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Commencement FAQs

When is commencement?

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021

10:30 a.m. - Arts & Sciences
11:15 a.m. - Health Sciences
Noon - Career Technologies

What do I wear for commencement?
A graduation kit (cap, gown & tassel) can be obtained 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.

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?
This is dependent upon the ceremony format. Please check back later for more information regarding the format and guests.

When is commencement rehearsal?
TBD - dependent on ceremony format.

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

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

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