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Commencement FAQs

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

When and where is Fall 2022 commencement?
Date: Dec. 14, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Myers Auditorium, inside the Balsam Center on SCC's Jackson Campus in Sylva.
When is commencement rehearsal?
Date: Dec. 13, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
Location: Check in at the Balsam Center lobby at the Jackson Campus and if you will graduate with honors (based on your program GPA), you can pick up your honor cord. Consult your catalog for details on honors distinctions.
Livestream Links for Fall 2022 Graduation Ceremonies:

Health Sciences:

Arts & Sciences/Early College:

Career Technologies Division:

What do I wear for commencement?
All graduates must wear the SCC blue cap and gown to march. A graduation kit (cap, gown & tassel) can be obtained from the SCC bookstore (1st floor, Burrell). Other than the blue gown, there are no specific requirements for shoes or dress.
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 announcements?
Yes, announcements can be sent to guests and can be purchased directly through Herff-Jones. The complete graduation kit only includes cap, gown and tassel. It does not include the announcements. Announcements are not required and guests will not be required to present an invite/announcement to attend your commencement ceremony.
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. 
Can my family/friends take photos at commencement?
Yes, but please be mindful of others when proceeding down front to take these photos.
What if I need accommodations for attending the ceremony?
If you or a guest need assistance to get into the auditorium, navigate the stairs to the stage, move across the stage, hear or see the ceremony, or any other activity related to graduation, please contact the Office of Learner Accessibility & Equity at 828.339.4398 or or visit the Jackson Campus Balsam Center, Room 129A for assistance. 
Other things to remember...
  • Large bags/backpacks will be subject to a security check.
  • Please do not chew gum.
  • You can 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.

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