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Spring 2019 Ceremony Information

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Spring 2019 Commencement
May 14, 2019
Lamar Dixon Expo Center- 7 p.m.



Spring 2019 Commencement will be held at the Lamar Dixon 4-H Building located at 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales, LA 70737 on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Graduates should arrive promptly at 5:30 p.m. dressed in cap and gown. Personal items such as purses and cell phones are not allowed in the arena and should be left with a family member or in a locked vehicle.

Staff members will be available to direct graduates to the appropriate line-up area. The entire ceremony is expected to last one hour. Diploma/Degrees will be distributed in the Office of Student Services on Tuesday, June 5, 2019. Please note that all academic requirements and financial obligations must be satisfied to participate in the ceremony. Name recognition in the commencement program does not guarantee degree completion.

Family and Friends

Family and friends will not be permitted to enter the graduates assemble area. Staff members will be available to direct family and friends to seating areas. All guests must be seated before the doors close at 6:45 p.m., as they will not be opened while the procession is in progress.

Ceremony Etiquette and Attire

You have achieved a significant milestone that warrants excitement and we want you to enjoy your day, but participants are asked to show dignified respect in the ceremony. Families are encouraged to applaud graduates as they receive diplomas, but the use of air horns or other noisemakers is not permitted. AIR HORNS OR OTHER PARTY MATERIALS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE CENTER.

All graduates will wear regalia. Female graduates will also wear the detachable white collar provided with the gown. If your gown is wrinkled, it is suggested that you steam your gown the day before the ceremony. We suggest that you wear an appropriate seasonal outfit, keeping in mind the weather and that the gown can be quite warm.

Suggested attire:


  • Dress shirt (preferably, with a collar)
  • Dark Pants
  • Dark dress boots or shoes



  • Dark dress
  • Dark shoes (please be mindful of heel height as you will stand for periods of time and navigate steps)

We suggest ladies bring safety pins to secure the detachable collar and bobby pins to secure your cap. The appropriate cap for graduates is the familiar black “mortarboard.” The mortarboard is worn straight on the head with the point of the cap in the center of the forehead. The tassel should hang to the left of the face.

Unacceptable attire:  Jeans, tennis shoes, work boots, flip flops, and shorts.

Cap and Gown Arrangements

Beginning March 1, 2019, orders to purchase caps and gowns can be placed by mail or in person with Jostens Grad Shoppe, located at 8066 Jefferson Highway. The cost is $30.00. All orders MUST be placed by Friday, April 5. There will be a $30.00 LATE FEE for orders received in the Jostens office after Monday, April 8. Please note that the cost is NON-REFUNDABLE and regalia is NON-RETURNABLE.


Academic Honors and Diplomas

Honor designations are determined by the cumulative grade point average of all work completed as of Fall 2018. Honor cords will be distributed at Commencement Ceremony.

Honors Designations to be recognized

  • Chancellor’s Honor Scholar: 3.85 – 4.00, Gold Cord
  • Dean’s Honors List: 3.50 – 3.84, Blue Cord
  • Honor’s: 3.00 – 3.49, White Cord

**Reminder: Developmental and English as a Second Language courses are not included in the calculation of grade point averages.

Diploma/Degree Inscription

Diplomas/Degrees are inscribed with the College name, degree title, graduate’s name, and date of award. Your name will appear on your degree/diploma as it appears in LoLA.


Candid Campus Photography will take pictures of each graduate with the Chancellor as he or she crosses the stage. You may order pictures directly from the photographer. Make sure you complete the information form. Specific details will be provided in the pack that will be distributed.

Disability Assistance

RPCC will provide interpreter service for the ceremony. To assist us in providing arrangements for graduates or guests of graduates with special needs, please contact the Office of Student Services at 225-743-8500 by April 15, 2019.


  • After the platform party and faculty have exited the platform, the Graduate Marshal will approach the first row to signal when graduates should begin the recessional. Each row will follow the preceding row.
  • Graduates should return to the assigned robing area to be dismissed for diploma distribution.

Graduates, Congratulations! Remember, this is your day. You have earned it and have fun! We hope that you and your guests will enjoy your graduation ceremony. We wish you success with all your future endeavors.

NOTE: Students must successfully complete ALL classes toward their respective degree for academic requirements including the payment of ALL money owed to the College by the end of the Spring 2019 semester to participate in the Commencement ceremony, receive an official transcript, or be issued a diploma. Any questions, comments and/or concerns may be directed to Ms. Shalither S. Cushenberry at or 225-743-8500.