It’s Time for Graduation
2019 Commencement Ceremonies
Commencement ceremonies are conducted at the end of the spring semester. This includes students completing all program and graduation requirements from Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019.
2019 Commencement Ceremony for Certificate recipients
Thursday, May 2nd @ 6:00 pm
2019 Commencement Ceremony for Diploma & Degree recipients
Thursday, May 9th @ 6:00 pm
Union County Agricultural Center
Graduation Tickets for each ceremony
**Graduation tickets will be determined after the March 1st graduation requirements deadline.
Graduation requirements include: completed graduation application (including advisor signature), purchase of cap & gown OR approval by the Registrar’s Office, and payment of all fees by the March 1st deadline.
Students that complete all graduation requirements after March 1st, if allowed to participate, will receive a reduced number of tickets. Due to limited seating, extra tickets will not be available.
Are you ready? – Graduation Requirements **Due by March 1st
1. Graduation Application- Due March 1st
Please submit a separate application for each degree, diploma, and/or certificate, regardless of whether or not you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. Submit your signed GRADUATION APPLICATION to the Registrar’s Office after meeting with your program advisor to review your graduation status and sign your graduation application.
The following are the minimum requirements for graduation. (*Some departments may have additional
requirements applicable only to that department.)
- Have a 2.0 GPA (grade point average) in your major and an overall 2.0 GPA
- Completed all required courses in your program of study
- Satisfied all division or departmental requirements
- Paid all fees due to the College
- Returned all property of the College, i.e., library books, videos, tapes, etc.
- Paid graduation fees
- Met residency requirement’s for graduation
- Ordered cap and gown or approval by the Registrar’s Office
2. Pay graduation fees at the Business Office **March 1st
$20.00 – participation in graduation, includes degree, diploma, or certificate and cover
$5.00 for each additional degree, diploma, and/or certificate.
3. Purchase cap, gown, and tassel at the bookstore – SPCC Bookstore **March 1st
Cap, gown, and tassel – $43.00 + tax
Individually: Gown – $30, Cap – $7, Tassel – $6
Classic Photography & Imaging
Photos will be available online 72 hours after your commencement ceremony.
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs
1. Can I request extra tickets? You may check with other participating graduates for extra tickets. The Registrar’s Office does not have additional tickets.
2. My sister is only 2 years old. Does she need a ticket? Yes, due to fire marshal code, tickets will be collected at the door for each person entering, regardless of age or seat location.
3. Where do I pick up my tickets? You will pick up your tickets at whichever campus you stated you on your graduation application, no later than the day before graduation. An email will be sent to you when they are ready for pick-up.
4. I can’t pick up my tickets, what do I do? Email the registrar’s office email@example.com and let them know you are giving permission for “X” to pick them up (picture ID is required).
**Ticket are not available for pick up the day of graduation.
5. Can I leave my tickets for guests to pick up at the door? No, No ticket – no entry
6. Is there a dress code for graduation? Yes, NO alterations or changes to your regalia, including caps, are to be made.
Appropriate attire under your academic regalia includes the following:
– Dark colored dress pants or slacks for men
– Dark colored dress pants, slacks, dresses, or skirts below the knee for women
– Dark colored dress shoes or nice sandals (No flip-flops)
– Comfortable shoes are recommended
7. What if I decorate my cap? Alterations are not allowed, you will not be allowed to participate unless you purchase a new cap.
8. Do you have a place that I can put my stuff during graduation? (ex. jacket, purse, etc.) No, leave your personal items in your car or give them to a ticketed guest at your arrival.
9. Are balloons/noisemakers allowed? No, they are a distraction for other guests.
10. What if I have guests with special accommodations? Follow the instructions in the email sent out by the Registrar’s office by Monday, April 29, 2019.
11. What if I arrive late? If guests arrive late, they will not be allowed in until there is a good stopping point in the ceremony. If a graduate misses the line-up for students, they will not be allowed to participate.
12. When will my degree, diploma, or certificate be available? Provided that you have met all of the requirements of your degree, you will be receiving an email 4 to 6 weeks after the semester ends announcing that your degree is available. Your degree will be available at the campus indicated on your graduation application.
Call or visit the Registrar’s Office if you have any questions or concerns.
How to Contact the Registrar’s Office