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Commencement Ceremony Information

Commencement/Pinning Ceremony Information

Hazard Community and Technical College will host three commencement ceremonies on May 7, 2022. The ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. with information about attendance at each ceremony located below.

The graduation ceremonies will be held at the Forum in Hazard, Kentucky.

The Forum
101 Bulldog Lane
Hazard, KY 41701

Rehearsal for the Graduation Ceremony will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at The Forum.

Allied Health Commencement Ceremony, 10:00 a.m.*

If you are graduating from any program listed below (including related certificates), you should arrive by 8:00 a.m. for check-in. Your Commencement will begin at 10:00 a.m.

  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Information Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (Phlebotomy)
  • Nursing (RN, LPN, KMA, MNA)**
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Radiography
  • Surgical Technology

*Nursing Pinning Ceremony information is located at the end of the page.

**Includes nurse aides.

Advanced Technologies and Public Services Commencement Ceremony, 1:00 p.m.

If you are graduating from any program listed below (including related certificates), you should arrive by 12:00 noon for check-in. Your Commencement will begin at 1:00 p.m.

  • Advanced Integrated Technology (Lineman)
  • Air Conditioning Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Aided Drafting & Design
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Diesel Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • General Occupational/Technical Studies
  • Heavy Equipment Operations
  • Human Services
  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Surveying and Mapping Technology
  • Telehealth Technician Associate
  • Truck Driver Training (CDL)
  • Unmanned Systems Technology
  • Visual Communications Multimedia
  • Welding Technology

Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Project Lead the Way, and Professional Studio Artist Commencement Ceremony, 4:00 p.m.

If you are graduating with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Project Lead the Way, or from the Professional Studio Artist program, you should arrive by 3:00 p.m. for check-in. Your Commencement will begin at 4:00 p.m.

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. Students will need to purchase Graduation Attire online from the HCTC Bookstore. 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.

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

The Lees College Campus Bookstore will be open on Wednesday, April 13, in Telford 210, from 9:30am – 3:00 p.m. for students to stop by in-person to order graduation caps and gowns; and open Thursday, May 5, in Telford 210, from 9:30-3:00 p.m. to pick up graduation orders. 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.

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 all three ceremonies on May 7th. 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. 

Nursing Pinning Ceremonies

The nursing pinning ceremonies will be held in Jackson and Hazard as follows:

Practical Nursing Ceremony, May 6, 2022, 7:00 p.m., will held be at the Lees College Campus in Jackson Kentucky.

Lees College Campus, E.O. Robinson Intergenerational Building
601 Jefferson Ave
Jackson, KY 41339


Registered Nursing Ceremony, May 8, 2022, 2:00 p.m., will be held at the Hazard Campus in Hazard, Kentucky.

Hazard Campus, First Federal Center
One Community College Drive
Hazard, KY 41701

For More Information

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