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How to Apply for Commencement

Students wishing to graduate should follow these steps:

1. Verify your eligibility to graduate 

  • Make sure you have completed or are enrolled in the final required courses in your program curriculum.
      • On Self-Service, click on Student Planning
      • Click on View Your Progress – Go to My Progress to look at your active academic program and review with an advisor as needed
  • Make sure you have completed 25% of those courses in residence at SPCC
  • Make sure you have earned at least a 2.0 program and overall GPA 
  • Students accepted into programs with competitive entrance requirements may have to meet additional program graduation criteria.

2. Apply for each degree, diploma, or certificate that you will be completing

  • Log in to Self-Service and click on Graduation Overview
  • Click on Apply to complete application
    • Select term of completion for credential
    • Print your name the way that it should appear on credential
    • Phonetic spelling will assist when reading your name at commencement
    • Credential location pick-up choices are Polkton, Tyson, or Monroe
    • Cap and Gown directly connects you to GraduationSource to purchase regalia (Make sure to choose “Pick-up at SPCC”)
    • Leave button ‘on’ if you will be attending commencement
    • Address verification button allows you to verify or update your current address
    • Number of guests (enter a number between 0 and 6 for guest tickets)
    • Military status allows SPCC to honor military
    • List any special accommodations you or your guest(s) may need.

3. If you want to participate in the commencement ceremony complete the following:

  • Order your regalia OR have regalia approved by the Registrar’s Office by March 25, 2023
  • Pay the $15 commencement fee and clear any debts through the Business Office (704-290-5849 or 704-272-5355)

4. Plan to attend one of the Graduation Fairs

  • Polkton Graduation Fair – April 11, 2023 from 9 am to 6:30 pm
  • Monroe Graduation Fair – April 13, 2023 from 9 am to 6:30 pm

At the Graduation Fair, you will receive your previously ordered regalia, pay any outstanding fees, and receive commencement instructions and tickets

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