FAQs for Graduation

Coastal Bend College’s (CBC) annual commencement ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. The ceremony will take place at the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center on the CBC Beeville Campus located at 3800 Charco Road. Graduates from the Beeville Campus, and the Alice, Kingsville, and Pleasanton sites will participate in the annual commencement exercises. Students’ family and friends, as well as community members, are invited to attend CBC’s annual commencement exercises. Hill Country Brass, a professional brass quintet, will provide music for the graduation processional and commencement ceremony. Graduates and their families are invited to attend a free dessert reception that will be after the commencement ceremony.  

Doors will open one (1) hour prior to the ceremony.  Doors will be locked 15 minutes prior to the ceremony, unless capacity is reached before that timeframe.  This will be determined by Coastal Bend College’s Director of Public Safety.  Once the doors have been locked, no more persons will be allowed to enter.  No seat saving will be allowed.  Coastal Bend College will provide two (2) additional areas where family and friends will be able to watch the ceremony via live stream.  This will be in the Gertrude Russell Jones Auditorium and the James R. Dougherty Student Union Building.

Q: When is graduation?

CBC’s commencement ceremonies will take place on Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

10:00 AM: Accounting, Associate of Science, Automotive Technology, Business Technology, Computer Information Technology, Medical Records Coding, Oil & Gas Technology

2:00 PM: Associate of Arts, Cosmetology, Drafting & Design, Early Development & Education, Forensic Science, Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice, Welding Technology

6:00 PM: Certified Nursing Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Radiology Technology

Q: Will there be a rehearsal before the commencement ceremonies?

Yes. CBC is hosting a rehearsal for the commencement ceremonies on Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. The rehearsal will take place at CBC Beeville inside of the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gym).

Q: Where will the commencement ceremonies take place?

Commencement ceremonies for all CBC locations will take place at CBC Beeville, which is located at 3800 Charco Road. All ceremonies will take place inside of the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gym).

Q: Is there graduation for each CBC location? 

No. CBC conducts all commencement ceremonies for graduates, which are hosted at the Beeville location. These ceremonies are hosted for graduates at all CBC locations and graduates from the off-sites will participate in the commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, May 22.

Q: What time should graduates arrive for graduation?

Graduates who are participating in the morning commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. should arrive at CBC Beeville’s Fred C. Latcham-Science Building no later than 8:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. graduates should arrive no later than 12:30 p.m., graduates participating in the afternoon commencement ceremony at 6:00 p.m. should arrive no later than 4:30 p.m. 

Q: What time do the doors open for graduation?

Doors open one hour before each ceremony.  Doors will be locked 15 minutes prior to the ceremony beginning or prior to if capacity is met (at the determination of Director of Public Safety).  Once doors are locked,  no one will be able to enter the area.  Coastal Bend College will provide two(2) additional areas where family and friends will be able to watch the ceremony via live stream.  This will be in the Gertrude Russell Jones Auditorium and the James R. Dougherty Student Union Building.  

Q: What am I allowed to bring to graduation if I am a graduate?

Please do not bring your bags and/or purse with you to graduation because there will not be a designated place for you to keep your personal belongings safe.

Q: Who is allowed to come to graduation?

Admission for CBC’s commencement ceremonies is free. All ceremonies are open for attendance by community members and the graduate’s friends and family.

Q: Which ceremony do I attend if I am receiving certificates/degrees at more than one time?

Graduates will be able to choose which ceremony they would like to attend only if they are receiving certificates/degrees at more than one time.

Q: Who is allowed to attend the free dessert reception after commencement ceremonies? Where will the reception take place?

The dessert reception is free for graduates and their guests. It will take place immediately following the commencement ceremony outside of the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gymnasium).

Q: What should graduates wear under their cap & gown?

Students should wear their “Sunday’s Best” underneath their cap & gown. All graduates must wear a black cap & gown, or they risk not being able to participate in commencement ceremonies.

Q: What hashtag should I use for graduation?

Students who are graduating from CBC should utilize the official hashtag of their class: #CBCGrad19. In addition, please feel free to utilize the College’s official hashtag: #CBCRocks.

Q: Will someone be taking photos at graduation?

Yes. CBC’s Office of Marketing & Public Relations will take candid photos and stage photos of all graduates who participate in the commencement ceremonies. The photos will be available within two weeks after the event. Photos may be viewed and downloaded online at www.facebook.com/coastalbendcollege.

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