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Commencement Instructions

Instructions for All Divisions
Rehearsal: TBA
Commencement: Dec. 14, 2022
Division: Health Sciences
  • Ceremony start time: 
  • Graduates check in/line up:
  • Guest seating begins: 
Division: Arts & Sciences/Early College
  • Ceremony start time: 
  • Graduates check in/line up: 
  • Guest seating begins:
Division: Career Technologies
  • Ceremony start time: 
  • Graduates check in/line up: 
  • Guest seating begins: 

For additional Commencement information, please see our website.


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.

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