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We can't wait to celebrate our 77th Commencement! The following are important details to note.


Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 10 a.m.


MassMutual Center
1277 Main St.
Springfield, Massachusetts 01103


The recipient of the 2024 Elaine Marieb Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence will lead the procession of faculty, staff, and graduates into the MassMutual Arena and give the keynote address.

The Student Speaker (Orator) and Student Performer applications will open in April, and the deadline to apply is Friday, April 26, 2024, by midnight. Keep an eye out for the application in your HCC email.   

The Class Gift Presenter and Distinguished Service Award Winner will also be announced. 


All cleared graduates should have received an HCC email notification from the Registrar's office. If you have yet to receive notification from the Registrar's office and you think you should be a graduate for the Class of 2024, please submit a graduation application today!

Join the Student Records office during the activity period on Wednesdays from 11am to 12:15pm to help you prepare for Commencement.

November 8th - Are you cleared to graduate? Stop by the Student Records table for assistance; they can review your record on the spot!

November 15th - Stop by our table for last-minute transcript orders and review records for graduation clearance.


Fall Graduate Reception
Wednesday, November 29th, from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Leslie Phillips Theater
Invitations were mailed and emailed to candidates, please RSVP by November 21, 2023. This family-friendly event will include refreshments, photo opportunities, and fun. Connect with faculty and staff to celebrate your time at HCC. The speaking portion of the event will be livestreamed. Register to attend the online livestream

Cap & Gown Pick-Up Celebration
Tuesday, May 21, 2024, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in Campus Center Cafeteria
Come to pick up your FREE cap and gown, honor tassels, and special program cords, including a photo opportunities with President Timmons and the Cougar, decorate your cap, enjoy food, and more!