GED Graduation 2013 - Information
As Bristol Community College plans for the traditional GED graduation the following information should be helpful. Please read instructions carefully.
The graduation ceremony will begin, rain or shine, on the BCC Elsbree Street campus under the Commencement tent Sunday, June 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. You should arrive on campus at 10:00 a.m. and check in at the Jackson Arts Center (H building).
Guests are asked to go directly to the tent to be seated in order to make the task of lining up graduates easier. Please follow the instructions of the ushers. Seating for guests is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Children, however, will not be able to sit with graduates, so please plan for supervision.
Plan accordingly for adverse weather conditions. Also note that part of the processional involves walking through the campus grounds. You will march through the tent on grassy areas; please wear appropriate shoes.
Commencement photographs In order to help you in planning the best way to capture commencement memories, please be aware of the following:
President Sbrega invites you to have your photographs taken with him after the ceremony. We ask that you provide your own camera and bring someone to take the picture.
Gradimages™ featuring Gradtrak® is the official commencement photographer. An individual photograph of each graduate will be taken after descending the stage. A proof of the photograph will be mailed to you along with information on ordering copies and enlargements.
Graduation program listing
Your name will appear alphabetically in the graduation program and will be announced as you receive your certificate. Medals will be awarded to individuals who have achieved a score of 2,500 or above.
**Local newspapers will be attending this event; if you do not wish your name/photo to be in the newspaper, please let us know when you RSVP.
The GED ceremony will be simulcast by Fall River Community Television on channel 95. Fall River cable subscribers can watch the ceremony live on channel 95 beginning at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be rebroadcast frequently during the month of June; exact times will be posted on channel 95. In addition the ceremony will also be streamed live online at www.frctv.org.
Requests for accommodations for graduates and/or guests should be made in advance. When you call to RSVP 508-678-2811 extension 2270, please let us know if you and/or your guests need accommodations to access this program of events. A wheelchair lift to the stage will be provided for graduates, and reserved seating is available for guests with disabilities.
American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be on stage translating. If you or your guests require Communication access real-time translation (cart) or an assistive listening device (ALD), please contact Julie Jodoin at ext. 2568 or by videophone (VP) at 508.689.7616.
Cap and gown
You must pick up your mandatory cap and gown at the bookstore in the Commonwealth College Center (G building) beginning Monday, May 6th. You must bring a photo ID and gown fee of $34.00. The BCC Bookstore accepts cash, credit/debit card, and personal checks as acceptable methods of payment. All items must be picked up before Friday, May 31st at 5 p.m.
On Sunday, June 2, 2013 the ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. sharp, rain or shine.
BCC Bookstore Hours:
The Store hours from April 29th – June 1st
Mon. April 29th – Fri. May 3rd - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Mon. May 6th – Fri. May 10th - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Mon. May 13th – Thurs. May 16th - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Fri. May 17th - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Sat. May 18th - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Mon. May 20th - 9:00am to 7:00
Tues. May 21th – Fri. May 24th - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Mon. May 27th - CLOSED
Tues. May 28th – Fri. May 31st - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sat. June 1st - 8:00am to 2:00pm
Schedule of Events
|10:00 a.m.||Check in at H building to receive nametag and medal if score achieved of 2,500 or above.||Jackson arts center lobby (H bldg.)|
|10:20 a.m.||Line up alphabetically in classrooms.|
|11:00 a.m. Sharp||March into the tent and be seated
(Ushers will help direct you to your seat)
In the event of rain or the threat of rain, please bring an umbrella for protection during the processional from the Arts Center to the tent.
|From Arts Center to tent|
|During the ceremony||Go up on stage to receive your diploma; return to your seat.
March out of tent behind the platform party and faculty.
|After the ceremony||Optional picture taking with President Sbrega.||Left of stage|
Final Exam Schedule available
Commencement 2013 - Information
As Bristol Community College plans for the traditional celebrations of Commencement and the Student Awards Ceremony, the following information should be helpful .
Student Awards Ceremony
You are invited to attend the Student Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 23, 2013, which begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the Margaret L. Jackson Arts Center with a reception to follow from 8–10 p.m. in the Commonwealth College Center. This is a free event, which is open to the entire College community and their guests. The reception will include hot and cold hors d’oeuvres by Chef John Caressimo, and musical entertainment will be provided. Student awards will be presented for academic achievement, service to the College, and other areas of performance. PLEASE NOTE: If selected for an award, recipients will receive notification from the Student Awards Committee by mail prior to the event.
The Commencement Ceremony will begin, rain or shine, on the BCC Elsbree Street Campus under a large tent Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a reception in the Commonwealth College Center (G-Building) cafeteria. Light refreshments will be served. You should arrive on campus at 9:30 a.m. and check in at the Jackson Arts Center (H building) lobby.
Additional instructions will be outlined in the Graduation Information memo you will receive when you pick up your cap and gown at the BCC Bookstore. Seating for guests is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating outside of the tent.
You may pick up your degree/certificate after the ceremony in the Cafeteria of the Commonwealth College Center (G building). Degrees and certificates for graduates who are unable to attend the ceremony will be mailed the week following graduation.
Commencement Program Listing
Your name will not appear in the Commencement program or in local newspapers if you have a privacy hold placed on your record. However, your name will still be announced during the Commencement proceedings. If you currently do have a privacy hold on your record, but do want to be listed on the program and in newspapers, please report to the BCC Enrollment Center by Friday, April 20.
Honors designations in the Commencement program are based on your total GPA at the end of the Spring 2012 semester.
Requests for accommodations for graduates and/or guests should be made in advance, preferably by Monday, April 29, 2013. If you and/or your guests need accommodations to access this program of events, please contact the BCC Office of Disability Services at 508-678-2811 ext. 2955. A wheelchair lift to the stage will be provided for graduates, and reserved seating is available for guests with disabilities. However, please contact the BCC Office of Disability Services in advance to discuss the details of the accommodation.
If you and/or your guests need an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) or an Assistive Listening Device (ALD), please contact Julie Jodoin at Julie.Jodoin@bristolcc.edu, at ext. 2568 or by videophone (VP) at 508.689.7616.
Cap and Gown
You may pick up your cap and gown, and a Graduation Information memo at the Bookstore in the Commonwealth College Center (G building) beginning May 10. All items must be picked up before Tuesday, May 28 at 6 p.m.
Bookstore hours for the Month of May:
Week of May 1 – Monday thru Friday, 9 am-4 pm
Week of May 8 – Monday thru Friday, 9 am-4 pm
Week of May 15 – Monday thru Thursday, 9 am-6 pm, Friday, 9 am-4 pm, Saturday, 9 am-3 pm
Week of May 22 – Monday, 9 am-7 pm, Tuesday thru Friday 9 am-4 pm
Week of May 29 – Tuesday thru Friday 9 am-5 pm, Saturday 8 am-2 pm
Note: Closed for the Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 27, 2013.
Phi Theta Kappa Honors Stoles
PTK Honors Stoles are worn by PTK members at graduation and distinguishes them as honor students and campus scholars. PTK Stoles may be picked up April 8 through May 24, 2013 in the Commonwealth College Center, room G211, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and in G200, Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, contact Sue Raposo at ext. 2234.
Graduating Student Auditions for the National Anthem singer
Are you a singer? Would you like to sing the National Anthem at Commencement? Auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Commonwealth College Center Cafeteria.
Graduating Student Satisfaction Questionnaire
Please complete the Graduating Student Satisfaction Questionnaire, which will be available in March through your accessBCC account. After you log into your account, click on the My accessBCC tab and look under My Quick Links.
Important information and instructions:
If you have questions about your degree audit, call 508.678.2811, ext. 2364. For all other questions, call ext. 2240 or stop in at the Enrollment Center on the first floor of the Commonwealth College Center. The College web page will post updated Commencement information as necessary.
Please note: Graduates who are Massachusetts residents may be required to apply for health insurance if they are no longer covered by the student health insurance or other coverage. For more information, contact the state’s Health Connector at 1-877.MA.ENROLL or via the state website www.MAhealthconnector.org.
Bristol Community College Next Nights Schedule.
Welcome to Bristol Community College! Now that you’ve been accepted to BCC, it’s time to take care of the next steps—Admissions, Financial Aid and Student Accounts, Placement Testing, Academic Advising and more.
Next Nights provide students recently accepted to the College, along with their families and friends, an opportunity to come to campus and learn about the processes they need to complete as they become students at the College. Each session will offer information you need to take your next steps, plus time for you to ask questions.
Attending a Next Night is the first step of the orientation process. Students who participate in a Next Night should also plan to participate in an orientation.
•Monday, April 8, 2013 BCC Fall River Campus (Commonwealth College Center) 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
•Wednesday, May 1, 2013 BCC Fall River Campus (Commonwealth College Center) 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
•Wednesday, May 15, 2013 BCC Attleboro Center Campus 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
•Wednesday, May 29, 2013 BCC New Bedford Campus 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
•Wednesday, June 12, 2013 BCC Fall River Campus (Commonwealth College Center) 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
You do not need to RSVP to participate; however, we encourage you to visit the FYE @ BCC (First Year Experience @ BCC) section of the BCC website to learn more about the many services for new students: www.BristolCC.edu/orientation.
For more information contact Michael Hull, Acting First Year Engagement Specialist at 508.678.2811 ext. 3430.
On-the-Spot Admissions and Financial Aid workshop on Saturday, May 25
The Admissions Office and Financial Aid Department are co-hosting an On-the-Spot Admissions and Financial Aid workshop on Saturday, May 25, at 8:30 a.m.. This event welcomes interested applicants for degree and certificate programs to the Fall 2013 semester who are also interested in completing the FAFSA with a financial Aid counselor. Summer 2013 applicants are also welcome to attend.
Participants will attend an information session provided by Admissions Recruitment Counselor, Ceniya Palmer and Laura Banville and Brittany Pacheco-Ivanson of Financial Aid. A campus tour lead by BCC’s student ambassadors program will also be provided. Participants will complete the online admissions application with assistance of Admissions Counselors and receive a certificate of their admission. A financial aid workshop will culminate the day’s event. Interested applicants must register online for the event by visiting:
Applicants are required to provide official high school/GED and college (if applicable) transcripts to complete admission application. 2012 tax information is required to complete FAFSA.
For more information, please contact Ceniya.Palmer@Bristolcc.edu or call 2943