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Commencement Instructions

Instructions for All Divisions
Rehearsal: Dec. 13, 2022
  • Check In Begins: 3:30 p.m.
  • Rehearsal Begins: 4:00 p.m.
Commencement: Dec. 14, 2022
  • Guest Seating Begins: 5:00 p.m.
  • Graduates Check In Begins: 5:00 p.m.
  • Graduates Line Up: 5:30 p.m.
  • Ceremony Start Time: 6:00 p.m.

For additional Commencement information, please see our Commencement page.


Instructions for ALL DIVISIONS

  • Report to the 2nd floor lobby of the Balsam Center to pick up name card and line up.
    • Check card carefully for errors. DO NOT LOSE CARD.
  • If your name has a unique pronunciation, please let us know. We will note the phonetic pronunciation on your card for the announcer.
  • Graduates assemble in single line on second floor of the Balsam Center.
  • Graduate processional will enter auditorium at the designated graduation ceremony time. 
  • Graduates MUST wear SCC blue gown to march - no specific dress or shoes required. 
  • Graduates enter from right aisle, areas for graduates will be reserved.
  • Remain STANDING upon entrance and through the invocation.
    • The President will indicate when you should sit. 


At the conclusion of the ceremony the diploma presentation will be as follows:

  • The Executive Vice President for Instruction & Student Services will ask candidates to rise to present the class, certify you have met requirements, and the President will confer.
  • All but the front row will be seated - FRONT ROW REMAINS STANDING.
  • The Marshal will indicate when the first row starts to the stage.
  • When the Marshal indicates your row is ready, THE ENTIRE ROW STANDS together and files to the stairs at the right of the stage.
  • Hand your card to the Faculty Representative (you do not get the card back).
  • Proceed to the Chairman of the Board who hands you a diploma cover (the actual diploma will be mailed in 6 - 8 weeks).
  • Move to the President and shake hands (photographer will take your photo).
  • Exit to the left of the stage, RETURN TO YOUR SEAT AND BE SEATED.
  • Everyone stands for the benediction and the President will indicate when students are to stand for recessional.
  • Graduates exit, front row first, from right aisle as platform party exits left aisle.
  • Exit all the way outside the auditorium to avoid bottleneck.


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. 

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