We are excited to celebrate graduation this year with carmencement! All graduates from summer and fall 2020, as well as candidates for graduation in spring 2021, are invited to participate.
The start times of the parade for each school are listed below. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time, but don’t worry if you can’t make it exactly at that time. We'll make sure you're part of the parade.
10 a.m. School of Liberal Arts
10:30 a.m. School of Science, Technology and Education
10:45 a.m. School of Business and Law
11 a.m. School of Health Sciences
We ask that you have one car per graduate or prospective graduate. Family and friends are welcome to ride along in the same car with you. If you do not have transportation for that day, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with Parade Transportation in the subject line.
Can’t fit everyone into one car? We plan to stream the event via YouTube so fellow students, family and friends can follow along and cheer you on.
Make your car stand out with decorations! Shoe polish, balloons and poster boards are welcome. Find custom downloads for each school at Riverhawks at Home. There will be a spot with trash bins at the end of the parade where you can remove the decorations.
You'll receive a graduation gift pack in the mail that will include a nameplate. Make sure your nameplate is placed in the driver’s side window at the start of the parade so we can cheer you on by name! This will also be used to call your name as you approach the grandstand in your car, and will help you find your photos afterwards.
Cars will enter West Campus from Ritchie Highway and be directed into parking lots. When the parade begins, cars will follow a route through main campus lots and along Ring Road, eventually pausing at a grandstand to receive a diploma cover. Faculty and staff will be invited to line the route and cheer you on. View the complete parade route.
Standard regalia at AACC is a cap, gown, and tassel but does not include a stole. Students interested in purchasing a stole may do so individually from an outside vendor.
Graduation honors are noted on transcripts and diplomas for students who have earned degrees. Please see the graduation application website for specific details regarding Graduation honors.
You will receive your diploma cover as a special gift, a digital photo and memories! For spring 2021 graduation candidates, your diploma will be mailed to you after all requirements have been verified.
Look for your graduation gift box in the mail in mid-May. This will include directions on how to RSVP. You may also receive additional communications from a vendor, Full Measure, that will be assisting us with the celebration news.
A photographer will be on hand to document the festivities along with an opportunity to take personal photographs after the parade. Following the parade head to Parking Lot G, you will find an area for you to pose for photos with helpers on hand to take photos with your device. You are also welcome to take your own photos on campus on other dates. Be mindful to take all props used in your photographs with you when you leave.
Continue to visit Riverhawks at Home for upcoming chalk stencils, cake toppers, T-shirt iron-ons, yard signs and digital cards.
Keep checking back for updates!