Graduation – the completion of all degree requirements.
Commencement – the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree.
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
SPCC Monroe Campus
4209 Old Charlotte Hwy
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Commencement Details Coming Soon
An email will be sent during the spring semester to the potential graduate’s SPCC email with commencement day instructions, including information regarding tickets, parking, etc.
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 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 courses by April 8 to ensure their eligibility to participate in the spring graduation 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 8 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*Courses withdrawn or failed may change program status and graduation eligibility.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 ceremonies. Graduates will receive an email when their credential(s) is available to pick-up a the location indicated on the Graduation Eligibility Form. Duplicate awards cost $5 each Credentials will be available to pick up for 1 month. Any credential not picked up after a month will be mailed, free of chard, to the address that is on file. **Mailing hardcover diploma covers will require additional mailing fees.
Students need to make sure they complete the ‘Graduation Eligibility Form’ once they receive graduation eligibility notification via SPCC email. If students fail to update their name and address, the current information on file will be used. 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 check to make sure graduation has been posted.
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 other 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
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
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
64 to 76
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