Commencement Ceremony Details

Commencement Ceremony Details

Commencement will be Friday, May 15, 2020, at 7:00 pm in the Mary Miller Gymnasium. Your guests should be seated prior to 6:45 p.m. in the area on the gym floor behind the graduates and faculty or in the bleachers. Please do not instruct your guests to stand against the back wall in the gym. They will be asked to be seated. Guests may park on the north side of the Technology Center.

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Apparel: Caps and gowns are, of course, the “uniform of the day.” Caps should be placed so that the mortarboard is level, with the long point of the crown at the back. Tassels should be on the right until the Tassel Ceremony following the awarding of the diplomas and certificates. Caps & Gowns do NOT need to be returned…They are yours to keep. You will also be happy to know that they are made from 100% recycled materials.

Graduate Processional: Graduates and faculty will line up at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Mary Miller Gymnasium. In case of rain, line-up will be in the South Corridor (in the lower level) of the Mary Miller Complex. Graduates will line up in alphabetical order by their last name. Board members and faculty will precede graduates in the processional. Student Marshals will lead the graduates into the gym.

Diplomas: During the Commencement ceremony, you will receive a diploma cover.  The actual diploma will be sent to you approximately four weeks after the final grades are turned in to the Records Office.  Please make sure that the Records Office (443-8797) has your correct address.  Also, please note your DACC transcript will reflect your degree and/or certificate approximately two weeks after the term ends.

Graduation Pictures:  A photographer will be at the graduation ceremony to take pictures of the graduates for the local newspapers.  During the ceremony, Memory Lane Photography will take one or more color photographs of each graduate as he/she receives a diploma.  They will also be available after the ceremony for posed pictures.  The proofs will be available (about 48 hours after the ceremony) on their website at  The password for DACC proofs will be DACCGRAD.  Proofs will remain online for 60 days. 


Degrees with Distinction

Degrees with distinction are based on 2 major qualifications: 1) the student must be a “degree” completer; certificate completers are not eligible and 2) the student’s cumulative grade point average at the end of the Fall 2016 semester.  Graduation dress for students graduating with honors is as follows:

3.500 – 3.749              Cum Laude                             Gold Tassel

3.750 – 3.999              Magna Cum Laude                 Gold Tassel and Gold Cord

4.000*                         Summa Cum Laude                Gold Tassel, Gold Cord, and Medallion

*Due to the “highest distinction,” summa cum laude candidates’ cumulative grade point averages are calculated using the grades earned at Danville Area Community College as well as any grades transferred in from another college that are used for degree completion.

Students’ ability to be recognized at the graduation ceremony is based on the cumulative grade-point average calculated at the end of the fall semester prior to the spring ceremony.  Transcript notations of cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude are based on the total grade-point average, including the final semester prior to graduation.

DACC would like to honor United States’ veterans and those who are currently serving in one of the United States’ armed forces with a red, white, and blue cord.  Please notify the Records Office if you fall into one of these categories.  We will distribute the cords at the ceremony practice on Friday morning.

DACC also distinguishes graduates who have participated in the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the DACC Scholars Program.  The gold stole represents membership in Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, minimum G.P.A. 3.50.  The white honors cord signifies successful completion of DACC Scholars Program requirements, minimum G.P.A. 3.50 and four independent study projects.


Extra Note for the Ceremony!

We are pleased to announce that we have a record number of graduates participating in the ceremony this year.  However, due to the record number, we are issuing 6 tickets to the graduates for guest admissions.  You will pick up your tickets either when you pick up your cap & gown at the DACC Follett Bookstore after May 1, or if you already have a gown from a previous year, pick your tickets up in the Records Office in Vermilion Hall any time after May 1.


For Additional Information, Please Contact:
DACC Records Office
Vermilion Hall
2000 E. Main Street
Danville, IL 61832
Phone: 217-443-8797
Fax: 217-443-8337

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