Commencement Ceremony Information | HCTC

Commencement Ceremony Information

Commencement Information

Hazard Community and Technical College will host two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 4, 2024. The ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 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 both Commencement Ceremonies will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at The Forum.

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.

Morning 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 ceremony 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

**Includes students who receive the nurse aide certificate.

Any other ceremonies related to programs such as pinning ceremonies, luncheons, etc. will be announced within your program. Please contact your advisor/program coordinator for any specific details. 

Afternoon Commencement Ceremony, 2:00 p.m.

If you are graduating from any program listed below (including related certificates), you should arrive by 12:30 p.m. for check-in. Your commencement ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m.

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Advanced Integrated Technology/Applied Process Technologies (Lineman)
  • Air Conditioning Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Aided Drafting & Design
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Construction Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Diesel Technology
  • Education
  • Electrical Technology
  • General Occupational/Technical Studies
  • Heavy Equipment Operation
  • Human Services
  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Professional Studio Artist
  • Surveying and Mapping Technology
  • Truck Driver Training (CDL)
  • Unmanned Systems Technology
  • Visual Communications
  • Welding Technology

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 Thursday, April 4, 2024.

Students may also order their cap/gown during the Spring Fling on the Hazard Campus, Tuesday, March 12. The bookstore will be setup along with food and other informational tables.

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 Tuesday, March 5, 2024 (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