Commencement FAQs

When is commencement?

There will be one drive-through ceremony for all divisions:

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Last Name A-M: 11 a.m.
Last Name N-Z: 11:15 a.m.

Format: Drive-through - click here for ceremony instructions

What do I wear for commencement?
While not required for the drive-through ceremony, graduates may wear the SCC blue cap and gown. A complete kit of cap, gown and tassel must be purchased from the SCC bookstore (1st floor, Burrell).

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.

How many people can I invite to commencement?
Please reference the Commencement Instructions page for information regarding guests and carpooling.

When is commencement rehearsal?
Due to the ceremony format, there will not be a commencement rehearsal.

What about photos?
Please reference the Commencement Instructions page for information regarding photos.

Other things to remember…
  • Since we are limiting graduates to the number of family and friends who can safely fit in your vehicle, we are providing a live video stream at this link. (Please share with any loved ones who are unable to ride with you)
  • As you arrive on campus, tune your radio to 95.7 FM for greetings and instructions.
  • As you approach the front of the Balsam Center, you'll be greeted by members of our Student Services team. They'll provide you with a gift bag, and a card with your name on it will be placed on your passengers' side windshield.
  • In order to keep traffic flow moving briskly, we need to limit the number of graduates in any particular vehicle to two (2) and ask that graduates either drive or ride in the rear/driver's side seat of the vehicle.
  • Before accepting your diploma cover and shaking hands with Dr. Don Tomas (SCC President), please sanitize your hands.

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, regarding your graduation status, Graduation Application or diploma, please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu

If you have questions regarding the ceremony, please contact Tyler Goode at t_goode[at]southwesterncc[dot]edu