Student Services

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Graduation Information

Graduation Questions?

Fall 2020 Graduation

Step 1: Apply

The Fall 2020 graduation application period is now open.

> Apply For Graduation

Step 2: Pay

Once you complete the application, a $20 charge* will be applied to your account. Pay in person at the Cashiering office or online via MYSCF (Tuition Bill). See details below.

*Reapplications will not be charged again
*Certificate applications do not require the fee

> Pay Online at MYSCF (Tuition Bill)

Step 3: Complete the Graduation Survey

> Graduation Survey

Fall 2020 Important Dates




Graduation Application Deadline 

Friday, October 23, 2020

Graduation Survey

Friday, October 23, 2020

Regalia Order Due Date 


Fall 2020 Commencement**

Friday, December 11, 2020

Winter Commencement

**Winter Commencement information will be posted as it becomes available. All Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 graduates are invited to attend the Winter 2020 commencement ceremony. Information will be sent to your SCF student email. At this time, we are planning for a Winter 2020 Commencement ceremony (virtual or otherwise) - however, given the unpredictability of Covid-19 this may change.**

Spring 2021 Graduation

Important Dates



Graduation Application Opens 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Graduation Application Deadline

Friday, March 26, 2021

Graduation Survey

Friday, March 26, 2021

Regalia Order Due Date 


Spring 2021 Commencement

Friday, May 7, 2021

More Information

When Do I Apply?

Apply after you have registered for your last semester and after the application for the term in which you are graduating is open. Graduation application dates and deadlines are listed above. Be sure you apply for the term in which you are graduating. 

Only students who apply four weeks prior to the date of graduation, or earlier, and will be successfully completing their degree/certificate by the end of the graduation term are guaranteed to be listed in the commencement program.

How Do I Apply to Earn My Degree or Certificate? 

  1. Complete the online graduation application.
  2. Once you complete the application, a $20 charge will be applied to your account
  3. You must complete a graduation survey: Graduation Survey
  4. If you are planning on participating in the commencement ceremony, please complete the "Commencement Checklist" below.

To promote student success, the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is committed to formally recognizing earned student accomplishments.

  • Students may be automatically awarded any degrees or certificates that they qualify to receive.
  • Students who apply and qualify to graduate in a program that is not currently listed as their program of study may automatically have that additional program added to their SCF records as an additional program.

Commencement Checklist 

  1. You must RSVP to the commencement ceremony by the posted deadline. You may RSVP in your online application and update your RSVP through
  2. If you are related to a current SCF employee, please let us know here
  3. Graduates are required to wear the designated regalia: cap, gown, and tassel. Regalia will also be available for purchase in the SCF Store, approximately two weeks prior to graduation. Please call 941-752-5080 with questions.
  4. Only students who apply four weeks prior to the date of graduation, or earlier, and will be successfully completing their degree/certificate by the end of the graduation term are guaranteed to be listed in the commencement program.

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 All graduation ceremonies will have an American Sign Language interpreter in attendance. There is no preassigned seating for guests with disabilities. However, limited wheelchair seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests should arrive by 6:00 p.m.


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. 

Phi Theta Kappa and Honors 

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members may visit the PTK website to purchase an optional honor cord, stole, and tassel. There is no added regalia for honors.

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 up to eight weeks for certification and shipping.

FAQ | Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to apply for graduation 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.

Q: Are the graduation application and ceremony attendance RSVP the same thing?

  • A: No. If you plan on participating the graduation ceremony as a graduate, you must submit a graduation application and the RSVP. The RSVP is located in the online graduation application and on the paper application. If you need to update or change your RSVP, please email

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 for a repeat attempt at the same degree or certificate within SCF.

Q: When will I receive my diploma?

  • A: Diplomas and certificates will be mailed approximately eight weeks after graduation. 

Q: Will my name be listed in the commencement program? 

  • Only students who apply four weeks prior to the date of graduation, or earlier, and will be successfully completing their degree/certificate by the end of the graduation term are guaranteed to be listed in the commencement program.

Q: Where do I complete the Graduation Survey?

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: Change your address on the Personal Information page so we have an up-to-date address for you, and email to request an update to your diploma mailing address. 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 nonrefundable $15 duplicate diploma fee. Diplomas are mailed approximately eight weeks after graduation but may be mailed sooner without notification. Any student who has a financial or disciplinary hold will not be sent the diploma until the hold is cleared.

Q: What commencement ceremony may summer graduates attend? 

  • A: Summer graduates are invited to attend the following winter commencement ceremony. 


Graduation Ceremony Attendance Policy

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

  1. Submit the online graduation application 
  2. RSVP through your graduation application or update your RSVP through 
  3. Have a student status of degree seeking
  4. Receive an initial approval email from the Office of the Registrar during the first review
  5. Purchase the correct graduation regalia from the SCF Store

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 to notify the Office of the Registrar 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 term or the Fall semester are invited to the winter graduation ceremony.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at:
(941) 752-5060; (941) 408-1300, ext. 65060; or


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