Commencement 2023

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at 5:00 pm

Welcome graduates and families! Commencement is a great milestone in one’s life. It is a time where graduates, family members, and friends come together to celebrate the students of Three Rivers Community College, their dedication, and their successes.

Congratulations to the graduates in the Class of 2023!

Commencement Central

This webpage will serve as the hub for all things Commencement: the ceremony, graduate profiles, a video recording of the ceremony, Nursing Pinning information, as well as a collection of media coverage, speeches and all the relevant information pertaining to the 2023 Commencement Ceremony.

Date and Location

Commencement 2023 will take place on Wednesday, May 24 at 5:00 pm on the Green at Three Rivers Community College. The event will take place, rain or shine.

2023 Graduate Profiles

We’re excited to announce that we will have a Graduate Profiles page again in 2023. You’ll be able to see profiles of our pending graduates who participated and sign their guest book to wish them the best. View the Graduate Profiles here.

Graduates, you can access the Graduate Profile Information Form here to enter your information and upload your photo. Your profile will be posted within a week of approval.

Participation in the ceremony

The annual May ceremony allows the campus to recognize students that completed their degree at the end of the end of the Fall or Winter Terms plus those that will be finishing their degree requirements in May or August.  Students must have filed a graduation application before May 1 and must be successfully completing (or registered in for Summer) their final classes prior to the Graduation “Palooza” event.  All participating graduates must have ordered their cap/gown via Josten’s as coordinated by the Student Programming Office (SPO).

Commencement Ceremony

Those graduates and degree candidates participating in the ceremony are expected to arrive on campus by 3:30pm on May 24.  Students are asked to report to the Multi-purpose Room (D-117) where the directions will be provided and the processional line up will begin to form by 4pm.


For students that applied early, printed diplomas have been ordered.  TRCC is hopeful that diplomas will be able to be distributed at (or after) the ceremony to those that have been completed all degree requirements.   Should this not be able to be facilitated, the Registrar’s Office will be in contact with all graduates about picking up their diploma (or having it mailed) about June 1.

Cap and Gown Pick-up

Caps and gowns must be ordered by April 15 via the Cap and Gown Ordering form. Students will need to come by the “Graduation Palooza” on Monday, May 15, between 11am and 6pm at the Dining Hall (Cafeteria seating) area.

Nursing Pinning

The 61st Nursing Pinning Ceremony will take place Tuesday, May 23, at 5:00 p.m. in the Three Rivers multi-purpose room.

Day of Commencement


There is no assigned seating, however the best seats will normally be taken first and quickly. No tickets are issued to graduates to reserve seats for family.

Rain Plan

  • There will be no rain date.
  • If the weather is too inclement (thunder and lightning), Commencement will be moved indoors to the Multipurpose Room which can only accommodate students, faculty, and platform party members. All family and guests will be directed to others areas including classrooms and the Dining Hall to watch a live stream broadcast of the ceremony.

Directions and Parking

  • Directions
  • Parking is free and can be found in multiple lots around the campus.
  • Graduates will receive two parking passes with their cap and gown package, which were distributed during Graduation Palooza.


Professional photos of the graduates will be taken by GradImages™ as students receive their diploma case and again after they exit the stage. Students will receive proofs from GradImages™ via email and these can also be viewed online at, however there is no obligation to purchase.

Personal photographs and videos may be taken only from seats or in the designated photo area to the left of the stage.

View photos from commencement. 


The entire commencement will be filmed by Three Rivers and live streamed on the Three Rivers YouTube page. A link to the live stream will also be available on the Three Rivers Community College Facebook page. The video is now available on the Three Rivers YouTube Channel.


Flowers will be available for purchase before the ceremony near the Clock Tower. All proceeds will support the Three Rivers  Alumni Association.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Photographs and videos may be taken only from seats or in the designated photo area to the left of the stage.
  • Cell phones should be set to silent during the ceremony.
  • Please remain in your seat until the end of the ceremony.


View the press coverage here. 


Social Media

Please feel free to share your own photos and videos with us on social media. Be sure to use #TRCC2023.

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Please email to:  with any questions you may have related to the Commencement event.