Graduation Preparation

Congratulations! You are preparing to complete your college career with FVTC. The resources below provide information about preparing to graduate and the commencement ceremonies held by FVTC.

Spring 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Date: Friday, May 21, 2021
Time of Ceremony: 5 p.m.
Hashtag: Participate and follow along on social media using #FVTCgrad

The ceremony features: formal remarks, a student speech, digital slides honoring each graduate, and candid student photos.

Commencement Ceremony

Graduation Requirements & Additional Information

Graduation Requirements

You are eligible for graduation from Fox Valley Technical College when you have completed the following requirements:

  • Required program curriculum. This information is available in your Academic Advisement Report (AAR) through your MyFVTC Account. Please see your program advisor or academic counselor if you have any questions.
  • Submit necessary paperwork for any transfer credit or advanced standing status before the end of your graduating term.
  • A grade point average of 2.0 for your academic program and core program courses. Some programs have grade requirements for specific courses, please check with your program advisor or academic counselor for specific information.
  • All financial obligations to the college are met.

Need more information? For specific commencement questions, contact Barb Pautz at 920-735-4763 or

Applying for Graduation

Two months before your graduation date you will receive an email with important information including contact information, dates and activities. When you receive this message verify that your name and address are correct. The name listed will appear on your diploma and it will be mailed to the listed address.

  • If your address is incorrect, you can update that information through your MyFVTC Account.
  • If your name has changed you must stop in to any FVTC campus to have it corrected. 

Once you’ve completed all graduation requirements, you can apply for graduation in your MyFVTC Account. This necessary step informs the Registrar’s office to review your Academic Advisement Report (AAR).

Apply for Graduation

Commencement Ceremony

FVTC holds two traditional commencement ceremonies each year. These special events provide an opportunity for staff, faculty, family and friends to celebrate your accomplishment. Ceremonies are held in May and December of each year.

It is not mandatory to attend the commencement ceremony, but you do need to apply for graduation in order to receive your diploma. 

Need more information? For specific commencement questions, contact Barb Pautz at 920-735-4763 or

Commencement Ceremony FAQ

Is there a graduation rehearsal for the commencement ceremony?

No, our staff will guide graduates for line up and when it is time to approach the stage at each ceremony.  Be sure to check in and receive your name card.  Students may make phonetic markings on their card (for our announcers). When it comes time to approach the stage, be sure to take your card with you.  As you cross the stage, you will hand the card to the announcer.

How many guests per graduate can attend the ceremony?

Six guest seats per graduate for the December ceremony and unlimited guest seating for the May ceremony; tickets are not required for either ceremony.  Guests will not be allowed to reserve seats in the PAC Theater.

Do I need to purchase a cap, gown and diploma cover?

The covers will be available at no cost and you will receive it at the ceremony.  A black cap and gown is the required attire for the commencement ceremony.  If you are participating in the ceremony and already have your cap and gown, you must purchase a tassel for approximately $6.98 plus tax from the bookstore. Graduation regalia is available for those who need all graduation items (cap, gown, tassel) for approx. $31.98 plus tax. These may be purchased in-person at either the Appleton or Oshkosh bookstore.

What is the graduation commencement etiquette?

The commencement exercise is a formal academic ceremony. Please view Commencement Etiquette information to ensure that our graduates and guests have the most enjoyable day possible.

How do I get my diploma cover if I didn't participate in the ceremony?

If you did not participate in the commencement ceremony, a cover will be available at no cost.  Please stop by the Enrollment Services office at any campus or regional center.  If you have more than one degree granted in an academic year, you can purchase additional covers at $7.50 per cover.  Programs that are eligible for a diploma cover are Associate or Technical degree programs.  Programs that are not eligible for a diploma cover are Nursing Assistant, Truck Driving, EMT – Basic, Law Enforcement Recruit Academy and Certificates.

How do I receive my professional graduation pictures taken at the ceremony?

GradImages, the contracted professional photographer, will send you an email notification that includes a link to navigate you to view and purchase your pictures. Your pictures will only be accessible after you receive their email notification and not before. Please allow 3-5 days after the commencement ceremony for GradImages to process graduation photos.  If you have questions, you can contact GradImages Customer Service at 800-261-2576.

Need more information? For specific commencement questions, contact Barb Pautz at 920-735-4763 or email Barb Pautz

Commencement Etiquette

The commencement exercise is a formal academic ceremony. We ask that all guests respect the ceremony. The points listed below are meant to ensure that our graduates and guests have the most enjoyable day possible. 

  • The ceremony typically lasts approximately two hours, you will be on stage the entire time. 
  • The cap is worn flat on the head. 
  • Tassels are usually worn on the right side and shifted to the left when graduates  receive their diplomas. 
  • Please select appropriate clothing and footwear for on stage: 
    • Women generally wear a lightweight dress or pants of cool fabric, dark low heel or flat shoes. Please no flip flops or tennis shoes. 
    • Men generally choose to wear dark dress pants and a dress shirt, optional tie, and dark shoes and socks. Please no sandals or tennis shoes. 
  • Plan on arriving at least an hour before the ceremony and allow ample time to find parking and register. 
  • Cellular phones and other electronic equipment should be turned off or silenced during the ceremony. 
  • Please do no chew gum during the ceremony. 
  • Men should remove their caps during the National Anthem. 
  • Graduates and guests should avoid all unnecessary conversation and movement during the ceremony. 
  • Graduates may not bring pets, babies or young children to participate in the ceremony with them. 
  • Only authorized photographers and Commencement staff are permitted on the stage area during the ceremony. 
  • Individuals who engage in inappropriate or disruptive behavior may be removed from the event. Please remain silent during the awarding of diplomas. 
  • Commencement closes with the recessional of graduates, faculty and platform party. Guests are asked to remain at their seats until the conclusion of the ceremony. 

Need more information? For specific commencement questions, contact Barb Pautz at 920-735-4763 or email Barb Pautz

For More Information

For general enrollment services questions:
Enrollment Services

For specific graduation requirement questions: 
Barb Pautz