Attend commencement ceremony

CalendarSpring 2017 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m.
Tropicana Field
One Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg, FL

Commencement is the event or formal celebration of the degree being earned. It is a time for you to receive well-deserved recognition for your hard work.

Register for Commencement Ceremony

The deadline to have your name in the commencement ceremony program is Friday, March 24, 2017. If you are planning to attend, make sure you register early so your name will be included in the program. Please note if you have elected to restrict the release of directory information, your name will NOT be printed in the commencement program book. If you wish to have your name printed, please send an email to If you miss the March 24 deadline, you can still participate in the ceremony but will NOT see your name in the program. . To register:

  1. Log in to MySPC 
  2. Choose My Learning Plan, from the top navigation
  3. Choose Register for Commencement  
  4. Complete the checklist and submit. You will receive an auto-generated email to your student email address to confirm your registration. Your next notification will go out three weeks before the ceremony via email with reminders about the event. 
  5. If you need to make changes to your Commencement Checklist once it is submitted, please send an email to 

Since SPC holds the commencement ceremony prior to degrees being verified, students are considered a candidate for graduation. Participating in the ceremony does not imply or suggest you have met all graduation requirements. You will not receive a diploma at the commencement ceremony. Degrees are awarded after all graduation requirements are certified. Graduation certification is made by Admissions and Records after final grades are verified. Your degree becomes official when it is annotated on your transcript and not by your participation in commencement exercises.

The commencement program is printed prior to the recording of grades for the term. For commencement program purposes only, it is necessary to identify honors designations for candidates for graduation based upon their all-college cumulative grade point average at the beginning of the term.

Commencement Ceremony Guide

Location and Time

Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Dr.
St. Petersburg, Fl.  

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Candidates Check-In Time: 8 a.m.
Ceremony begins: 9 a.m.


There is a $10 parking fee at the stadium.

Special Needs

Candidates with special needs should contact the Accessibility Services at 727-341-3398 to make arrangements at least one week prior to the ceremony.

Cap and Gown

Purchase your cap and gown from the Barnes & Noble campus bookstores.

Regalia/Dress (cap, gown, tassel)

The day of the ceremony arrive dressed in your cap and gown. The suggested attire for all candidates is business/casual attire. Ladies wear comfortable shoes as the processional is long. Your personal belongings (handbags, keys, etc.) should be secured with a friend or family member.

Honor Cords

Gold honor cords will be distributed to candidates from 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. The GPA used to compute honors eligibility is based on the prior term cumulative GPA and can be found on your unofficial transcript in MySPC.

Honor Cords

Gold honor cords will be distributed to candidates from 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. The GPA used to compute honors eligibility is based on the prior term cumulative GPA and can be found on your unofficial transcript in MySPC.

  Required Cumulative GPA
  Single Cord Double Cord
Associates 3.30 – 3.79 3.80 – 4.00
Bachelors 3.50 – 3.79 3.80 – 4.00


You many bring as many guests as you want. Tickets are not required.

Decorum and Protocol

The commencement ceremony is a formal event. Decorum and courtesy are very important for candidates and guests. Please use good judgement and celebrate your accomplishment in a way not to disrupt others.


  • Please plan for a two (2) hour program.
  • All candidates and their guests are expected to remain until the entire ceremony is over.
  • Turn off cell phones for the ceremony.


A professional photographer from GradImages will be on stage to take your picture as you greet the president. To see proofs and order copies of professional photos taken, log in with your last name and the year of the ceremony at GradImages.


Diplomas will be mailed to the mailing address on your commencement checklist two – four weeks after all graduation requirements are verified and the degree conferred.

If you did not register for the commencement ceremony, the name on your diploma will be the name in your MySPC student account. Make sure your address is updated and accurate since that is the address your diploma will be sent. Honors designation on your diploma will be based on your final cumulative GPA. All financial holds, including Exit Interviews, must be cleared before the diploma will be released.

A $15 diploma fee for a duplicate or replacement is required. Contact if you have any questions.