Commencement is the formal celebration of the degree or certificate you are to receive. It is a time for you to receive well-deserved recognition for your hard work. Since SPC holds the commencement ceremony prior to degrees being verified, students are considered candidates for graduation. Participation in the ceremony does not imply or suggest you have met all graduation requirements.

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 graduation candidates based on their all-college cumulative grade point average at the beginning of the term.

The college is currently exploring options to celebrate our Spring graduates. At this time, no final decisions have been made regarding a postponed Spring Commencement Ceremony as we continue to monitor the situation and seek to follow all state and local guidelines with regards to health and safety concerns. We will communicate with all of our Spring graduates when a decision is made.

Those scheduled to graduate this term will receive additional information when that date is determined. Graduates will receive their diploma and/or certificate(s) in the mail within three to four weeks of the end of the term. Please log in to MySPC to make sure your permanent address is correct. Degrees will be noted on your official transcript within one week of the end of the term.

  • Purchase your cap, gown and tassel online.

  • Pick up any cords and stoles for membership in student organizations or honor societies. Contact your organization for specific instructions on obtaining this regalia. These items must be secured in advance.

  • Arrange for Special Accommodations if needed.
    Contact SPC's Accessibility Services at 727-341-3398 at least one week prior to the event to request disability accommodations. In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.  

Arrive on time.

Dress in your regalia.
You should be dressed in your cap, gown and tassel. We recommend wearing business casual and comfortable shoes underneath.

Pick up your Honor Cord.
Honor cords are available for pick up. Look for the designated table as you enter the venue. Certificate earners are not eligible for honor designation.

Honors distinction is given to students in a bachelor's or associate degree program with a qualifying cumulative GPA. The GPA that is 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
Associate 3.30 - 3.79 3.80 - 4.00
Bachelor's 3.50 - 3.79 3.80 - 4.00


You may bring as many guests as you want. Tickets are not required. Animals are not allowed in the stadium except service animals.

You will receive a diploma cover at the ceremony; however, you will not receive your diploma. After all graduation requirements are verified and the degree conferred, graduates expect to receive their diploma.

Admissions and Records certifies your graduation after final grades are verified. Your degree becomes official when it is annotated on your transcript and not by your participation in commencement exercises.