Student Services

Graduation Ceremony Information

Spring 2018 Graduation Ceremony

Friday, May 4, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. | Bradenton Convention Center

  • Bradenton Convention Center 1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto, FL 34221
  • Please leave enough time for travel and traffic congestion to ensure an on-time arrival. 
  • US 301 and State Road 64 are the best exit options off of 1-75 to the Convention Center.

Guest Tickets and Graduation Ceremony RSVP

The number of tickets available will be based on the information collected in the online RSVP link for graduation. To guarantee your participation in the Spring 2018 ceremony and secure the maximum number of guest tickets, you must RSVP by March 30, 2018. We will release the number of guest tickets per graduate in April 2018.

Application for Student Graduation Speaker

Regalia and Dress Code

  • Graduates are required to wear New Navy-Shiny finish regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) purchased from the SCF Store at SCF Bradenton or SCF Venice.
  • Regalia may be pre-ordered by March 16, 2018 here. Select State College of Florida, your campus, and degree. Pre-orders will be at the SCF Store for pick-up.
  • Regalia will also be available for purchase in the SCF Store (approximately two weeks prior to graduation). Please call 941-752-5080 with questions.
  • Students will NOT be able to participate in the ceremony wearing the matte cap and gown that was used prior to Spring 2015. We caution you against purchasing gowns from other locations or borrowing from past graduates.
  • Men Dress Code: white dress shirts, neckties, dark shoes, and dark trousers under their gowns.
  • Women Dress Code: dark shoes and dark dress or slacks under their gowns.
  • All tassels should be worn on the right side.

Graduation Ceremony Attendance Policy

Only students who successfully complete the following, by all posted deadlines, may participate in the graduation ceremony:

  1. Submit the graduation application and take the graduation survey
  2. Pay the $20 graduation fee (*reapplications and certificates do not have a fee)
  3. RSVP to the ceremony
  4. Have a student status of degree seeking
  5. Receive an initial approval email from Educational Records during the first review

Initial approval will be determined in the first round of the review process, and students will be informed that they are initially approved or are missing requirements to graduate via their SCF student email accounts. Students who are missing any requirements will not be permitted to walk in the graduation ceremony.

Students who are missing requirements must register to fulfill the course requirements in the graduation semester and/or correct the issues, and email Graduation@SCF.edu to notify Educational Records that they are ready to be reviewed and considered for initial approval again.

Students graduating in the spring semester are invited to the spring graduation ceremony. Students graduating in either the summer session or the fall semester are invited to the winter graduation ceremony.

Only students who meet the priority deadline are guaranteed the maximum number of tickets and his/her name in the graduation ceremony program.

An exception is made for Dual Enrollment students, who will be completing all the required coursework in the graduation term. These students will often not receive final high school transcripts until after the SCF graduation date. Since receipt of a high school transcript is a state requirement for graduation, we will review the application for degree conferral in the next available cycle, but the student can walk in the designated graduation term one semester prior to receiving the degree.

Phi Theta Kappa and Honors 

Phi Theta Kappa members may go to www.ptk.org to purchase an optional honor cord, stole, and tassel. There is no added regalia for honors.

Veterans

If you are a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces and you are planning to participate in the graduation ceremony, SCF would like to honor your service with patriotic cords to be worn as part of your official graduation regalia. Please contact Veteran Services  to confirm your intent to participate in the ceremony. If you are not currently using a VA Educational Benefit, you will be required to provide a copy of your military separation paperwork (DD214) or a valid Veteran ID card to the office of Veteran Services.  We can also be reached at (941) 752-5075.

Ceremony Graduate Procedures and Policies 

  • Graduates must arrive by 5:45 p.m.
  • Park in the main parking lot and enter through the main lobby entrance.
  • Pick up your ceremony card at the graduate check-in tables.
  • Confirm your name and address are correct on your ceremony card. It is recommended that you speak to the graduation reader if your name is difficult to pronounce.
  • You may not carry anything with you other than the ceremony card 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 before the ceremony begins.
  • Remain in check-in area with your cap, gown, and tassel.
  • You will line up according to degree (not in alphabetical order or by major).
  • Final processional line-up begins promptly at 6:45 p.m.
  • Processional into the auditorium to assigned seating begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.
  • 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 Announcement, Crossing the Stage, and Honors Designation

  • Graduate marshalls will signal each row to stand and proceed to the front-left of the stage.
  • Graduates will hand their ceremony 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.

Graduates who submit their application by the posted priority deadline will have their names, degree(s) or certificate(s), and honors listed in the commencement program.

For spring graduates: Honors designation for commencement for spring degree candidates is based on the last term completed prior to the spring term. The final grade point average after spring grades are posted will be used to determine honors recognition for the official transcript and diploma.

For summer graduates: Honors designation for commencement and for determining honors on the official transcript and diploma for summer degree candidates is based on grade point average after summer grades are posted.

Guest Information

  • Please park in the main parking lot and enter through the main lobby entrance.
  • All guests, including infants and children, must have a ticket for entrance into the auditorium.
  • Reserved seating is only for graduates.
  • Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and guests will need to be seated by 6:45 p.m. The doors will be closed to guests promptly at 6:50 p.m. for the processional.
  • Late-arriving guests will be seated after the processional of graduates.
  • The following items are not permitted in the hall:
    • Food and/or drinks (including water)
    • Strollers
    • Balloons
    • Air horns
    • Beach balls (and similar items)
  • At the close of the ceremony, guests should remain in their seats until the platform party, faculty, and all graduates have recessed. After the ceremony, guests should meet with the graduates outside of the facility.

Disability Resource Center for Graduates and Guests

  • Graduates with special needs will be accommodated. Please contact the Disability Resource Center at least two weeks in advance of the ceremony at (941) 752-5295 or drc@scf.edu.
  • All graduation ceremonies will have an American Sign Language interpreter in attendance.
  • There is no pre-assigned seating for guests with disabilities. However, limited wheelchair seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests should arrive at 6:00 p.m.

Photography

  • SCF's Office of Communications and Marketing has arranged for professional photographs to be taken of each graduate. Two photos will be taken: one while receiving the diploma cover from the College president and the other after exiting the stage.
  • The ceremony will be videotaped and available for viewing at a later date on the SCF graduation Web page.
  • Personal cameras and camcorders may be used only from attendees' seats.

Diploma Mailings

After the College has certified the degrees and certificates, diplomas and certificates will be mailed to the address listed on your application for graduation. Please allow 6–8 weeks for certification and shipping.

Summer Graduates 

SCF does not hold a summer graduation ceremony, but all summer graduates are invited to participate in the winter ceremony.


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 any questions, please contact Educational Records at (941) 752-5060; (941) 408-1300, ext. 65060; or graduation@scf.edu

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