Student Services

Graduation Information

Date

Friday, May 2, 2014


Ceremony Time


7:00 p.m.


Location


Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
777 N. Tamiami Trail
, Sarasota, FL 34236


Regalia/Dress

 


Graduates required to wear New Navy-Matte finish regalia purchased from The SCF Store at SCF Bradenton or SCF Venice or online at: www.scf.edu/bookstore. Approximate cost: $28.25.

There have been changes made to the graduation caps, gowns, tassels. The SCF Store now carries the Navy-Matte finish cap, gown, and tassel. This is a change from the shiny version used at previous ceremonies.

Please purchase the new navy matte finish cap, gown, and tassel for Spring 2014 Graduation ceremony. Students will NOT be able to participate in the ceremony wearing the shiny cap and gown that was used in previous ceremonies.

Follow instructions on package to steam/press the gown.

  • Phi Theta Kappa members may go to www.ptk.org to purchase, optional honor cord, stole & tassel. Cost approximately $45.
  • Men: white dress shirts, neckties, dark shoes and dark trousers under their gowns.
  • Women: dark shoes and dark dress or slacks under their gowns.
  • Honors regalia and medallions may be worn at the ceremony.
  • All tassels should be worn on the right side. 

Guest Tickets and Seating

Each graduate guaranteed to receive four (4) guest tickets for Main Hall. Please plan accordingly. All guests, including children, must have a ticket.

 - Guest tickets available April 14 - 25

 If you do not pick up your tickets by 4:30 p.m, Friday, April 25, we cannot guarantee you will receive your full allotment of guest tickets, unless you make arrangements in advance by calling (941) 752-5384.

 If you are unable to pick up your tickets during this time and would like them mailed to your home address, please call (941) 752-5384.

Check this page April 28 - May 2 for availability of additional guest tickets.

Grand Foyer Overflow Seating: Two Large Screens to view the ceremony will be available. Seating by special ticket only will take place after graduates enter main hall. Approximate time 7:10 p.m.


Please safe guard your guest tickets. We will not be able to replace lost tickets.

Ticket pick up in Educational Records, Bradenton:

 Monday - Tuesday  8:00 - 6:00 pm
Wednesday - Thursday  8:00 - 4:30 pm
Friday  8:00- 1:00 pm
Friday 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Information Booth

Ticket pick up in Educational Records, Venice:

 Monday - Tuesday  8:00 - 6:00 pm
Wednesday - Thursday  8:00 - 4:30 pm
Friday  8:00- 1:00 pm
Friday 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Information Booth

Ticket pick up at Lakewood Ranch, Medical Technology & Simulation Center (MTSC)

Monday-Friday  7:30 - 4:00 pm

 

 

Ticket picked up at Lakewood Ranch Center for Innovation & Technology (CIT)   

 Monday - Friday  7:30 - 4:00 pm

 

 

Graduates with special needs will be accommodated. Please contact the Disability Resource Center at least two weeks in advance: (941) 752-5295 or TTY (941) 751-8179

  • There is no pre-assigned seating for guests with disabilities, however, limited wheelchair seating is available and spaces are on a first come, first served basis. It is suggested guests arrive at 6:00 p.m.
  • Guests requiring American Sign Language interpreting should email the Disability Resource Center at least two weeks in advance:  drc@scf.edu
  • No food or drink, including water, is allowed in the Hall.
  • Strollers, balloons, air horns, beach balls or similar items are not permitted in the Hall. 

Ceremony Arrival Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 5:30 p.m. Earlier is not necessary.

Students will NOT be able to participate in the graduation ceremony wearing the shiny cap and gown. We caution you against purchasing gowns from other locations or borrowing from past graduates.

  • Pick up your two cards at graduate check-in.
  • Print name and mailing address for photographer on both cards.
  • Speak to graduation reader if your name is difficult to pronounce.
  • Have your picture taken.
  • You may not carry anything with you other than the cards you are given.
  • YOUR PERSONAL ITEMS (PURSES, KEYS, BACKPACKS, CELL PHONES, HANGERS, SUNGLASSES, ETC.) SHOULD BE LEFT WITH FAMILY MEMBERS OR FRIENDS BEFORE ARRIVING AT GRADUATE CHECK-IN. SCF staff will not be available to watch your belongings.
  • Please: Turn off cell phones, pagers, and beepers for the ceremony.
  • Stay in the Grand Foyer until time to line up.
  • Numbered cards will be used for order of processional.
Before Start of Ceremony

 

 


6–6:45 p.m. Guest Seating, Guests should plan be seated by 6:45 p.m. or their seats may be given to other guests. No guests will be seated during the processional. Late arrivals will be seated after the processional has entered.

Guests requiring American Sign Language interpreting should email the Disability Resource Center at least two weeks in advance: (941) 752-5295 or TTY (941) 751-8179.

There is no pre-assigned seating for guests with disabilities, however, limited wheelchair seating is available and these spaces are on a first come, first served basis. It is suggested guests arrive at 6:00 p.m.

Overflow seating, by special ticket, in the Grand Foyer, will take place after graduates enter the main hall at approximately 7:10 p.m. Ceremony can be viewed on two large screens.


During the Ceremony

  • Please: Turn off cell phones, pagers, and beepers for the ceremony.
  • Graduates are expected to stay until the end of the ceremony which will last approximately two hours.
  • Men are expected to remove their caps for the National Anthem.
  • Graduate Marshals will signal each row to stand and proceed to the front left of the stage.
  • Graduates will hand their card to the reader who will announce the graduate.
  • When your name is read, walk directly toward the center of the stage.
  • Proceed across the stage to receive the diploma cover from SCF President Dr. Probstfeld and a professional photographer will take your picture.
  • Graduate names, degree(s) and honors, or certificates are listed in the commencement program.
  • Honors designation for commencement for spring degree candidates is based on the last term completed prior to spring 2014. The final grade point average after spring 2014 grades are posted will be used to determine honors recognition for the official transcript and diploma.   

After the Ceremony

  • At the close of the ceremony, guests should remain at their seats until the platform party, faculty and all graduates have recessed. Please ask your guests to meet you outside the auditorium.
  • After the College has certified the degrees and certificates, diplomas and certificates will be mailed to the address listed on your application for graduation.

Photography

  • SCF's office of public affairs and marketing has arranged for professional photographs to be taken of each graduate. Two photos will be taken: one before the ceremony and one while receiving the diploma cover from the President. Graduates must complete the photographer's cards at graduate check-in to receive the information and a price list.
  • The ceremony will be videotaped and available for viewing at a later date.
  • NOTE: Personal cameras and camcorders may be used only from attendees' seats. 

The information on this website or participation in the graduation ceremony does not certify readiness for graduation; it simply informs you of ceremony details. Students are responsible for completing all degree/certificate requirements.

If you have further questions, please contact the Educational Records office at (941) 752-5384, (941) 752-5060 or (941) 408-1300, ext. 65060.

What's next after graduation?

Diplomas 

The official degree or certificate  is awarded when all requirements are completed including:

  • Cumulative and overall GPA 2.0 or higher is earned.
  • All financial obligations to SCF have been fulfilled.

After the College has certified the degrees/certificates the diplomas/certificates will be mailed to the address listed on your application for graduation. You are responsible for notifying the Educational Records office, in writing, if this address should change.

Financial Aid

If you have received federal student loans during your tenure at SCF, you must complete exit loan counseling at www.studentloans.gov. The website http://www.nslds.ed.gov provides important information about the Federal Family Educational and Direct Loan Student Loan Programs, including estimated payments under various repayment options. Please review the NSLDS website referenced above carefully. Once you have reviewed the information, please complete the required exit loan counseling at www.studentloansgov. If you have further questions, please contact the financial aid office.

Transcripts

Official transcripts may be requested by the graduate online. If they are ordered by the last day of the term and marked "Hold until degree/certificate is posted on transcript" the degree will be verified, certified, if eligible, and mailed within three business days after grades have been posted to the student's transcripts.

Program/Major Change

Summer 2014 deadline – May 15, 2014

If you are continuing your education toward another degree at SCF you must change your program for the next semester. Since you are graduating in your current program the college will change you to a non-degree seeking status, unless you request a program change. Be aware this may affect your financial aid eligibility. Click here for change of major form.

Career Resource Center

The Career Resource Center is pleased to provide job search assistance to our upcoming graduates.  Visit us at www.scf.edu/CareerResourceCenter to find job postings on College Central Network, assistance with your resumes and cover letters on Optimal Resume and general job search information in our Student Job Search Guide.  Your SCF student email and G00# will be needed to access these resources.  If you prefer to meet in person with one of our staff members please refer to our website for staff emails and phone numbers.

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