students and faculty dressed in cap and gown at graduation


HCC's 53rd Commencement Ceremony will be held in person at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday, May 6, 2022. All Fall 2021 graduates and Spring and Summer 2022 candidates are invited to participate in the ceremony. This page is designed to give you some basic information about commencement.

Please scroll down for the Commencement Live Stream and Chat. 

Commencement Location
Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 4800 U.S. Hwy. 301 North, Tampa, FL  33610  
Parking: $8 cars, $16 RV/Bus, cash only. You may enter at either the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) or US Highway 301 entrance. 

Commencement Apparel and Tickets
Caps and gowns will be available for purchase from the HCC Bookstore beginning March 22. Each graduate will receive four guest tickets for Commencement with the purchase of their Cap and Gown.* All guests will be required to show their tickets for entry to the event.

*Tickets will be distributed only to HCC graduates. A Photo id must be presented to receive your tickets. If you purchased a cap and gown online, tickets will be mailed with your order.

Commencement Day 
7:15 am - Doors open
7:30 am - President's Breakfast 
8:30 am - Arrive at Fairgrounds (For graduates who are not attending the President's Breakfast)
9:00 am - Student Line Up  
9:30 am - Processional begins 
10:00 am - Ceremony begins 

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

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.

Watch our ceremony live

Our live stream will start at 9:00 a.m., approximately 30 minutes before the Processional begins. 

Live Stream

Click "Live Stream" above to open the video in a larger window.


Live Chat

Click the three dots below to open chat in a new window 


Additional Information 

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.

Special Thanks
Special thanks to our Commencement Sponsor: Suncoast Credit Union

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