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Heartland Community College

Commencement Ceremony

Graduation is a big deal. Let's celebrate!

Join us for the HCC Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremony!

All students who have completed a degree or certificate during the 2023-2024 academic year are invited to participate in the spring Commencement ceremony. After completing your application for graduation, you will be asked to confirm your attendance in your student center. 

We will be hosting our Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 17th at the Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington. Commencement will begin promptly at 6:30pm.

Graduates will be allowed to invite friends and family to this milestone. 

As always, the safety and health of our students is our top priority. We will be continually assessing the current situation and guidelines. If there would be any changes in our event planning, we will keep you updated. 

Friday, May 17, 2024
6:30 p.m.

  1. Graduates can pick up their cap and gown May 13-16 (click here for gown and cap pickup details)
  2. On May 17, graduates are to arrive at Grossinger Motors Arena by 5:30 pm.
  3. The Arena has a clear bag policy, and only see-through bags with personal belongings will be admitted. 
  4. Parking in Arena lots will be free for Commencement attendees.
  5. Graduates are to enter on the south side of the Arena at the Pepsi Ice Rink entrance.
  6. Inside the Arena, Heartland staff will direct you to the check-in area where you will be seated.
  7. Guests can enter through any open doors and will be directed to guest seating.
  8. Ceremony duration will be approximately 2 hours; students are expected to stay for the entire event.  

If you initially indicated you were not planning to participate in the Commencement ceremony and later decide you would like to participate, contact HCC Records Office. 

Commencement Program

The 2024 Commencement Program is now available. A list of graduates is also available for you to view and/or print. 


There are plenty of seats at Grossinger Motors Arena for your guests. At this time, there is no limit to how many guests you can bring to celebrate with you. 


Can't join us in person?
Join us virtually by viewing the live stream
Commencement 2024 Livestream link

Clear Bag Policy

At the Grossinger Motors Arena, there will be a "clear bag policy" for you and your guests. When you receive your cap and gown, we will provide you with a clear bag to use, but we recommend letting your guests know that they will need to use a clear bag for their belongings on the day of Commencement.
More information about the clear bag policy here.


As a part of our Commencement ceremony, we will be providing a sign language interpreter. However, if you or any of your guests will need an accommodation to participate in our celebration, please contact us at


All Heartland graduates will be professionally photographed during the ceremony. Pictures will be available to view/purchase online Saturday, May 18th at 6 pm. on the following website:   

Receiving Your Diploma

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Participation in the commencement ceremony does not automatically ensure you have earned a degree, certificate or diploma.
  • Graduation audits are completed as soon as possible following the ceremony for spring and summer candidates.
  • Diplomas will be mailed to you approximately 3-5 weeks after all final grades are posted and all financial obligations have been met.

Contact Us


Records Office
CCB 1600
Phone: 309-268-8071

Commencement Ceremony

Student Engagement Office
WDC 1200
Phone: 309-268-8026