Student Services


Spring Commencement Ceremony | Friday, May 4, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.

Spring 2018 Deadline Summary

Event Deadline
Graduation Application - Priority Deadline  Friday, January 19, 2018
SCF Outstanding Graduate Award  Friday, March 2, 2018
Regalia (Cap, Gown, Tassel) Pre-Order Friday, March 16, 2018
Student Graduation Speaker Application Deadline Friday, March 30, 2018
Graduation Attendance Form RSVP Link  Friday, March 30, 2018
Graduation Application - Hard Deadline  Friday, April 20, 2018

When Do I Apply?

Apply after you have registered for your last semester. You are not required to wait until the end of your last semester to apply. For example, if you are planning on graduating in the Spring semester, you should apply  after you register for your courses in late October/early November.

Application Deadlines

Semester Priority Deadline Hard Deadline
Fall 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 Friday, December 1, 2017
Spring 2018 Friday, January 19, 2018 Friday, April 20, 2018
Summer 2018 Friday, June 1, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018

Priority Deadline - When you submit your application on or before the published semester priority deadline, you are guaranteed the following perks: 1. your name printed in the Commencement Ceremony program, 2. Outstanding Graduate Award (OGA) consideration, and 3. the maximum number of Commencement Ceremony guest tickets

Hard Deadline - In order to apply for the semester you're graduating in, you must submit your application by the published semester hard deadline. Applications received after this date will be considered for the next available graduation application cycle.  

 How Do I Apply? | Graduation Application Checklist

  1. Complete the graduation application   in its entirety, including your signature and G00#
  2. Submit the online pre-grad survey. NOTE: This survey is currently offline due to an upgrade. We will notify you once it is updated in Mid-May. This will not interfere with the graduation process.
  3. Pay the $20 graduation fee* to Cashiering in person or over the phone by calling 941-752-5370. *Reapplications and certificates do not have a fee
  4. After you have completed steps 1–3, submit the graduation application by the published semester deadline (posted above) via email to, in person, fax, or mail to Educational Records

What If My Plans Change or I Need to Apply for a Different Semester? 

Please notify your advisor and our graduation specialist as soon as you know. We may be able to shift your application to the following semester without you having to re-apply.

Checklist for Participating in the Commencement Ceremony

Spring Ceremony: Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

All summer graduates are invited to participate in the winter ceremony in December.

  1. After you have submitted your graduation application by the posted deadline (listed above), check your SCF student email for application status updates, and if necessary, follow instructions. 
  2. The online RSVP deadline for the Spring 2018 ceremony is Friday, March 30, 2018. Students who submitted an online RSVP will be contacted via SCF student email with information about guest tickets. The number of guest tickets per graduate will be determined after the RSVP deadline. 
  3. Check your SCF student email for updates regarding the Outstanding Graduate Award (OGA), guest ticket distribution, regalia, new graduation and alumni items at the SCF Store, and more!
  4. Visit and review the Graduation Ceremony Information Web page early and often for information regarding the ceremony!
  5. Pre-order regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) by March 16, 2018, here. All pre-orders will be delivered to the SCF Store for pick-up.
  6. Applications to be a student graduation speaker are due by Friday, March 30, 2018. Here is the link:


Q: Do I need to apply for graduation even if I will not be walking in the ceremony? 

  • A: Yes. You must successfully submit all steps of the graduation application to be considered for a degree or certificate. If you will not be walking, please RSVP on the attendance email, sent later in the semester, that you will not be attending.

Q: Since I did not meet my degree/certificate requirements on the first attempt, I am reapplying for the same degree or certificate. What do I need to do?

  • A: Submit a new graduation application. There is no need to repay the $20 application fee or retake the graduation survey for a repeat attempt at the same degree or certificate within SCF.

Q: When will I receive my diploma?

  • A: Please allow for 6–8 weeks after graduation.

Q: How do I order a transcript? 

  • A: If you need your transcript immediately after graduation, please order it here at this time. You will need to mark the transcript as "Hold for Degree," which will move you up in the final review list and your transcript will be sent quickly.

Q: What if I move or need to change my diploma mailing address on my graduation application?

  • A: You must complete a change of address form and email  If you fail to update this address with SCF and the graduation email prior to the mailing of the diplomas, you will need to pay the $15 nonrefundable duplicate diploma fee. Diplomas are mailed approximately 6-8 weeks after graduation, but may be mailed sooner without notification.

If you have any questions, please contact Educational Records at:
(941) 752-5060; (941) 408-1300, ext. 65060; or


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