Commencement FAQs

When is commencement?

There will be three separate ceremonies on Saturday, August 8, 2020. Please refer to the list below for your division's ceremony time:

Health Sciences: 10 a.m.

Career Technologies: 1:30 p.m.

Arts & Sciences and Early College: 4 p.m.

What do I wear for commencement?
All graduates must wear the SCC blue cap and gown to walk. A graduation kit (cap, gown and tassel) can be obtained from the SCC Bookstore.

What honor cords and stoles can I wear?
Only academic regalia pertaining to honor societies may be worn. No souvenir stoles or cords will be permitted for use during the ceremony.

Click here to see the Appropriate Honor Society Academic Regalia.

What side should the tassel be on?
The tassel should hang on the right. During the ceremony, you will be instructed to move your tassel to the left side to show you have graduated.

Are there commencement invitations?
Yes. These announcements can be sent to your family and friends, and they can be purchased directly through Herff-Jones. The complete graduation kit only includes cap, gown and tassel. It does not include the announcements.

How many people can I invite to commencement?
As many as you would like. No tickets will be required of your guests to watch you graduate.

When is commencement rehearsal?
Graduation rehearsal will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. for all divisions. Check in at the Balsam lobby at the Jackson Campus and if you will graduate with honors, (based on your cumulative program GPA as of the previous term), you can pick up your honor cord. Consult your catalog for details on honors distinctions.

Can my family/friends take photos at commencement?
Yes, but please be mindful of others when proceeding down front to take these photos.

Other things to remember…
  • Please do not chew gum.
  • You will line up with whomever you would like. Alphabetic order is not required. You must hold on to your name card you receive at check in.

Diplomas will be mailed within 6-8 weeks following graduation.

We will issue your Parchment digital diploma/certificate approximately 2-4 weeks after graduation. To claim your digital diploma/certificate, just look for an email from Parchment and SCC to your student email account. This service will allow you to have permanent, online access to a secure digital version of your diploma, which makes it easy to share your credentials on social media. It’s official, and it’s free!

If you have questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at 828.339.4219 or e-mail registrar[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu

Click here for Commencement Instructions