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Graduation FAQ’s

Q: I complete my degree or certificate requirements soon. Will I automatically receive my degree or certificate once I finish my courses?
A: No, degrees and certificates are not awarded automatically. You must apply for graduation by the specified deadlines.
Q: How do I apply for graduation?
A: Go to, click on Admissions and Records, click on Forms and scroll down to Application for graduation. After filling out this form you must have an advisor’s signature. This form will NOT be accepted in A&R without an Advisor's signature.
Students will receive confirmation of graduation status by mail once applications have been processed (usually within 4 weeks). Students participating in the graduation ceremony will receive instructions by email (TC Email) approximately one month prior to the ceremony.
Q: When do I apply for graduation?
A: You must be registered in your remaining required courses before submitting a graduation application unless you are a Summer graduate participating in the May graduation ceremony.
Graduation Application Deadlines:
    Fall: October 1
    Spring: February 1
    Summer: June 1 (February 1 for participation in May ceremony)
Q: I don't want to participate in the graduation ceremony. Do I still have to apply for graduation?
A: Yes.
Q: Is there a fee for graduation?
A: There is no graduation fee unless the deadline is missed. A $30.00 graduation fee will be accessed for late submissions.
Students participating in the graduation ceremony must purchase a cap and gown from the TC Bookstore. The cost is usually $30 - $35.
Q: When is graduation?
A: Graduation is held every May. Participation is ceremonial only and does not confer on a student’s rights to a degree or certificate.
Q: How do I get my cap and gown?
A: Caps and gowns are purchased through the TC Bookstore beginning approximately three weeks before the ceremony.
Q: Is there a way for me to get a graduation photo?
A: FLASH Photography will be photographing each graduate during the commencement ceremony. Complimentary proofs will be mailed to the graduates within one week of the ceremony. If you have any questions, please contact Flash Photography via their website at
Q: I finished all my graduation requirements in a previous semester, but didn't know I was supposed to apply for graduation. What do I do now?
A: You may still apply for graduation. However, we cannot grant you a degree or certificate until the end of the semester in which you submit your graduation application. If it has been more than a year since you were last enrolled, you may be required to meet the graduation requirements that are currently in place.
Q: What are the graduation requirements?
A: Graduation requirements are in the TC catalog under the degree student is receiving. For AA degree, look under Academic Transfer. For AAS degree, look under Technical Programs, or meet with an Advisor. Final responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements rests with the student.
Q: I transferred to a university before I completed my graduation requirements at TC. Is it possible to transfer courses back to TC from the university to complete my graduation requirements?
A: Yes. To begin this process, you should request that your university send an official transcript to the Temple College Admissions and Records Office. Please contact the A&R in advance so that we will know you want your transcript evaluated for graduation. Students who were not enrolled at TC during the preceding academic year must meet current graduation requirements even if different from the graduation requirements that were in place during the student's attendance at TC. A minimum of the last 18 semester hours at Temple College or a total of 32 semester hours of work at Temple College must be completed to be eligible for graduation. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions and Records at 254-298-8330.
Q: When will I receive my diploma?
A: Diplomas are not awarded at the graduation ceremony, but will be mailed when the Registrar's Office certifies that all graduation requirements have been met, usually 4 - 6 weeks after the end of the semester.
Q: I am applying for a job and need to provide proof of my degree, but I can't wait until my diploma arrives in the mail. What do I do?
A: The transcript is the official record of graduation. Graduation information is typically posted to transcripts within 5 business days of the end of the semester. The first 5 transcripts are free and may be obtained from Admissions and Records in the One College Centre. Requests for transcripts (must include your signature) may also be mailed or faxed to:
    Temple College
    Admissions & Records
    2600 South First
    Temple, TX 76504
    Fax: (254) 298-8288
Q: I need another copy of my diploma. How do I get one?
A: Diploma re-print request forms are available through the Admissions and Records website by clicking on Forms. The cost is $10 per diploma

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