Graduation Guidelines

  • Carroll's president presides over an annual commencement ceremony in May. Students graduating in August, December and May may participate, and their family and friends are welcome to attend. For information about the ceremony, contact the Registrar's Office at 410-386-8440. The following are guidelines for graduating from Carroll.
  • Applying to Graduate

    Upon registering for the final Carroll term, students must meet with an advisor to complete a graduation audit and apply for graduation. Students must apply to graduate, via the Lynx Student Portal, whether or not they participate in the graduation ceremony. Students should periodically check-in with Advising, and apply early to assure that the appropriate courses are completed to meet graduation and transfer goals.

    Graduation Application Deadlines

    • March 1 - graduating in May and participating in May commencement graduation ceremony
    • May 15 - graduating in May and not participating in the May commencement graduation ceremony
    • Aug. 7 - graduating in August
    • Dec. 11 - graduating in December

    Student Checklist

    • Apply for Graduation via Lynx Student Portal
    • Meet with an advisor for unofficial graduation audit
    • Check email for graduation application confirmation
    • For commencement attenders, check email in March and April for commencement information
    • Pay bills/fines. Your account must be paid prior to receiving your diploma or transcript.
    • Send transcripts to your transfer college or employer—please request your transcript prior to exam week so that it can be immediately processed (upon posting of grades or degree, as your recipient requires).

    Graduating with Honors

    Students who qualify for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Sciences, Associate of Applied Sciences, Associate of Science in Engineering, or Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees and have a cumulative grade point average equivalent to 3.500 or higher are recognized at the commencement ceremony as graduating with honors during the ceremony. These honor students wear a gold cord to signify their achievement.

    Alpha Beta Gamma (Business), Alpha Delta Nu (Nursing), Delta Alpha Pi (students with disabilities), Phi Theta Kappa (two-year college honors), Hill Scholars, and Leadership Challenge students wear special regalia during the commencement ceremony. These students need to obtain honor garb from the honor society advisor.

    When diplomas are issued, official formal honors are noted on the diploma, as follows:

    • 3.500 to 3.749 graduate Cum Laude (with honors)
    • 3.750 to 3.899 graduate Magna Cum Laude (with high honors)
    • 3.900 to 4.000 graduate Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors)

    Transferring Back to Carroll/Reverse Transfer

    Students, who transfer prior to completing the associate degree, may transfer appropriate credits back to Carroll to complete their Carroll degree. Students in this situation must have taken at least 15 Carroll credits. If interested in completing your Carroll associate degree by reverse transfer, please send an official transcript to the Records Office and contact the Advising and Transfer Center at 410-386-8435 or at for information about reverse transfer and to complete a graduation application.

    Commencement/Graduation FAQs

    Commencement Rehearsal  

    Mandatory Rehearsal: May 26, 2021, 1:00 pm,  McDaniel College, Gill Center

    At rehearsal, we will line up and practice. You will have an opportunity to pronounce your name for the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, have professional photos (single or group) taken by the photographer, enjoy a snack, and mingle with graduates and faculty.

    Report to graduation by 1:00 pm for rehearsal. Please be on time. Pickup your name card. Line up in alphabetical order and wait for instructions from a Marshall. Pay attention if your card is marked with the wording “start new row.” After processing into the gym and taking your seat, you are to come to the platform on instruction from a Marshall.  Please go to top of step and hand your name card to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. Walk to the center of the platform to receive your diploma. Take the diploma in your left hard so you can shake hands with the President with your right hand (pause for a photo). Shake hands with the Chair of the Board of Trustees and continue off the platform. The photographer will take your picture and a Marshall will direct you back to your seat.

    Below is a diagram for your walking from your seat to the stage and back to your seat after receiving your diploma.

    graduation walking diagram

    Recessional is in the reverse order as the processional, following the instruction of the Marshalls.

    Commencement Ceremony   

    May 26, 2021, McDaniel College, Gill Center. We start promptly at 3pm. Please ask your guests to arrive by 2:45!
    Doors Open to Guests at 2:15 pm. We encourage all students to stay at the Gill Center between the rehearsal and the ceremony.

    Commencement Regalia and Garb 

    Commencement Garb ordering and pickup is handled by the Records Office.  You will indicate height and weight as you apply to graduate.  The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.  If you would like someone else to pick up your garb, you will need to provide written permission (including your signature) for him/her or reply to email announcement with information about your designee.  You or your designee must bring photo id.     

    These are the prices for available items:

    Item Price


    (cap/tassel, gown, stole, and 10 graduation announcements)

    $ 45.00
    Honor Cord $ 10.00

    Honor Cord

    (borrowed; return at diploma pick-up)

    $   0.00
    Additional Announcements (10/pkg) $   5.00
    Extra Tassel $   4.00
    DVD of the Ceremony $   5.00

    Special Regalia:

    • Honor Cord: If you are not sure whether you may wear an honor cord, please check your GPA using Lynx Student Portal. Students with a 3.500 cumulative G.P.A. or higher as of May 1st may wear a gold cord during the ceremony. 

    • If you belong to ABG, ADN, PTK or DAP, you must see your honor society advisor to discuss that garb.
    • If you are a veteran, please let us know when you pick up your garb. We would like to recognize you during the ceremony.


    No tickets are needed for commencement.


    Directions - From Route 31 East, turn left on Route 32/West Main Street. Cars will enter the Main Street Entrance near the stadium; all other entrances will be barricaded. All vehicles will follow a one-way traffic pattern. Graduating students are to park in General Parking. Please carpool if possible. 
    Handicap parking will be located in the rear of the Gill Gymnasium and limited to vehicles with state issued handicap tags.

    There is a designated drop off area for the handicap as well as the general public on the backside of the gym. This is the closest and easiest entrance into the gym. Watch for signs.


    Worn on right side on the cap prior to the ceremony.

    Cap Decoration

    We encourage students to decorate their caps for the ceremony.  


    Graduates will be sent photo proofs by Grad Images.  Information at www.gradimages.comor email

    Special Accommodations

    Graduates needing assistance prior or during the ceremony may discuss their needs with the Records Office. For ceremony guests utilizing wheelchairs will be accommodated at the front of the auditorium. Please ask the ushers for direction—there is limited family seating in this area. The majority of guests should plan to sit in regular seating. Interpreters will sign during the ceremony. Interpreters will be located to the right of the stage.

    Merit Scholarships 

    If you have been awarded a merit scholarship from a 4-year institution and would like to be recognized at commencement, please submit a copy of your award letter to the Records Office at

    Graduations versus Commencement

    Carroll Community College has three graduations, August, December and May, with all graduates invited to participate in the commencement ceremony in May. August and December graduates participate in the following May commencement ceremony. 

    What appears on my diploma? 

    Name, degree and latin honors (if applicable) appear on your diploma. Degree, major, concentration (if applicable) and latin honors (if applicable) appear on your transcript.

    Will I receive my diploma on commencement day?   

    You will receive a commemorative picture and congratulations letter from the President in a Carroll Community College diploma cover.   You do not receive your actual diploma on commencement day. 

    Diploma pickup

    You will be emailed when your diploma is ready for pickup.   August diplomas will be available in late August.  December diplomas will be available in mid January.  May diplomas will be available in early June.

    Diploma reprints  

    Contact  for information on obtaining a diploma reprint.

    Video Release and Authorization 

    I hereby consent for the Board of Trustees of Carroll Community College and its employees, volunteers, successors, and assigns (hereinafter referred to as "the Board") to record my picture and voice on photographs, films and audio and videotapes, to edit these recordings at the discretion of the Board, and to incorporate these recordings into movie and sound films or audio and videotapes, webcast, streaming, broadcasts (radio and television, including cable and satellite transmissions), programs, or otherwise, to use in any manner of media whatsoever, including unrestricted use for purposes of publicity, advertising, and to use my name, likeness, or voice in connection therewith. I hereby release the Board from any and all claims for damages for libel, slander, invasion of privacy or any other claim based on the use of the above-described materials. I further waive any rights conferred under federal copyright laws or any other rights I might otherwise have in the materials and the subsequent broadcast or commercial, educational, or other use by the Board. I understand that the recordings are the exclusive property of the Board and the Board owns all rights to these recordings regardless of the form in which they are produced or used. Further, I agree that I am not entitled to nor was I promised any compensation for the making of such recordings or their use.

    I have read and understood the contents of this Release, wherefore, I have applied for graduation.

    Further Graduation/Commencement Questions – contact the Records Office at

    Financial Balance Questions – contact Cashier’s Office at