Graduation – the completion of all degree requirements.
Commencement – the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree.
2021 Commencement Ceremonies
Commencement ceremonies are conducted at the end of the spring semester. This includes students completing all program and graduation requirements from Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021.
2021 Commencement Ceremony for Degree, Diploma & Certificate recipients
Saturday, May 15 @ 10:00 am
SPCC Monroe Campus
4209 Old Charlotte Hwy
The ceremony will include a vehicle procession with students walking across the ‘Red Carpet’ to receive their diploma covers from SPCC President, Dr. Maria Pharr.
An email will be sent to graduate’s SPCC email with commencement day instructions, including when and where to pick up their vehicle hang-tag, which also serves as an admission ticket to graduation. Spacing is limited to only 1 vehicle per graduate.
Photos of all participating graduates will be taken by Classic Photography as you are handed your diploma cover. Classic Photography will contact you via your SPCC email with information regarding online viewing and purchase.
Live streaming of the Commencement ceremony will be available. A link will be located on the SPCC homepage.
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 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*Courses withdrawn or failed may change program status and graduation eligibility.
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 Eligibility Form’ once they receive graduation eligibility notification via SPCC email. Awards will be mailed to the address provided on the Graduation Eligibility 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 Eligibility Form has been submitted, should be sent to the Registrar’s Office.
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 – $44.00 + tax
Individually: Gown – $31, 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? No, due to limited space, graduates will be given one vehicle hang-tag. Graduates and guests are restricted to one vehicle, so attendance is limited to your vehicle’s capacity.
2. Where do I pick up my ticket? An email will be sent to graduate’s SPCC email with commencement day instructions, including when and where to pick up the graduation vehicle hang-tag.
3. Can I decorate my vehicle? Yes, we encourage graduates and their families to decorate their vehicle in celebration of Commencement.
4. Is there a dress code? Graduates should wear a cap, gown and mask when walking to the ‘Red Carpet’. Wearing comfortable shoes is encouraged, graduates will be walking on uneven ground.
5. What if I may need help with special accommodations for receiving my diploma cover? Email the Registrar’s Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
6. What if I arrive late? If graduates arrive late, they will not be allowed in. All campus entrances will be closed at 9:40 AM.
7. 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.
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