Graduation – the completion of all degree requirements.
Commencement – the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree.
2020 Commencement Ceremonies
Commencement ceremonies are conducted at the end of the spring semester. This includes students completing all program and graduation requirements from Fall 2019, Spring 2020, and Summer 2020.
2020 Commencement Ceremony for Diploma & Certificate recipients
The date for the Diploma/Certificate Commencement is still TBD. Check your email for future updates.
2020 Commencement Ceremony for Degree recipients
Thursday, May 14 @ 6:00 pm
Virtual Graduation 2020 Information
Graduation Tickets for each ceremony
Tickets are not needed for the virtual Graduation
South Piedmont Community College does not require students to submit an application for graduation. Graduation eligibility is determined by the Registrar’s Office.
Graduation Eligibility Notification
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 1 to ensure their eligibility to participate in the spring graduation ceremony.
Upon receiving the graduation eligibility notification from the Registrar’s Office, students will be directed to complete the required Graduation Information Form. This form must be submitted by April 1 to have the student’s name printed in the spring Commencement program.
*Courses withdrawn or failed may change program status and graduation eligibility.
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.
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.
Distribution of Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates
Degrees, diplomas and certificates are NOT given out at the commencement ceremonies. The Registrar’s Office completes graduation processes and mails awards within six (6) weeks after final grades have been posted and final evaluations are complete. Before requesting final transcripts, students should check to make sure graduation has been posted.
Students need to make sure they complete the ‘Graduation Information Form’ once they receive the Graduation Eligibility notification via SPCC email. Awards will be mailed to the address provided on the Graduation Information Form. 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.
Any changes that need to be made after the Graduation Information Form has been submitted, should be sent to the Registrar’s Office.
More information coming
Pay Graduation Fees
$15 – participation in Commencement ceremony (includes hard cover case)
Each curriculum graduate will receive a degree, diploma and/or certificate mailed to them, compliments of the Student Government Association. Duplicate awards cost $5 each.
Purchase Cap, Gown, & Tassel
Cap, gown, and tassel – $43.00 + tax
Individually: Gown – $30, Cap – $7, Tassel – $6
Union County tax rate is 6.75%
Anson County tax rate is 7%
Or bring cap and gown to the Registrar’s Office for review
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs
1. Can I request extra tickets? Currently, the college is researching a better method of securing tickets for our graduates. Please continue to review the www.spcc.edu website for any updated information on tickets.
2. My sister is only 2 years old. Does she need a ticket? Yes, all individuals must be accounted for due to fire marshal code.
3. Where do I pick up my tickets? The college is looking into an electronic ticket for our graduates. Once the process is finalized, all information will be posted on the www.spcc.edu website.
4. 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
5. What if I decorate my cap? Alterations are not allowed, you will not be allowed to participate unless you purchase a new cap.
6. 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.
7. Are balloons/noisemakers allowed? No, they are a distraction for other guests.
8. What if I have guests with special accommodations? Complete this information on the Graduation Information Form or email the Registrar’s Office (email@example.com).
9. 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.
10. 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 mailed four to six weeks after final evaluations are complete.
Call or visit the Registrar’s Office if you have any questions or concerns.
How to Contact the Registrar’s Office