Are you ready for Graduation?

Graduation – the completion of all degree requirements.
Commencement – the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a credential.

Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement ceremonies are conducted at the end of the spring semester and include graduates from the previous Fall semester and potential graduates from the current Spring and upcoming Summer semesters. 

2022 Commencement Ceremony for Degree, Diploma & Certificate recipients

Saturday, May 14 @ 10:00 am
South Piedmont Community College, Old Charlotte Highway Campus
4209 Old Charlotte Hwy, Monroe NC 28110

Graduation Fees & Requirements:

  • Students that participate in the commencement ceremony will receive 1 free hardcover diploma case at the ceremony
  • Students not participating in the commencement ceremony may purchase a hardcover diploma case for $15
  • All outstanding fees need to be paid
  • *Purchase cap & gown from the Bookstore OR have cap & gown approved by Registrar’s Office
  • *If the purchase of regalia poses a financial hardship, please contact Diana Gagné at dgagne@spcc.edu

An email with specific information regarding tickets and commencement details was sent April 5 to all potential graduates that have completed their graduation eligibility form and purchased regalia.

Graduation Photos:

Photos of all participating graduates will be taken by: Classic Photography  https://classic-photo.com/


An email was sent April 5 to all potential graduates that have completed their graduation eligibility form and purchased regalia.

Live Streaming:

Graduation will be livestreamed and a link will be available on the College’s main website. 

Graduation Fair 

To prepare for graduation, SPCC will host two Graduation Fairs!

L.L. Polk Campus (Polkton) in the Martin Student Center
Tuesday, March 15 – 9 am to 6 pm

OCH Campus (Monroe) in the Main Building Student Life Area
Thursday, March 17 – 9 am to 6 pm

If you were not able to attend the Graduation Fair, please complete the following:
     – Visit or call the Bookstore at 704-290-5848 to purchase your regalia by *March 25th. (Regalia: $46.97 for black cap, gown & tassel. Items sold separately) *After March 25th shipping and handling will be charged.
     – Call the Registrar’s Office at 704-272-5328 to verify completion of your Graduation Eligibility Form or discuss approval of a previously purchased/borrowed cap and gown.

Check your SPCC email for more information.     

SPCC Graduation Eligibility
South Piedmont Community College does not require students to submit an application for graduation. Graduation eligibility is determined by the Registrar’s Office. 

Students who meet graduation eligibility requirements will be notified of their pending graduation eligibility through their South Piedmont Community College email account.  Any student who believes they are eligible for graduation but has not received notification after midterm should contact their advisor or the Advising Center.

Students completing their program of study in the summer semester must be enrolled in their final course(s) by April 2 to ensure their eligibility to participate in the spring commencement ceremony.

Upon receiving the graduation eligibility notification email from the Registrar’s Office, students will be directed to complete the required Graduation Eligibility Form. This form must be submitted by April 2 to have the student’s name printed in the spring commencement program.

*Courses withdrawn or failed may change program status and graduation eligibility.

Distribution of Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates
Degrees, diplomas and certificates are NOT given out at the commencement ceremony. Graduates will receive an email when their credential(s) is available to pick-up at the location indicated on the Graduation Eligibility Form.  Duplicate awards cost $5 each.  Credentials will be available to pick up for one (1) month. Any credential not picked up after a month will be mailed, free of charge, to the address on file. **Additional mailing charge applies for hardcover diploma covers.

Students need to complete the ‘Graduation Eligibility Form’ to specify spelling of name on credential and verify contact information for mailing of credential.  Students will be notified through their SPCC email if their award documents are returned by the post office.  The award documents must then be picked up at the L.L. Polk Campus in Polkton within 90 days; unclaimed awards will be shredded.  Replacement awards are $5 each.

Transcripts: Before requesting final transcripts, students should verify that graduation has been posted on their records. 

Any changes that need to be made after the Graduation Eligibility Form has been submitted, should be sent to the Registrar’s Office.

For most programs, a student is eligible for graduation when they have satisfied the specific requirements of the college and the program for which they are enrolled, completed a minimum of 25% of the credit hours required in residence at SPCC, and have earned at least a 2.0 program and overall GPA.  Students accepted into programs with competitive entrance requirements may have to meet additional graduation criteria.

Students enrolled in a degree (diploma), will automatically be eligible for graduation in lower level diploma and certificate programs.

Students continuously enrolled may graduate using the catalog under which initially enrolled or the current catalog (The advising center can help update a catalog year). A student’s record will be made inactive if they do not enroll for two consecutive terms (summer term excluded).  If a student’s record is made inactive, the catalog year will be updated based on the semester the student returns.

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all program and course requirements to earn their degree, diploma, and/or certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

  1. Can I request extra tickets? See email with information for requesting up to 3 tickets by lottery.
  2. My sister is only 2 years old. Does she need a ticket for outdoor commencement seating? Children under 4 do not need a ticket IF they are sitting on a ticketed guests lap and the event is outdoors.
  3. Can I wear cords, stoles or tassels? Students may wear graduation embellishments such as cords/stoles. All graduation embellishments must be directly related to their college-level experience and represents an experience/honor contributing to their education. Any non-SPCC organization issued cords/stoles/tassels will need to have prior approval by the Registrar’s Office, send an email to registrar@spcc.edu or call 704-272-5337.
  4. Where do I pick up my tickets? At the same campus that you indicated on the Graduation Eligibility Form.
  5. Is there a dress code for graduation? Graduation is a formal event and appropriate attire is expected. You will be walking outside on uneven grass and concrete, comfortable shoes are highly recommended (not responsible for damaged footwear).
  6. Can we decorate our caps? Yes, caps can be decorated. All decorations must be in line with our school’s mission and vision statement.  Inappropriate caps will result in the removal of the cap before the ceremony.
  7. 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.
  8. Are balloons/noisemakers allowed? No, they are a distraction for other guests.
  9. What if I have guests with special accommodations? Send an email to Registrar@spcc.edu.
  10. What if I arrive late? Entrances will be closed at 9:45 am.
  11. When will my degree, diploma, or certificate be available? Provided that you have met all of the requirements of your degree, your award will be available for pick up 2 to 4 weeks after commencement, at the location you designated on your Graduation Eligibility Form.

Call or visit the Registrar’s Office if you have any questions or concerns.

Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Requirements


# of credits

Time to complete if full-time student


Courses in Program


12 to 18

1 semester

Training for skilled technical jobs

Includes **major course work


36 to 38

1 year (2 semesters and summer session)

Provide entry-level employment training

Minimum of 6 credits in *Gen Ed in addition to **major course work


60 to 76

2 years

Transfer to a university or enter the workforce

Minimum of 15 credits of *Gen ED in addition to **major course work

*Gen Ed (General Education) – courses such as English, Math, Science, Humanities, etc.

**Major Course Work – courses specific to the program such as nursing, welding, etc.

How to Contact the Registrar’s Office

Call: 704.993.2413
Fax: 704.272.5303

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