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 Graduation Activities 2018


Commencement Rehearsal
Commencement Line-up
Commencement Ceremony
Parking and Transportation

Tips for Graduates
TSU Campus Map
Directions to Gentry Center
Photo Disclaimer
Cap & Gown Etiquette
Photo Info for Graduates
Restaurants Near TSU

2017 Graduation Video Highlights:  https://youtu.be/NIMzh2VwO6I

2017 Full Length Video: https://youtu.be/oDMYRzZ4xFc


 Cap and Gown Ordering

There is not cost to students for ordering caps and gowns.

Wednesday, February 7th and Thursday, February 8th

11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

In person cap and gown on-line ordering will be held in the Bookstore Commons Area on the Main Campus.

Plese make sure that you click submit after placing your order.

During the on-line ordering process, please choose the campus that you attend for cap and gown pick-up.

The website is open to purchase other items such as invitations, rings,etc...

The Deadline Date to place your on-line order is March 26th by 12 Midnight


 Cap and Gown Pick-Up

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 and Thursday, May 3, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday

  Nashville State Community College - Main Campus
Student Services Center - Room S-118

Each graduate that placed an order by the deadline will receive a Cap and Gown,

 a Graduation Information Packet, and other related items. 

Clarksville, and Humphreys County Graduates

Caps and gowns will be sent to your satellite campuses, along with all related items.

Please note location and phone number for your campus contacts.

Clarksville Campus:  931- 472-3450

Humphreys County Campus:   931-296-1739, Ext. 0

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Commencement Rehearsal

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Tennessee State University
Howard Gentry Center
 Walter S. Davis Boulevard

TSU and Nashville State Officers will be on duty to assist with parking. There will be several TSU Shuttles to transport graduates from the parking lot to the Olympic Statue. Please be on time.  Graduates will rehearse the commencement ceremony and will be given instructions on line up, processional, seating, and the recessional.  Caps and gowns are not needed for the rehearsal.  Graduates must bring name cards to rehearsal. These cards are issued in the Graduation Information packets. To find out what to expect during rehearsal, click on rehearsal agenda.

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Commencement Line Up for Ceremony

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
5:00 p.m.
Tennessee State University
Howard Gentry Center
Walter S. Davis Boulevard

You must be on time for line up.  Graduates will line up in the back hallways of the Gentry Center in the same order as practiced during  the commencement rehearsal. Guests will not be allowed in the line up area.

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Commencement Ceremony

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Tennessee State University
Howard Gentry Center
Walter S. Davis Boulevard 

Nashville State Community College will celebrate its 54th Commencement Ceremony on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.  The ceremony will be held at Howard Gentry Center of Tennessee State University.  The Gentry Center is located on Walter S. Davis Boulevard. 

Graduates will be allowed to bring an unlimited number of guests. The ceremony will begin with a musical prelude performed by The Capitol Brass Quintet, announcements, and the processional will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. 

Graduates arriving late, after the processional has started, will be directed to sit in the last row(s) of the commencement area during the ceremony.  Even if graduates have been to rehearsal, late arrivals will not be allowed to disrupt the ceremony by cutting into line or seating. Late arrivals will still have their names called, walk across the stage and have graduation photos made.

Doors to the arena will close at 5:50 p.m.  If guests arrive after 5:50 p.m., they will be directed to the second floor level to enter the arena.  If guests are disabled, they will be allowed to wait in the lobby area until the processional has concluded to enter the arena. 

Guests must stay in their seat to take pictures. Guests are not allowed on the main Gentry Center floor to take photos.  There will be professional photographers taking photos of graduates before they enter the stage and after they receive their diplomas. These photos will be available for purchase through the photography agency. Photo info for Graduates

Note:  Balloons and noise makers are NOT allowed in the Gentry Center.  These items will be confiscated by NSCC Officers and/or TSU Police and will not be returned.


There is a Clear Bag Policy for the Gentry Center that restricts the size and type of bags that may be brought into the Gentry Center.  Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl and small clutch purses that do not exceed 12"x 6" are permissible.  All bags regardless of size are subject to inspection.  If there's a medical reson to carry a large bag, consideration wil be given on a case by case bases, after proper inspection.

Cans, bottles, plastic containers to include bottled water will not be allowed into the center.

No backpacks, briefcases are permitted.> 

  Please tell your guest NOT to bring these items into the Ceremony/gym area.

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Parking and Transportation at the TSU Gentry Center

Shuttle service is being provided for graduates and guests from the main Gentry Center parking lot to the Olympic Statue. You will enter the Gentry Center by using the walk way.  Wheelchair-accessible shuttles will also be available. The Gentry Center has several parking areas with a number of handicapped spaces. 

Nashville State Security Officers, along with TSU Police, will be stationed in the parking areas to direct parking to the Gentry Center.  Directional signage will also be in place.

During the commencement rehearsal and for the ceremony,TSU shuttles will transport graduates and guest from the parking lot to the the Olympic Statue.  Please take the walkway to the Gentry Center. 

Overflow parking for the Commencement Ceremony will be at W.S. Davis and Tigerbell Blvd. There will be a TSU Police at this location to direct you to parking. Shuttle service will also be provided for this area before and after Commencement Ceremony.


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Accessible Seating and Services in the Gentry Center

There is a restricted area on the arena floor of the Gentry Center designated for guests who use walkers, scooters, or wheelchairs, and for those with limited mobility.  This area is marked with signage and there will be personnel along with Security to assist those that fit these criteria. 

Please know that only one other family member can sit with the person needing accessible seating, a total of two people per family in this restricted area.

Due to the number of guests with limited mobility who attend the NSCC commencement ceremony at the Gentry Center, this area has limited seatingThese restrictions are designed to minimize accidents, and to allow emergency access, if needed. We appreciate your assistance in adhering to these guidelines.

Please let your families know before Tuesday, May 8th about this designated area for those guests who use scooters, wheelchairs, and walkers, or have limited mobility. Please inform them that only one family member  can sit with each limited mobility guest. It is our desire to make accommodations for those who need a more accessible location to view the commencement ceremony. With you and your families’ cooperation and understanding, we will be better able to accommodate many of our guests with mobility challenges.


Thank you!