Dear Graduate,

Congratulations! Housatonic Community College’s 50th Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at the Webster Bank Arena, at 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT. Congratulations on reaching this very significant milestone in your life. We look forward to a joyful and dignified ceremony that will honor your personal achievement.

If you already participated in HCC’s Commencement ceremony last year (2017), all you need to do is pick up your Diploma and therefore, do not need to go any further. Thank you!

The Arena doors will open promptly at 4:00 p.m. for the arrival of students and guests. Doors will not open before that time. Please report to the Arena with your commencement attire (cap, gown and tassel) at 4:00 p.m. All students must enter the Arena using the Guest Services Entrance only and proceed to their left once inside the concourse area. You will be directed to the Student Area by HCC Commencement Marshals and Ushers. The 4:00 p.m. arrival time is very important because at that time you will receive all of the final instructions pertaining to graduation. You must then robe and line up alphabetically by degree program no later than 4:45 p.m. The ceremony will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. and conclude at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Your guests should proceed directly to the Arena’s Main Entrance for their seating. Please request that your guests allow enough time to be seated prior to the start of the ceremony. Arena policy is that all bags are subject to search. Additionally, there is no storage area to secure or store personal belongings. Please let your guests know that the following items are not allowed inside the Arena.

  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Helium Balloons
  • Confetti
  • Baby Strollers
  • Gifts
  • Flowers
  • Wrapped Packages

Must Order by Friday, Apr 6th, 2018


All Graduating students must show I.D. to pick up their caps and gowns and tickets at the Bookstore: You will be able to keep your cap and gown as a souvenir of your graduation.

Starting on: May 7th - May 21st

  • Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    Tuesday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

    Tickets are required for all guests and small children.  Each graduate may pick up a maximum of ten (10) tickets at the Bookstore at Beacon Hall starting May 7th during the same office hours along with Cap and Gown.  No one is allowed to pick up tickets for other students.  Extra tickets may be available after May 21st.


    HCC Honors cords will be distributed at the Arena prior to the ceremony to students who have honors (3.4) or higher.


    If you are a graduate with a disability who needs special accommodations, please contact Marilyn Wehr, Coordinator of Accessibility Services, at (203) 332-5018 no later than May 11th.


    Parking spaces, including parking for the handicapped, are available at the Arena for a $5.00 fee. Please arrange to car pool if possible; parking may be limited in the Arena’s parking garage due to other events that may be scheduled in the adjacent Bluefish Stadium. Directions to the Arena and to the College are available on the web at:


    Commencement Marshals will greet you when you arrive at the Arena and provide you with instructions for lining up for the Commencement March and will also give you a name card.

    The chairs for the graduates are arranged very compactly and close together, so when graduates proceed to their seats, it will be necessary for you to move as closely to the person in front of you as possible (shoulder to shoulder) to ensure that every seat in the row is filled. Please pay careful attention to this as it will slow down the procession line and seating and delay the ceremony otherwise.

    During the ceremony, when you ascend the stairs to the stage to receive your diploma cover, you will hand your name card to the Announcer. When your name is read, please walk across the stage to receive your diploma cover from Dr. Paul Broadie, the College’s President. If you are concerned about the pronunciation of your name by the name reader, please call (203) 332-5182 between April 30th and May 23rd, 2018 to provide instructions on the correct pronunciation of your name.


    A professional photographer from Grad Images will be available on stage to take your photograph as you receive your diploma cover from President Broadie. An order form, price list and proofs will be mailed to you from the photographer so that you can make arrangements directly with the studio for purchasing the photographs. Guests are not permitted in the aisles to take photographs during the Commencement exercises as such activity can be distracting and may create safety concerns.


    Commencement programs will be distributed at the ceremony. The program will contain an alphabetical listing of graduates by degree/program as well as the order of the ceremony.


    All Graduates will be given Diploma covers on stage at Commencement. Diplomas will then be available for pick-up after Friday, August 3rd, 2018 and can only be mailed based on a written request to the Registrar’s Office. If you are a 2017 Summer graduate, you may pick up your actual diploma anytime at the Registrar’s Office in the Welcome Center during regular office hours, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are a Fall 2017 graduate, you may pick up starting February 24th through March 9th, 2018. Everyone must present Photo I.D.


    Please join us! A reception for graduates, guests, and College staff will be held in the new Welcome Center at Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Boulevard immediately following the ceremony.

    If you have any general questions about the Commencement ceremony, please call our graduation hot line in the Dean of Students Office at (203) 332-5182.


    Jim Connolly

    Mr. James Connolly
    Interim Dean of Students

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