Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, July 25, 2020

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Spring ceremonies will be held in Building N (the gymnasium) on Southern Wake Campus. Spring ceremonies are for spring and summer graduates; there is no summer ceremony. 

Each ceremony will be available to view via live stream on the Wake Tech website! Visit www.waketech.edu to watch the ceremonies.

8:30 AM Ceremony: 1:30 PM Ceremony:
11:00 AM Ceremony: 4:00 PM Ceremony:

Specific division ceremony times will be announced in early June.

The deadline for completing the application and ordering regalia (cap and gown) is March 2, 2020. Students who miss the deadline may participate in the next semester’s commencement ceremony provided they meet the posted deadlines. 

Order Your Regalia (Cap and Gown)

Your regalia order is made through the Wake Tech Campus Bookstore, in partnership with Herff Jones. They are accepting orders/payment for the spring 2020 graduation ceremony from January 2, 2020 until March 2, 2020 midnight. Order your regalia (cap and gown) now!
NOTE: All questions related to regalia should be directed to the Wake Tech Campus Bookstore.

The cost for the regalia is $40.98 plus tax; you can select the "cap and gown" icon to order the regalia only. You can also take advantage of one of the different packages offered by Herff Jones, which include additional items such as announcements, extra tassel, thank you notes, etc.

Ordering reserves your seat for the ceremony.  Regalia is not available for students who miss the deadline and used or borrowed regalia is not permitted.

Disability Services

To ensure we have accommodations in place for graduates with disabilities, please contact Wake Tech Disability Support Services by June 25, at 919-866-5670 (Voice) or 919-324-3833 (Sorenson Video Phone).


Regalia will be mailed to students that ordered their cap and gown during the ordering period. Regalia will be mailed to the address that the student indicated during their order with Herff Jones.


Tickets are required to gain entrance into the ceremony. For the Spring 2020 ceremony, the number of tickets will be announced in early June.

Ticket delivery method will be announced in mid-June.

  • Graduates DO NOT need a ticket.
  • Every guest must have an admission ticket, including children over the age of two.
  • Children, two and under, may attend without a ticket but child must sit on lap of an adult.  If children two and under will be taking a seat, then a ticket is required.  Baby carriers and strollers are not permitted.
  • Sorry, there are no options for graduates to request or purchase additional tickets.

The Ceremony

  • Arrive early – at least 1 hour before the ceremony start time to allow for check-in and lineup. There is no rehearsal, and no one will be allowed to join the processional line once it starts. 
  • Dress appropriately in dressy or business casual clothing underneath your regalia. Graduates without proper attire will not be allowed to participate. Appropriate footwear is advised as you will be standing for periods of time during processional lineup.
  • Do not bring personal belongings other than your regalia and your photo ID. Storage is not available.
  • Act appropriately. Graduates or guests whose behavior detracts from the dignity and importance of the occasion will not be allowed to participate.  
  • Parking is free on Southern Wake Campus. A campus parking map is available. Handicap parking is available around building N.
  • Enter the Gymnasium-signs and Wake Tech staff will direct you to the graduate line-up area.
  • Check in on arrival and hold on to the “name call card” that you will be given. Keep up with your card; you’ll need it to give to the Reader who will call your name as you walk across the stage. The color of the card will tell you your division (according to your major) and where to get in line.    
  • Be seated with your division and follow directions from marshals. In order to prevent distraction during the ceremony, graduates should remain in the graduate seating area after they walk across the stage.
  • Professional photographs will be taken of each graduate on stage and made available for purchase after commencement. Graduates will receive a free color proof with a password for viewing photos online. They can arrange to receive an email notification when photos are posted by visiting www.photospecialties.com and preregistering. Students who do not receive a proof within one week should contact [email protected] or call 1-800-722-7033. Guests will not be allowed in the graduate seating area to take picture or videos during the ceremony. Guests may take pictures after the ceremony.
  • The ceremony typically lasts one hour and starts on time. We ask that your guests arrive early so they can be seated before the ceremony begins. Guests will experience delays in entrance if they arrive late. 
  • Safety and security measures will include the monitoring of all items entering the facility. No one will be permitted to enter with the following items:
    • Balloons
    • Noise Makers
    • Baby strollers and/or carriers
    • Large Camera bags, book bags, backpacks, briefcases, etc.
    • Gifts or packages of any kind 
    • Food or drink
    • Other items deemed inadmissible by security personnel 

    Updates and Reminders 

    • Download the Wake Tech App, turn on notifications to receive important updates before the ceremonies.
    • Follow us on Twitter @WTCCRegistrar; use #WTGrad20