Graduation | BCTC


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BCTC hosts one graduation ceremony each academic year in May. August and December graduates and all May credential candidates are invited to attend. Information regarding the graduation ceremony is posted online during the Spring term as it becomes available. An email containing more specific information about graduation is sent to the student's KCTCS email address.

Attention Graduates!

August and December 2023 Graduates and Candidates for May 2024 Graduation

Congratulations! The Bluegrass Community and Technical College Graduation Activities Committee would like to invite you, your family, and friends to participate in the graduation activities for 2024. For your reference, we have put together the following schedule of events related to the graduation activities.

Credentials are not issued at the ceremony. They will be mailed to the address indicated in your self-service account approximately eight weeks after the ceremony.

In preparation for the graduation ceremony, please plan to attend one of our Graduation Information Sessions. Sessions will last approximately one hour. Your attendance will ensure a smooth commencement ceremony.


Date Location
Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 3:00 p.m Leestown Campus, Conference Center
Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 5:30 p.m. Newtown Campus, Science Education Center, Room 102
Thursday, May 2, 2024, 12:00 p.m. Leestown Campus, Conference Center
Friday, May 3, 2024, 10:00 a.m. Newtown Campus, Science Education Center, Room 102


Date Meeting Link
Monday, April 29, 2024, 12:00 p.m. Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Monday, April 29, 2024, 5:00 p.m. Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Tuesday, April 30, 2024, 10:00 a.m. Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 12:00 p.m. Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

All students participating in the ceremony will need to purchase a royal blue cap, gown, and tassel by March 29, 2024. These need to be ordered through the Herff Jones online portal and picked up at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on Leestown or Newtown Campus. There is also an option to have them shipped to your home address. Different packages are available with costs starting at $41.98 (plus tax). If you would like to purchase announcements, please place your order by February 29, 2024.

The commencement ceremonies will be held at Frederick Douglass High School on Friday, May 3, 2024 and Saturday, May 4, 2024. Please see the Ceremony Schedule for details.

Frederick Douglass High School is located at 2000 Winchester Road, Lexington, Kentucky.

Admission tickets are not issued to the commencement. It is free and open to family, friends, and the public. Free parking is available.

Graduation Date and Time Programs in Commencement

Friday, May 3, 2024, 7:00 p.m.

Graduates should arrive by 6:00 p.m.

Allied Health: Cosmetology, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Rescue Science Technology, Health Science Technology, Medical Assisting, Medical Information Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Radiography, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology

Nursing: Kentucky Medicaid Nurse Aide, Medicaid Nurse Aide, Nursing, Practical Nursing

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 9:00 a.m.

Graduates should arrive by 8:00 a.m.

Advanced Manufacturing: Computerized Manufacturing and Machining, Engineering and Electronics Technology, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Integrated Engineering Technology

Business, Computer, and Information Systems: Administrative Office Technology, Business Administration, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer and Information Technologies, Cybersecurity, Filmmaking and Cinematic Arts, Graphic Design and Library Technology, Supply Chain Management

Communications, History, Languages, and Social Sciences: Criminal Justice, Education, General Occupational and Technical Studies, Human Services, Interdisciplinary Childhood Education

Natural Sciences: Biotechnology Laboratory Technician, Environmental Science Technology

Skilled Trades: Air Conditioning Technology, Architecture Technology, Automotive Technology, Civil Engineering, Computer Aided Drafting Design, Construction Technology, Diesel Technology, Electrical Technology, Equine Studies, Orthotic and Prosthetic Technology, Welding Technology

Associate in Fine Arts: Theatre

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 1:00 p.m.

Graduates should arrive by 12:00 p.m.

Associate in Arts

Associate in Science

Professional photographs will be taken at the commencement ceremony and various packages are available. You are under no obligation to order photographs and no money is required unless you place an order. Information on photograph costs will be available at rehearsal. Personal photographs and videos can be made during the ceremony in designated areas only.
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Applications for Graduation

Bluegrass Community and Technical College now has ONE online graduation application that will be used for all students for all programs.  Please see your advisor to discuss courses needed to fulfill the curriculum requirements for your program.  They will perform an audit for you to ensure you are ready to apply for graduation.  Then you will need to complete and submit the online graduation application by the deadline stated above.

You must complete and submit the graduation application on a COMPUTER. If you use a CELL PHONE or TABLET the graduation application submission will NOT occur!

Please note: Older, paper versions of the graduation applications will be NOT be accepted!

BCTC Online Graduation Application

Students with graduation questions may send an email to:


If you have any questions concerning graduation feel free to contact us at