Important Commencement Information for Graduates

Check out this video to see what to expect when you arrive on Commencement Day!


Forsyth Tech will hold two commencement ceremonies on May 12, 2021, at Truist Stadium, home of the Winston-Salem Dash. All graduates from 2020 and 2021 are invited to participate. The ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and graduates will be permitted to bring up to 4 guests. Tickets for commencement will be emailed to you the week of May 3rd.

  • The 10 a.m. ceremony will be for our transfer students receiving the Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A), and Associate of Engineering (A.E.) graduates.  
  • The 3 p.m. ceremony will be for all students receiving Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees, diplomas, and certificates. These are students in programs such as business, IT, engineering, early childhood, health, and public safety.

To sign up for our 10 AM Commencement, please click this link.

To sign up for our 3 PM Commencement, please click this link.

All guests must wear masks to comply with state guidelines, and social distancing policies will be followed.

Ceremonies will also be live-streamed at the links below.

10 a.m. Humanities & Social Sciences and Math and Science Technologies

3 p.m. Business and Information, Engineering, and Health Technologies

Parking and Gates will open 1 hour before the ceremony start time.  Parking is limited, but overflow parking and shuttles will be available.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend one ceremony. For Faculty and Staff that need it, online regalia orders should be placed by April 12, 2020. Regalia orders may be picked up in the bookstore May 4- 11, 2021.

Keynote Commencement Speaker

2021 Keynote Commencement Speaker | Krishauna Hines-Gaither

Meet Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither, PhD

Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither serves as the Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. As a former professor, she has taught Spanish, Women’s Studies, African Diaspora Studies, and (Afro) Latin American Studies for over 20 years. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from UNC-Greensboro, her Master’s degree in Spanish Education from Wake Forest University, her Bachelor’s degree, also in Spanish Education, from Salem College, and she is a very proud 1999 graduate of Forsyth Technical Community College’s  Associate in Arts College Transfer Program. She is also a recipient of Forsyth Tech’s 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Hines-Gaither is the owner of Hines-Gaither Consulting, LLC, a firm that is dedicated to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments. Her consulting firm employs over a dozen expert consultants throughout the country. Dr. Hines-Gaither is a frequent speaker and consultant to top-rated companies throughout the United States.

Forsyth Tech Commencement FAQ’s

How do I sign up to attend the graduation event?

You may register via the links below. Please sign up for 1 ceremony, based on your division.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will be for our transfer graduates receiving the Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A) and Associate of Engineering (A.E.) degrees.

The 3 p.m. ceremony will be for all students receiving Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees, diplomas, and certificates, in all other programs, (i.e., business, IT, engineering, early childhood, health technologies, public safety, etc.).

How do I get my regalia?

You can always go pick up your regalia in the Robert L. Strickland Center Bookstore on our main campus, but if you’d like your regalia shipped directly to your home address, please go to this link to order:​

Do I need to register my guests?

No, you only need to register yourself for the ceremony you are attending. We will automatically email you the tickets for your guests.

How will I get my tickets for my guests?

Tickets for your 3 guests will be emailed the week prior to commencement. Please check your Forsyth Tech email.

I graduated in 2020, can I participate in the spring 2021 graduation events?

Yes, we welcome all graduates from the 2020 and 2021 class to participate in Grad Fair and Commencement.

Are tickets required for the commencement ceremonies?

Yes, each graduate will receive 2-3 tickets. Tickets will be emailed to graduates who have registered through the RSVP system. We are currently guaranteeing 3 tickets per graduate and if space allows, we will increase that number to 4.

How do I get a cap and gown for the ceremony?

Caps and gowns may be obtained at Grad Fair, April 12-16. There is no charge to you for the cap and gown.

What if I need special assistance at the ceremony?

If accommodations are needed to participate in any commencement activities, please contact Accessibility Resources at 336-734-7378 or

How early should my family and I arrive for the ceremony?

Please arrive no earlier than 1 hour prior to the ceremony. Parking and gates will not open prior to 1 hour before your ceremony start time.

Parking is limited so please carpool with your guests as much as possible. Overflow parking and shuttle will be available. More details to come.

How long will the graduation ceremony last?

The ceremony will last between 1.5 and 2 hours.

How will I get my actual diploma?

Degrees may be picked up on campus, in the Strickland Center on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

I have an accounts receivable hold.  Do I have to pay that before I get my diploma?

Yes, you must settle your balance before you may receive your actual diploma.