Fall 2021 Graduation Ceremony Information

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Graduation Checklist

  • All graduation degree, certificate, or occupational skills award requirements must be completed in the semester the student applies for graduation
  • Students must complete a graduation application through their myBLINN account.
  • All accounts must be paid in full at the Business Office.
  • All holds must be cleared.

Graduation Etiquette

  • No corsages may be worn on the graduation gown.
  • Keep in mind – the robe is knee- to shin-length. Slacks or knee-length skirts are appropriate.
  • You may be standing for an hour or longer; please wear comfortable shoes.
  • If you decorate your cap, it must be tasteful; no vulgar or inappropriate language. No 3-dimensional items extending from the cap that could block someone else’s view. Decorated caps will be reviewed at the ceremony check-in. If a cap does not meet College guidelines, the student will be given a new cap to wear during the ceremony.

Cap and Gown

Blinn College provides a cap, gown, and tassel to each graduate participating in the ceremony at no cost. Caps and gowns do not need to be pre-ordered. Students participating in the ceremony on December 16, 2021, may pick up their cap and gown from November 15 through December 16. Gowns sizes are based on height; plus sizes are available. Caps and gowns may be picked up at either the Brenham or Bryan Student Activity Offices in the Student Center. If you are unable to get to the Bryan or Brenham campus locations prior to December 16, please contact Sheri Rich at the Brenham Campus at 979-830-4181 or  Sheri.Rich@blinn.edu, or Lane King at the Bryan Campus at 979-209-7585 or  lane.king@blinn.edu, to make other arrangements for obtaining the cap and gown.

Procedures on December 16, 2021 (before the ceremony)

  • Do not arrive at the Brazos County Expo Center before 4:30 p.m. This is a regular business day for Blinn College and the staff will not be available to assist graduates or their guests earlier in the day.
  • There will be a come-and-go reception hosted by the Blinn College Alumni and Friends Association for the graduates and their guests at the Brazos County Expo Center from 4:30 pm until 5:45 pm.
  • At 5:00 pm, graduates can start checking in and lining up and their guests may enter the auditorium.
  • Graduates are expected to be at the Brazos County Expo Center no later than 5:45 pm. Please plan accordingly for travel time and parking so you do not arrive late to the ceremony. There is not a rehearsal beforehand. Blinn College staff will direct graduates to the proper area to line up (please refer to the map at the end of this document for general directions to the expo center).
  • At check-in, graduates will receive a card with their name and degrees, certificates and/or occupational skills listed. Graduates must keep this card until they reach the stage, then give the card to the reader. The card will be used to read your name and to provide contact information for the photographer. Graduates who apply for graduation by November 28 and are in-progress for Fall 2021 Graduation will have a pre-printed card. Students who graduated in Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 and Spring and Summer 2021 and completed the electronic form that they plan to attend the Fall 2021 Graduation ceremony will have a pre-printed card. For students not meeting these criteria, the card will be completed at check-in.
  • Graduates will line up according to their degrees (AA, AS, or AAS), certificates, and occupational skills. Staff will assist in the line formation process throughout the ceremony.
  • Students arriving late may be placed out of order at the end of the line.
  • The procession leaves promptly at 5:50 pm, following the administration and faculty.
  • Students needing assistance with seating, participating in the procession or crossing the stage, please contact Kristi Reddoch at 979-830-4174 or kristi.reddoch@blinn.edu by December 15, 2021.
  • Please leave all personal belongings (purses, jackets, cell phones, etc.) with your guests prior to check-in. Blinn College will not be responsible for any personal items left at the Brazos County Expo Center.

Procedure During Graduation Ceremony

  • The tassel is worn on the right side of the cap.
  • All graduates will walk in single file and remain standing until after the invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, and National Anthem are completed (men, please remove caps).
  • At check-in, graduates will receive a card with their name and degrees, certificates, and/or occupational skills listed. Graduates must keep this card until they reach the stage; then give it to the reader. The card will be used to read your name and later for the photographer for contact information.
  • Each graduate will be recognized by the Chancellor. Students should receive the scroll in their left hand while shaking hands with their right hand.
  • Diplomas, certificates, and occupational skills awards will not be distributed to graduates at the ceremony. Final grades are due on Friday, December 17, 2021. Diplomas, certificates, and occupational skills awards will be mailed after the Admissions staff return to campus on January 5, 2022. Please allow several weeks to print and mail the diplomas.

Additional Information

  • Each graduate may invite as many family and friends as they wish. Please note that there is limited seating in the auditorium and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be security on-site to prevent reserved seating.
  • To have their name printed in the ceremony program, students must apply by November 28, 2021, and be eligible to graduate in Fall 2021.
  • Graduates and their guests are requested to be respectful to all graduates and the college by attending the entire ceremony.
  • Cell phones and other electronic devices should be silenced.
  • Absolutely no food, drinks, balloons, air horns, or other noisemakers allowed in the auditorium.
  • For information on obtaining a class ring, please contact the Blinn College Bookstore (Brenham – 979-251-7810 or Bryan – 979-775-1846).
  • FLASH Photography is the official commencement photographer. Graduates will be photographed and proofs will be sent to each graduate the weeks after the ceremony. If you have any questions, please contact Flash directly via their website at www.FLASHphotography.com.
  • Check the Graduation FAQs.
  • For additional questions, please contact Kristi Reddoch in the Brenham Admissions office at Kristi.reddoch@blinn.edu or 979-830-4174.

Tassels, Stoles, and Cords

Members of the following organizations may obtain special tassels, stoles, or cords from the organization’s coordinators. Please contact the coordinator for price and pick-up location.

Phi Theta Kappa-Brenham

Coordinator: Dillon Phipps
Email: Dillon.phipps@blinn.edu  
Phone: 979-830-4098
Office: Academic Building, Office 4
Coordinator: Sophia Polk
Email: sophia.polk@blinn.edu  
Phone: 979-830-4134
Office: Disability Services Office,
Administration Building

Phi Theta Kappa-Bryan

Coordinator: Emily Erdmann
Email: emily.erdmann@blinn.edu  
Phone: 979-209-8282
Office: A-279
Coordinator: Melissa Meek
Email: melissa.meek@blinn.edu  
Phone: 979-209-8026
Office: Health Building, Office 254

Sigma Kappa Delta-Brenham

Coordinator: David Perez
Email: david.perez@blinn.edu  
Phone: 979-830-4411
Office: Academic Building, Office 13
Coordinator: Clinton Hale
Email: Clinton.hale@blinn.edu  
Phone: 979-830-4403
Office: Academic Bldg, Room 14 (Writing Center)
Coordinator: Amanda Phipps
Email: amanda.phipps@blinn.edu  
Phone: 979-830-4186
Office: Academic Bldg, Office 13

Sigma Kappa Delta-Bryan

Coordinator: Regina Peters
Email: regina.peters@blinn.edu  
Phone: 979-209-8959
Office: H-172

Mu Alpha Theta

Coordinator: Matthew Walker
Email: matthew.walker@blinn.edu
Phone: 979-830-4302
Office: Academic Bldg, Office 24

Military Veterans

Coordinator: Dr. Larry Van Meter
Email: Larry.Vanmeter@blinn.edu
Phone: 979-209-7504
Office: A-208

Service Learning-Brenham and Bryan

Coordinator: Joyce Langenegger
Email: joyce.langenegger@blinn.edu
Phone: 979-209- 8991
Office: In Brenham – Library, In Bryan – H 155

Student Government Association-Brenham

Coordinator: Peter Rivera
Email: peter.rivera@blinn.edu
Phone: 979-830-4189
Office: Student Center, Room 111

Student Government Association-Bryan

Coordinator: Lane King
Email: lane.king@blinn.edu
Phone: 979-209-7585
Office: F-124

Map to Brazos County Expo – 5827 Leonard Rd., Bryan, TX 77807

Graduates, guests, faculty, and staff can enter the Expo Center through the main entrance.

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