Commencement exercises are a special experience that no graduate should miss. You are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony to celebrate your academic accomplishments. It is a time for you to receive well-deserved recognition for your hard work. For questions regarding graduation, please call 727-302-6884.
Note: Be sure to apply for graduation by the deadline. Being part of the graduation exercise does not imply or suggest you have met all graduation requirements. Graduation certification is made by Admissions and Records after final grades are posted. Immediately following your posting, your diploma will be mailed to you. For spring and summer graduates, this takes about six weeks; for fall graduates, this could take up to eight weeks because of the college's winter break.
Preparing to participate in graduation
Purchasing your cap and gown
Students can purchase their cap and gown for a nominal fee from the Barnes & Noble campus bookstores. The gown should be removed from the package immediately and placed on a hanger to allow the folds to fall out. The deadline for obtaining your cap and gown is the Friday before graduation. Please bring these items with you to the ceremony.
NOTE: Graduates receiving bachelor’s degrees wear colored tassels that vary according to their majors. Please let your bookstore know if you are receiving a bachelor’s degree.
What to wear
The suggested attire for men is black or solid dark pants, white shirt, black or solid ties and black or dark shoes. The suggested attire for women is a white or light solid-colored dress and black or dark shoes. Wear comfortable shoes as the processional is long.
The cap should be placed on your head so that the mortar board is level, with the long point of the crown to the back. The front point should be well down on your forehead with no hair showing in front. Put the tassel on the right side.
If you are receiving an associate or bachelor's degree with honors, you will receive gold cord(s) in recognition of your academic achievement. Honor cords will be distributed on graduation day prior to the ceremony. Your overall GPA (A.A., A.S. and A.A.S. recipients) for honor cords must be at least 3.30 for one cord, and 3.80 or above for two cords (high honors). Your overall GPA for a bachelor’s degree must be at least 3.50 for one honor cord and 3.80 or above for two honor cords. The GPA used to compute honors eligibility is based on the prior term cumulative GPA and can be found on your unofficial transcript in MySPC.
Graduating veterans may receive a red, white and blue cord from Veterans Affairs. Members of Phi Theta Kappa may order their graduation stoles through their chapter sponsors.
Receiving your diploma
Your diploma will not be in the cover you receive at graduation. Diplomas will be mailed approximately six weeks after the ceremony to you if you have applied and paid the fee for graduation by the deadline and satisfied all degree requirements.
Final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements rests with you, the student. Request a graduation check from your academic advisor for verification of degree(s). There will not be time to compute final grades prior to the commencement ceremony. If you fail to meet graduation requirements, you must reapply for graduation for the next term. Graduation applications are not carried forward automatically.
If your diploma is damaged, a replacement can be produced for $15. To request a replacement diploma, please contact Denise Wilson at 727-302-6884. The original diploma must be returned, regardless of condition.
NOTE: Honors designation on your diploma will be based on your final cumulative GPA.
- If you are a student with a disability who requires accommodations, our staff can provide accessible seating, interpreters for the deaf or hard-of-hearing and other accommodations as needed. Please call Disability Resources at 727-341-3398 to make arrangements at least seven days prior to the graduation ceremony.
- You should receive a name card in the mail the week of graduation; please bring it with you. It is used to call your name as you walk forward to receive your diploma cover. If you do not receive a name card in the mail, this does not mean you are not graduating or that you cannot participate in the ceremony. Extra name cards will be available at the ceremony. If there is an error in your name, phone number, or address, please call Denise Wilson at 727-302-6884. Your diploma will be mailed to the address you entered on your graduation application.
- To see proofs and order copies of professional photos taken at the ceremony, log in with your last name and the year you graduated at GradImages.
- The ceremony lasts approximately 2 hours. Please plan accordingly and be courteous to other graduates by not leaving early.
- We recommended that guests and graduates arrange, in advance, an outside meeting location following the ceremony.
- There is no provision for secured storage of personal items. Leave all personal belongings at home or with family members.
- For graduation ceremonies held at Tropicana Field, please review these security policies that explain procedures and prohibited items at the field. Heightened security measures are in effect at the field throughout the year, including during the college’s graduation ceremony.