Frequently Asked Questions: CBC Commencement


    Q: When is graduation? 

     Spring-CBC’s commencement ceremonies will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.  Times to be determined.

    Q: Will there be a rehearsal before the commencement ceremonies? 

    Yes. CBC is hosting a rehearsal for the commencement ceremonies on Tuesday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m. The rehearsal will take place at CBC Beeville inside of the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center. 

    Q: Where will the commencement ceremonies take place? 

    Commencement ceremonies for all CBC locations will take place at CBC Beeville, which is located at 3800 Charco Road. All ceremonies will take place inside of the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gym). 

    Q: Is there a graduation for each CBC location?  

    No. CBC conducts all commencement ceremonies for graduates, which are hosted at the Beeville location. These ceremonies are hosted for graduates at all CBC locations and graduates from the off-sites will participate in the commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. 

    Q: What time should graduates arrive for graduation? 


    Q: What time do the doors open for graduation? 

    Doors open one hour before each ceremony.  Doors will be locked 15 minutes prior to the ceremony beginning or prior to if capacity is met (at the determination of Director of Public Safety).  Once doors are locked,  no one will be able to enter the area.  Coastal Bend College will provide two(2) additional areas where family and friends will be able to watch the ceremony via live stream.  This will be in the Gertrude Russell Jones Auditorium and the James R. Dougherty Student Union Building.   

    Q: What am I allowed to bring to graduation if I am a graduate? 

    Please do not bring your bags and/or purse with you to graduation because there will not be a designated place for you to keep your personal belongings safe. 

    Q: Who is allowed to come to graduation? 

    Admission for CBC’s commencement ceremonies is free. All ceremonies are open for attendance by community members and the graduate’s friends and family. 

    Q: Which ceremony do I attend if I am receiving certificates/degrees at more than one time? 

    Graduates will be able to choose which ceremony they would like to attend only if they are receiving certificates/degrees at more than one time. 

    Q: Who is allowed to attend the free dessert reception after commencement ceremonies? Where will the reception take place? 

    The dessert reception is free for graduates and their guests. It will take place immediately following the commencement ceremony outside of the Peter S. Marecek Physical Fitness Center (gymnasium). 

    Q: What should graduates wear under their cap & gown? 

    Students should wear their “Sunday’s Best” underneath their cap & gown. All graduates must wear a black cap & gown, or they risk not being able to participate in commencement ceremonies. 

    Q: What hashtag should I use for graduation?  

    Students who are graduating from CBC should utilize the official hash tag of their class: #CBCGrad19. In addition, please feel free to utilize the College’s official hashtag: #CBCRocks. 

    Q: Will someone be taking photos at graduation?  

    Yes. CBC’s Office of Marketing & Public Relations will take candid photos and stage photos of all graduates who participate in the commencement ceremonies. The photos will be available within two weeks after the event. Photos may be viewed and downloaded online at www.facebook.com/coastalbendcollege.