Graduation 2020-2021

Congratulations on approaching the required number of credits and the necessary GPA to graduate for a degree or certificate. Please check this page regularly for graduation updates, including venue information. All graduates are invited to walk in Gateway Community College's Commencement Ceremony, held in May.

Gateway Community College 29th Commencement

The college will hold its commencement at the Hartford Healthcare Amphitheater located at 500 Broad Street in Bridgeport.  The ceremony will begin on May 27th promptly at 4:00 p.m.  Guests will only be allowed into the Amphitheater between 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. 

RSVP FORM for 2020 & 2021 graduates

The deadline to RSVP for in-person participation has been extended to Friday, May 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.



The Grad Guide is for important information such as ordering your cap and gown, guest tickets, special accommodations.

Click here to view the Grad Guide!



Cap & Gowns must be ordered and will be available for pick-up at Graduation Fairs along with tickets and additional important graduation information.  Graduates must know their height and weight to place their order.

Order Here!



GCC Students, get creative. All graduating students are welcome to enter the camp design content. Some decoration supplies will be provided at the Graduation Fairs. The contest will close on May 21, 2021. 

Email your photo to with the subject line "Cap Decorating Contest" and your First Name, Last Name, Banner ID number, and permission (yes/no) that we can use the photo for the GCC website and other promotional materials. 



Attend a Graduation Fair and be ready for the Big Day!

Graduation Fairs will be held at the New Haven campus at 20 Church Street.

Sign up and attend Fair at:

Wednesday,  May 12 4pm - 6pm
Thursday,  May 13 10am - 1pm
Friday, May 14 11am - 3pm


Additional Graduation Fair dates and times will be made available for students to pick up necessary Commencement items. Continue to check back periodically for additional dates.

Registration for Graduation Fairs is required. RSVP here!

Pick up tickets, Pick up pre-ordered cap and gown, Participate in Cap Decorating Contest, Receive Graduate Name Card, Receive information regarding class rings, And much more.




Graduates, we want to see your faces!  Visit the photo booth to receive your GCC photo and be a part of our 2021 photo mosaic! Make sure to take your picture by 6pm on May 12th in order to be included in our mosaic presentation that will be shown at Commencement! Click here to visit the photo booth and submit your photo.



A professional photographer will be available to take your photo before and after receiving your diploma cover on stage. Learn more about purchasing photographs here.



Thursday, May 20 |  6:00 PM

The annual Awards Convocation celebrates the accomplishments of students with outstanding academic excellence.

Students will receive a link to join the ceremony as well as an additional link for family and friends to view the ceremony.




Graduate guest tickets have increased from two tickets to four tickets per graduate. Due to social distancing protocols, tickets will be located in pods of four guests. There will be no additional tickets handed out.

The graduation will be live streamed so that additional guests will be able view from their homes. Tickets will need to be picked up by the graduates at the scheduled Graduation Fair and scheduled times at the college.

If your guest tickets have green on the top portion, your guests may enter from 2:15 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.

If your guest tickets have blue on the top portion, your guests may enter from 2:40 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.

If your guest tickets have red on the top portion, your guests may enter from 3:05 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

If your guests miss their time, they will be allowed to enter from 3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

The doors will shut at promptly at 3:45 p.m. for the procession and reopen immediately after the procession for later entry.



Graduates, family, and friends unable to attend the in-person ceremony, can celebrate from afar! Grab the family together, make some popcorn, and watch the entire event live streamed from GCC’s official social media channels.



To be considered a degree/certificate candidate, students must fill out the graduation application by the specified deadlines. Due to time constraints, NO EXCEPTIONS to these deadlines will be made.

Spring 2021 graduates Application deadline is March 26, 2021
Summer 2021 graduates Application deadline is June 11, 2021



To order a lost diploma, complete the REQUEST FOR A REPLACEMENT DIPLOMA and return to the Bursar’s Office at Gateway. If you cannot come in person, email the form to Once the form is signed by the student and Bursar, please bring it to the Registrar’s Office in room N-214.



Design your very own jewelry piece that lets your school pride live on. Click here to learn more!