencement to attend. You will be recognized for all credentials earned, regardless of which time you attend. 

For More Information or Mailing Address Change

For more information or if you have questions about commencement, you may contact Jessica Barger by email or by phone at 606-487-3532.

If you recently applied for graduation, check your self-service account now to ensure that HCTC has your correct mailing address on file. This is the address used to mail your degrees, diplomas, and certificates when we receive them from the printer. If you do make a change to your mailing address, please notify the Registrar’s Office by emailing Jessica Barger, at