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Commencement Ceremony Instructions

  • Important

    Commencement is the formal celebration of the degree or certificate you are to receive. It is a time for you to receive well-deserved recognition for your hard work. Since SPC holds the commencement ceremony prior to degrees being awarded, students are considered a candidate for graduation. Participation in the ceremony does not imply or suggest you have met all graduation requirements.

    The commencement program is printed prior to the recording of grades for the term. For commencement program purposes only, it is necessary to identify honors designations for graduation candidates based on their all-college cumulative grade point average at the beginning of the term.

    Fall 2019 Commencement Information

    If you are a candidate for graduation and wish to participate in the ceremony you must register to attend the event.

    To have your name included in the commencement program, you must register for commencement by Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. No exceptions!

    To participate in commencement, you can register through Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. but you will NOT see your name in the program.

    Register for Commencement 

    • Log in to MySPC 
    • Choose My Learning Plan, from the top navigation
    • Choose Commencement Registration

    Complete the form, and select which ceremony time you will attend:

    • 9:00 a.m.
    • 12:00 p.m.
    • 3:00 p.m.

    After registering, you will receive an email confirmation in your MySPC account to confirm your registration. The week prior to commencement you will receive an email reminder with additional information about attending the ceremony. 

    If you have any questions you many send an email to commencementquestions@spcollege.edu.

  • Prepare for Commencement 

    • Purchase your cap, gown and tassel at any campus Barnes & Noble bookstore by Friday, Dec. 13
    • Pick up any cords and stoles for membership in student organizations. Contact your organization for specific instructions on obtaining this regalia. These items must be secured in advance.
    • Arrange for Special Accommodations if needed. Contact SPC’s Accessibility Services at 727-341-3398 at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

    On the Day of Commencement: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 

    • Arrive on time. Graduates and their guests should plan to arrive one hour in advance of the ceremony. Remember to allocate time for travel, parking and special accommodations (if requested).
    • Arrival Time Ceremony
      8 a.m. 9 a.m.
      11 a.m. 12 Noon
      2 p.m. 3 p.m.

    • Dress in your regalia. You should be dressed in your cap, gown and tassel. We recommend wearing business casual and comfortable shoes underneath.
    • Pick up your Honor Cord. Honors distinctions is given to students in a Bachelor’s or Associates degree program with a qualifying cumulative GPA. The GPA used to compute honors eligibility is based on the prior term cumulative GPA and can be found on your unofficial transcript in MySPC.
      Required Cumulative GPA
      Single Cord Double Cord
    Associate 3.30 – 3.79 3.80 – 4.00
    Bachelors' 3.50 – 3.79 3.80 – 4.00


    • Honor cords are available for pick up from 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. Look for the designated table as you enter the venue.
      Certificates are not eligible for honor designation.
    • Guest seating is limited. Tickets are not required for guests however seating is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because of limited space in the main auditorium, overflow seating is available an adjoining space where guests can watch the ceremony via live telecast.
    • Personal Items. There is no secured storage available. Your personal belongings (handbags, keys, etc.) should be secured with a friend or family member.
    • Young children. It is important not to leave children unattended.

      You will receive a diploma cover at the ceremony; however, you will not receive your diploma. After all graduation requirements are verified and the degree conferred, expect to receive your diploma by the end of January 2020.

    Admissions and Records certifies your graduation after final grades are verified. Your degree becomes official when it is annotated on your transcript and not by your participation in commencement exercises.