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Commencement Ceremony Instructions

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    Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony

    Saturday, May 18
    9 a.m.
    Tropicana Field
    One Tropicana Dr, St. Petersburg, Fla.
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    NOTE: Plan to arrive early to accommodate security checks when entering Tropicana Field.

     

    Candidates Check-In Time 8 a.m.
    Ceremony Begins: 9 a.m.

    Before Commencement 

    • Purchase your cap, gown and tassel through any campus Barnes and Noble bookstore by Friday, May 17, 2019.
    • Cords and stoles for membership in student organizations should be picked up in advance. Contact your organization for specific instructions on obtaining this regalia
    • Special Accommodations: Please 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 

    • Dress in your cap and gown. We recommend wearing business casual and comfortable shoes underneath.
    • There is a $10 fee per car for parking. Tropicana Field no longer accepts cash for parking, only credit and debit are accepted. Parking attendants at the entrances to all lots will have scanners that take credit and debit cards.
    • Plan to arrive early to accommodate security checks when entering Tropicana Field. Gates open at 8:00 a.m.
    • You will enter through Gate 6. Guests and general public will enter through Gates 3 and 5.
  • Honor Cords
    Cords for Associate and Bachelor’s degree candidates are available for pick up from 8- 8:45 a.m. Look for the 'Honors Cords' sign as you enter Gate 6.

    Eligibility for honors is based on your prior term cumulative GPA 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

    Veterans Cords
    Cords for Veterans are available for pick up from 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Look for the ‘Veterans Cords’ sign as you enter Gate 6.

    Cords and sashes designating membership in student organizations should be picked up in advance. Contact your organization for specific instructions on obtaining this regalia.

    Special Accommodations 

    • SPC Accessibility Services will be at Gate 4 for graduating students in need of mobility assistance. You should contact your Accessibility Coordinator the day of Commencement and arrive an hour prior to the standard student arrival time to conduct a walk through with Accessibility Services staff, select accessible seating and have a professional graduation photo taken in advance.
      Candidates and guests with special needs may opt to use the drop-off area in front of Gate 4, directly across from Lot 1. Lots 1 and 7 offer disabled parking just outside the gates. Please allow extra time for traffic in this area.
      Accessible seating is available for friends and families attending commencement who have difficulty climbing stairs or walking distances. Arrive early to ensure they find their desired location. Tropicana staff will be available to direct them to the seating area.


    Decorum and Protocol
    The commencement ceremony is a formal event. Decorum and courtesy are very important for candidates and guests. Please use good judgement and celebrate your accomplishment in a way not to disrupt others.

    • Please plan for a two (2) hour program.
    • All candidates and their guests are expected to remain until the entire ceremony is over.
    • Turn off cell phones for the ceremony.


    Regalia/Dress (cap, gown, tassel)
    The day of the ceremony arrive dressed in your cap and gown. The suggested attire for all candidates is business/casual attire. Ladies wear comfortable shoes as the processional is long. Your personal belongings (handbags, keys, etc.) should be secured with a friend or family member.

    Photographs
    A professional photographer from GradImages will be on stage to take your picture as you greet the president. To see proofs and order copies of professional photos taken, log in with your last name and the year of the ceremony at GradImages.

    Diplomas
     

    • 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 June 2019
    • All financial holds must be cleared before the diploma will be released.

    If you did not register for the commencement ceremony, the name on your diploma will be the name in your MySPC student account. Make sure your address is updated and accurate since that is the address your diploma will be sent. Honors designation on your diploma will be based on your final cumulative GPA.

    A $15 diploma fee for a duplicate or replacement is required. Contact graduationquestions@spcollege.edu if you have any questions.