Graduation

Graduation Workshops

These workshops will give you helpful information leading up to and including the ceremony.They will last approximately 30 to 40 minutes, depending on questions.

  • Graduation Workshop on Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30 PM
  • in the Ravens Nest.

Graduation

Graduation is not automatic, but it is free to all eligible students. Once you are ready to graduate from RACC you must notify RACC of this intent by applying for graduation through Self-Service. Log into myRACC, click on "Self-Service/WebAdvisor" and select the box labeled "Application for Graduation".2014-Graduation.jpg

RACC has 3 graduations. The Ceremony is only in May. Anyone graduating in December is invited to return the following May to walk in the Ceremony.

Moving? In the event you will be leaving the area following graduation, please email Holly Kline. Include your ID number, the address to which you wish your diploma mailed, and a contact phone number. All debts to the College must be paid before diplomas will be released.

Graduation Dates
Graduation Month Apply Starting Diploma Mailed Notes
May January 1st Diploma mailed no later than August 15th If you apply between January and March 15th you are guaranteed to have your name in the program. If you apply between the first Tuesday in April to the actual date of graduation, you are not guaranteed to have your name in the program. However, you may still walk in the ceremony and your name will be called on stage.
August June 1st Diploma mailed no later than  August 15th If you applied for May graduation and are approved by the Dean to complete summer courses, you do not need to apply. (Your application will be moved from May to August.)
December September 1st Diploma mailed no later than  February 15th Anyone graduating in December is invited to return the following May to walk in the Ceremony. Keep watching the website in January for more information.

 

Ordering a transcript with degree on it:

  • Option 1: Complete the form in the Records office and check the box marked 'Hold for Degree Earned' statement. These requests will be filled first. You will be called to come pick it up. $6.00 fee.

  • Option 2: Complete the request online, make sure you check the box to Hold for Graduation. These requests will also be filled first. These will be mailed/emailed per your request. $6.00+ fee.

Learn more about Requesting Transcripts.

If you have questions, contact Benjamin Rosenberger or Holly Kline preferably by email or call 610-372-4721 ext. 5110 or 5466, respectively.

General Information

  1. You must first preregister for your final semester so that your program evaluation includes all the courses you plan to take.
  2. Make an appointment with your Academic Advisor to review your program evaluation and any waivers you might need. Do this 1 to 2 semesters before you believe you are eligible so that if you need a class you will be able to register for it.
  3. Application Process
    All students should apply for graduation online through Self-Service. Log into myRACC, click on "Self-Service/WebAdvisor" and select the box labeled "Application for Graduation".
    • For May Only:
      • Please order your Cap and Gown. THERE IS NO COST FOR YOUR CAP AND GOWN! There are additional items you may choose to purchase if you wish such as additional tassels, etc. This site will open for ordering beginning January 7th and close on March 15th. If you miss the deadline for ordering cap and gowns please plan to attend the Graduation Fair in the Bookstore. Extra cap and gowns will be available and they will do their best to accommodate all sizes but come early because it will be on a first come basis.
         
      • Please pick up your cap and gown at the Graduation Fair (see below) to be held in the Student Bookstore, Berks Hall, on: Tuesday, April 23th 9am-6pm or Wednesday, April 24th, 9am-5pm.

        If you are unable to pick up your cap and gown at the Graduation Fair, you may also pick it up after the fair in The Student Bookstore at the following times: Monday - Thursday, 9am-5pm, or Fridays 9am-2pm.

        Students are encouraged to pick up caps and gowns by May 1 to ensure proper fit and presentation (i.e. hang to remove wrinkles).

  4. Watch your Ravens email for a reply regarding eligibility for graduation from your area Dean. Your diploma will be sent via US Mail to your home address.

2019 Ceremony

Commencement Ceremony

  • WHEN: May 10, 2019
  • WHERE: The Santander Arena, 700 Penn St., Reading, PA. Please use the Penn Street entrance.
  • TIME: 2:00PM - Please follow instructions upon your arrival.There will be ambassadors available to direct you!

Commencement is a special event. You should dress appropriately for the occasion (jeans, shorts, sneakers are not considered appropriate attire).

10 Reasons to Speak at Graduation

Reading Area Community College annually selects a graduating student to speak at commencement. The chosen student speaker will have the opportunity to represent the graduating class at commencement.

Read the guidelines for submitting an application.

Reception

A reception with light refreshments will be held for graduates and their guest to honor the graduating class immediately following the ceremony.

Live Broadcast

The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on the college website. Please note: In case of technical difficulties the broadcast will run “on demand” a few days later.

Restrictions

The Santander Arena does not allow any types of balloons to be brought in for the ceremony. Please see the www.santander-arena.com for other information regarding their policies for entering the arena and allow extra time for arrival for the ceremony.

Special Arrangements

If you need accommodations due to a disability, notify Judy Rubright at jrubright@racc.edu. Interpreters for hearing impaired individual(s) will be present during the graduation ceremony.

Graduates / Transportation & Parking

Parking is limited. All graduates should park on the RACC Campus and use the shuttle service provided by the college. The first student shuttle will leave the front entrance of Berks Hall at 12:30 PM. Students are expected to be at The Santander Arena by 1pm. Shuttle service back to campus begins at 3:30pm with the last one departing at 4:45pm.

If you prefer to park on campus and walk to The Santander Arena please make sure you allow enough time to arrive no later than 1pm. The shuttle service is for students and staff only! 

Guest Tickets / Parking

Tickets are NOT necessary for the graduation ceremony at The Santander Arena for you or your guests. The doors will open to the public beginning at 1pm. You are welcome to invite as many guests as you like.

  • GUEST PARKING INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT A LATER DATE!

FREE PARKING WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE RACC CAMPUS IN THE FRONT AND WASHINGTON GARAGE FOR YOUR GUESTS WHO PREFER TO WALK A FEW SHORT BLOCKS TO THE SANTANDER ARENA.

Graduation Fair

  • WHEN: Tuesday, April 23th (9:00-6:00) and Wednesday, April 24th (9:00-5:00)
  • WHERE: Student Bookstore in Berks Hall
  • WHAT:
    • Cap/Gown/Tassel and Gratitude Stole Pick up
    • Honor Cord Distribution
    • PTK Stole and Tassel Distribution
    • A vendor will be there to sell a variety of graduation items (optional announcements, frames, etc.)

Graduation Honors/Honor Cords

The College recognizes an Academic Honors Group at graduation. The Academic Honors List includes the names of graduates who have earned 30 hours or more of their coursework at Reading Area Community College and earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better. Pre-college level developmental classes will be excluded from calculation of the official graduation GPA and from consideration of graduation honors.

Honor students will be recognized as follows:

  • Cum Laude: 3.50-3.74 cumulative grade point average
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.75-3.94 cumulative grade point average
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.95-4.00 cumulative grade point average

These cords will be distributed at the Graduation Fair or email Judy Rubright to arrange for an alternate time if you are unable to attend the Graduation Fair.  

Gratitude Stole

The Student Government Association has purchased a Gratitude Stole for each graduate and they will be distributed with your cap and gown. In addition to making the graduation attire more attractive, these stoles may be used as gifts of gratitude for someone who has made a difference in your time at RACC and helped you achieve graduation. You may write a personal note on it with a Sharpie and AFTER the ceremony, present it to the person you choose. Or you may keep it yourself as a graduation memento. Please remember to wear it for the graduation ceremony, and do not give it away until after the ceremony. Additional stoles may be purchased through the Bookstore for $25.98

Phi Theta Kappa Members

Please contact Danelle Bower at extension 5451 or B-513 if you wish to purchase the gold stole and tassel for the graduation ceremony!

The PTK stole and tassel may be picked up at the graduation fair.  Please pre-pay in the cashier’s office and show your receipt at the Graduation Fair.

Honor Program Students

Students who complete 15 HONORS CREDITS WITH AN OVERALL GPA OF 3.25 OR HIGHER IN ALL HONORS COURSES may apply for an Honors Certificate and Honors Diploma. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Pamela Blakeley.

FAQ's

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