Commencement Application


It is the student's responsibility to complete the application steps as follows:

  1. For each major, obtain an Application for Commencement from the Registrar's Office or an academic advisor. You can also fill out and print the online form linked here.
  2. Complete the Candidates section of the application.
  3. Take the application to your advisor.
  4. Visit the Herff-Jones website to order graduation kit (cap, gown & tassel). See step 7 below for further information.
  5. Submit application to the Registrar's office for final approval prior to the announced deadline. The student may do this if appropriate signatures are obtained.
  6. All applicants must have completed all requirements by the end of the semester applied for if they plan to participate in Commencement Ceremony.

Your Commencement Ceremony!

We know you are excited and ready to graduate, however, there are a couple of things you need to do NOW, so that you can smile and walk across the stage at Commencement

Here are the steps you need to complete in order to finalize your graduation:

1. Apply:

Meet with your advisor to complete the Application for Commencement. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

2. Clear Debts:

Check with the Business Office or Financial Aid if you have an outstanding account balance or you received a student loan while attending SCC.

  • Students must pay all debts owed to the College at the Business Office, Library or to whomever necessary to clear student record holds.
  • Complete Financial Aid Exit Counseling if you received student loans at Contact the Financial Aid Office for further information. If you plan to re-enroll, please notify Sayward Cabe so she can notify the Registar's Office to release your diploma hold.

3. Get your Graduation Kit:

  • You will need to get your graduation kit (cap, gown, and tassel) from the Herff Jones website. The bookstore can be reached by calling 828.339.4222.
  • This is the only fee associated with graduation (approximately $35).
  • From this website you may also order announcements and class rings (at an additional cost).

*If you do not plan to participate in the ceremony, you may visit the Registrar's Office during the week of graduation to pick up a diploma cover.

4. Send Your Pictures!

We want to make sure you feel like the super star you are at the commencement ceremony and we also want to make the occasion special for you and your family and friends.

We are asking that you send us your favorite pictures so that we can use them in a presentation during the commencement ceremony.

You will need to send the pictures to Tyler Goode, SCC's Director of Public Relations.

Please make sure:

  • You are in the picture
  • The picture is appropriate for presentation during the ceremony
  • The picture is in the correct format: try to do landscape vs. portrait and be sure it is at least 1 MB in file size or 1,000 pixels wide
  • You send the picture to Tyler at t_goode[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu
  • You include your name and program of study in the email


If you have questions, please contact Tyler Goode.

**You can also contact Tyler if you would like your picture taken somewhere on campus for use in the ceremony.

5. Attend Rehearsal:
Attend the Commencement Ceremony in the Norman K. Myers Auditorium of the Balsam Center. This building is located on the Jackson Campus in Sylva.

6. Celebrate:
The ceremony will be held in the Balsam Center's Norman K. Myers Auditorium.

**Graduates should meet in the lobby on the 2nd floor of the Balsam Center no later than 30 minutes before the ceremony begins to pick up name cards.
Click here for the commencement instructions.

Need Special Assistance?
Graduation is a physical activity. Due to injuries or disabilities sometimes, it is a challenge. If you or a guest will be needing special assistance to walk into the auditorium, climb the stairs to the stage, walk across the stage, descend the stairs, hear or see the ceremony, or any other activity related to graduation - please contact Tonya Bassé, Disability Services Coordinator (Oaks Hall Rm G-15, 828.339.4326, t_basse[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu).

7. Wait:
Be Patient. Diplomas will be mailed to the address you provided on your graduation application within 6 to 8 weeks following graduation.
Watch your student email. 2-4 weeks following graduation, you will receive an email with instructions on how to claim your e-diploma.