Commencement Ceremony Information

Congratulations! West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s president and faculty and staff would like to invite you, your family and friends to participate in commencement. For your reference, we have put together this commencement information page for more detailed information on the schedule of events for the day of commencement.

WKCTC holds three commencements per academic year, two in May and one in December.

  • All graduates* from the previous Summer semester and the Fall semester will be invited to attend commencement in December.
  • All graduates* from the Spring semester will be invited to attend commencement in May.
  • Students must fill out a credential application in order to be considered to receive any certificate, diploma or degree for a semester. If the credential application is submitted after the deadline, the student will not receive commencement information and their name will not be printed in the appropriate Commencement Program or be provided to hometown media.
  • Students must go to the WKCTC Bookstore in order to RSVP for commencement and purchase cap/gown.
  • Credentials will not be handed out at commencement. Students will be contacted approximately 10-12 weeks following commencement to pick up their credential in the Anderson Technical Building, Room 106.

*A graduate is any student who receives a certificate, diploma, OR degree.

Still need to apply for graduation? Visit the Records Office.

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 10:30AM and 2:00PM
Location: Carson Four Rivers Center


Arrival Times

Student Arrival Times

10:30AM Ceremony: Graduates arrive no later than 9:45AM.

2:00PM Ceremony: Graduates arrive no later than 1:15PM.

Please arrive in your commencement cap and gown attire. Graduates must enter through the back loading dock entrance of the Carson Center and sign in at the registration table for the ceremony. WKCTC staff will be available to help students line up for processional. 

Faculty Arrival Times

10:30AM Ceremony: Faculty arrive no later than 9:45AM.

2:00PM Ceremony: Faculty arrive no later than 1:15PM.

Please arrive in regalia. Faculty must enter through the back loading dock entrance of the Carson Center and check in with staff volunteers for the ceremony. Staff volunteers will also assist faculty with lining up for the processional.

Doors open for guests at approximately 10:15AM for the 10:30AM ceremony and 1:45PM for the 2:00PM ceremony.

Cap, Gown & Tassel
Students can purchase/pick-up cap and gown from April 1-30. WKCTC Bookstore hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday.

 Graduation Set (Cap, Gown, 1 Tassel)

 $42.00 + tax 

 1 Extra Tassel 

  $7.00 + tax

Phi Theta Kappa Stoles

Graduating Phi Theta Kappa students should contact Dr. Gericke (Rosenthal Hall Office or to order stoles. The cost will be $20 (cash or check payable to PTK). Students must be a PTK member in good standing (minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA and receiving a degree at time of order).  The deadline to order stoles for May commencement is April 15, 2019 3:00 CST.  Honor stoles will be present to PTK members at the 2019 Honors Ceremony that will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:00PM in the WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center.  More information about the honors ceremony will be sent to those receiving honors.  


Veteran Cords

Graduating veterans are eligible to wear a red, white, and blue honor cord with their cap and gown in honor of their military service. If you have served honorably in the U.S. military and are graduating and attending a WKCTC Commencement, you will receive an honor cord to represent your service to our country. To obtain your honor cord, please contact WKCTC Veterans Coordinator. Honor cords can be picked up in the Office of Veterans Services located in Anderson Technical Building, room 106.

Blue / White

Graduating students wearing blue and white cords represent University of Kentucky College of Engineering students attending the UK-Paducah campus and are potentially eligible to receive an associate degree at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Blue Honor Cords

Diploma/Degree students with a 3.6 GPA or higher, may pick up their honor cords at the commencement check-in table.  For Spring graduate honors, the Fall cumulative GPA is used, as well as the Fall cumulative credit hours with the addition of courses in progress.  

Graduates you are invited to the 2019 WKCTC Bookstore Grad Fair on Tuesday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s a time to purchase your commencement cap, gown and tassel, and maybe win some great prizes too!

Prizes include $20 Domino’s gift card; $20 Subway gift card, Pierre Belvedere Journals and a rolling “Olypia” tote bag.  The GRAND PRIZE is the winner’s choice of any WKCTC shirt, pants, or hoodie! Names will be drawn at 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:45 p.m.  Winners do not have to be present to win. Refreshments will be served throughout the fair.

The Bookstore Bear will be at the fair wearing his cap, gown and tassel! Take a selfie and post your photo on WKCTC Facebook page with B.B. and get into a drawing for a special prize!

Graduates can also purchase their cap, gown and tassel in the WKCTC Bookstore anytime between April 1-30, 2019. Bookstore hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cap, gown and tassel are $42, plus tax. An extra tassel is $7, plus tax.

Directions to the Center

From points North and West of Paducah: Take I-24 East to Exit 4 “Downtown Loop” (KY State Highway 60). Take the Downtown Loop into downtown Paducah and turn left on Kentucky Avenue and go two blocks. The Center is on your right.

From points South and East of Paducah: Take I-24 West to Exit 11: “Husbands Road.” Turn right onto John Puryear Drive and follow it all the way into downtown Paducah. Turn right on Kentucky Avenue and go one block. The Center will be on your right.

Enter at Loading Dock

Faculty/Staff/Student Entrance

All faculty/staff and students must enter through the loading dock. You must check-in at registration table located inside the loading dock entrance. If you try to enter through the front entrance lobby, you will not be allowed to enter. Front entrance for guests only.

Parking at the Center

You may park in any of the parking lots: A, B, C. or D. Note: parking will be reserved for VIP guests and handicap parking in Lot A. Parking for the commencement platform party will also be reserved in Lot B.

View parking map

Graduates are invited to a commencement luncheon as a pre-graduation celebration on Monday, April 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Emerging Technology Center, Room 109. 

The luncheon provides graduates, parents, families, faculty and alumni the opportunity to get together to share college memories and plans for the future.

During the luncheon, graduates will also learn important information about May commencement at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center, as well as information from WKCTC’s Alumni Association and Career Services office.

Graduates will have a chance to win gift cards and other prizes.

RSVP for the luncheon by April 24, 2019, to Roberta Jackson at or 270-534-3094. Graduates, when you RSVP, please include everyone who will be attending the luncheon with you.

We look forward to see you!

If you have questions about your credential requirements for commencement, you may contact Jessica Puffenbarger at or 270-534-3504.

If you have questions about the commencement ceremonies at the Luther F. Carson Center, you may contact Tammy Thompson at or 270-534-3215.

Celebrate Your Achievement

Honor Your Graduation with Commencement Portraits

SMILE! You’ve made it! Professional photographers with Lifetouch Special Events will be taking photos of you throughout the day at commencement.

Visit to sign up and receive notification when your proofs are online and ready to order. When you get to that page, select West Kentucky Comm & Tech - Commencement, 2019 and fill out the notification email request information.

  • Everyone will be photographed
  • Photos will be online at the link above ten days after the ceremony
  • Complimentary proofs mailed to graduates
  • No obligation to purchase

First Ceremony
Saturday, May 11, 2019
10:30 a.m.

Students should report to the Luther F. Carson Center LOADING DOCK no later than 9:45 a.m. to be checked in for the ceremony

Programs to attend 1st Ceremony:

  • Associate in Science
  • Cosmetology
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Health Science Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Nursing - Associate Degree Nursing
  • Nursing - Practical Nursing
  • Nursing - Nursing Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiography
  • Surgical Technology

Second Ceremony
Saturday, May 11, 2019
2:00 p.m.

Students should report to the Luther F. Carson Center LOADING DOCK no later than 1:15 p.m. to be checked in for the ceremony

Programs to attend 2nd Ceremony:

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Fine Arts - Visual Arts
  • Air Conditioning Technology
  • Apprenticeship Studies
  • Automotive Technology
  • Business Studies - Business Administration
  • Business Studies - Medical Information Technology
  • Business Studies - Office Systems Technology
  • Collision Repair  Technology
  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design
  • Computer and Information Technologies
  • Computerized Manufacturing and Machining
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Diesel Technology
  • Fire/Rescue Science Technology
  • Homeland Security/Emergency Management
  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
  • Logistics and Operations Management
  • Manufacturing Industrial Technology - Electrical Technology
  • Manufacturing Industrial Technology - Industrial Maintenance Technology
  • Marine Technology
  • Mechatronic Systems
  • Visual Communication - Multimedia
  • Welding Technology

May 2019 graduates with special needs are asked to notify Tammy Thompson by Monday, April 15 at or 270-534-3215.

Graduates can purchase their cap, gown and tassel in the WKCTC Bookstore between April 1-30, 2019. Bookstore hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cap, gown and tassel are $42, plus tax. An extra tassel is $7 plus tax.

Press your gowns. You want to look your best. We suggest you wear dark clothing and comfortable dark shoes.

Leave all personal belongings in your vehicle. WKCTC and the Carson Center are not responsible for lost or stolen items.