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Students planning to participate in the Graduation/Commencement Ceremony must complete the following pre-graduation procedures:

  1. Obtain an Application for Graduation packet from the Office of the Registrar or Advising Office.
  2. Complete the Application for Graduation Form.
    • A.A., A.S., A.A.S., college credit certificate:

      Students take the Application for Graduation packet to the Advising office with the Application for Graduation form completed, and schedule a graduation requirements check with an advisor.

    • Career technical certificate/ GED/Adult High School:

      Students take your completed Application for Graduation packet to your instructor/program manager for review and signature.

  3. Students receiving any type of student loan must complete a required Financial Aid exit interview.
  4. Take completed Graduation packet (three forms) to Highlands Campus Career Center and/or any SFSC campus, and receive an in-person exit interview.
  5. FINALLY…take completed Application for Graduation form and Graduation Checklist form to Cashier’s Office, and pay graduation fee by applicable deadline.

    Cap and Gown….If you plan to attend the Commencement ceremony, you must contact the Registration office at the Highlands Campus to order your cap and gown by the last Friday before Spring Break of your graduation year.

IMPORTANT..You must obtain a staff signature from each department all through the graduation checklist process. Turn in the completed forms to: The Cashier ‘s Office (any campus).

The SFSC commencement ceremony is held in May of each year (see Academic Calendar at the beginning of the College Catalog). Students who have completed graduation requirements in the fall or spring term or have applied early for graduation for the summer terms are invited to participate in the ceremony.

Fall and spring graduates receive Honors recognition at the Graduation ceremony based on their fall GPA. Summer graduates do not receive Honors recognition, unless they are in a program that only graduates during the summer terms.

The registrar is the official authority responsible for certifying that all graduation requirements have been met. Diplomas will be ordered at the end of the term that the requirements are fulfilled. It takes approximately four to six weeks for a student to receive his/her diploma by mail after the end of the term.

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