Commencement 2017


Friday, May 5, 2017 7:00 am EDT (6:00 am CDT, 5:00 am MDT, 4:00 am PDT)
Friday, May 5, 2017 12:00 pm EDT (11:00 am CDT, 10:00 am MDT, 9:00 am PDT)
Duration: 5 Hours


Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall
4800 U.S. Hwy. 301 North
Tampa, FL, 33610
United States
See map: Google Maps


Congratulations! Participating in the HCC commencement ceremony is an important and exciting milestone! This page is designed to give you some basic information about commencement. Please contact your Admissions, Registration and Records Office if you have additional questions.

Commencement Location: Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 4800 U.S. Hwy. 301 North, Tampa, FL  33610 
Parking: $6 cars, $12 RV/Bus, cash only. Enter at the US Highway 301 entrance.  Click here for directions 

Commencement Preparation
Caps, gowns and invitations will be available for purchase in all HCC Bookstores.  

Commencement Day
7 am – Doors open
9 am– Graduates begin lining up
9:30 am – Processional begins
ALL graduates must be in the Expo Hall and lined up by 9:30 am

Commencement Ceremony Guidelines
Please follow these important Commencement Guidelines for the safety and enjoyment of everyone.  

Commencement Questions?
Please email

Disabilities/Special Needs Accommodations
If you require accommodations on the day of the ceremony, contact Jeanette Starks, Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, at or 813-253-7757.

An online survey will be available to graduates after the commencement ceremony.  We ask that you take a few minutes to complete the graduate student survey via your Hawknet email.  We would like to learn from your experience at HCC.

Media Contacts

Ashley Carl, Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations, 813.253.7158

Angela Walters, Strategic Communications Officer, 813.259.6589

Debbi Ordaz, Public Relations Specialist, 813.253.7066   

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