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 2022 Commencement Ceremony

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2022
Time of Ceremony: 1 p.m.
Commencement Page: www.fvtc.edu/Graduation

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 pautz@fvtc.edu

Applying for Graduation

You will be sent confirmation email that you are an eligible candidate to graduate at the end of the current semester.  All graduation email will be sent to your issued FVTC campus email address.

  • If you are in the last semester of completing your final plan requirements, you may apply for graduation via MyFVTC student account; click the Academic Progress tile. 
    • Note: If you have not applied yourself, the Registrar’s Office will automatically apply all eligible candidates at the time the confirmation email is sent.
  • If your mailing address is incorrect, please update via MyFVTC student account.
  • If your name has changed, please submit a Personal Information Change Form - Formstack as soon as possible to ensure your name appears correctly on your diploma and in the commencement booklet. 
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.

  • Attending the commencement ceremony is not mandatory to receive your diploma.
  • Attending the ceremony is not a verification of plan completion.
  • The Registrar’s Office will begin reviewing plan requirements after the semester has ended.

Need more information? For specific commencement questions, contact Barb Pautz at 920-735-4763 or pautz@fvtc.edu

Commencement Ceremony FAQ

See ceremony FAQ here: www.fvtc.edu/graduation

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
920-735-5645

For specific graduation requirement questions: 
Barb Pautz
920-735-4763