Graduation Procedures for
College Commencement 

Location: Alan Jay Wildstein Center for Performing Arts


Are you ready to apply to graduate?Dr. Mark Bukowski and Student Speaker Maddie Charles

All graduates must complete pre-graduation procedures to participate in Commencement services:

  1. See your advisor and get a degree audit to ensure you have completed or are in the process of completing all program requirements.
  2. Have you taken and completed the Florida Civic Literacy Exam? Check with your advisor to see if this is a requirement for you. If you need to take this test, you must pass it prior to being awarded your degree.
  3. Complete the Graduation Application and pay the $15 processing fee. (Complete this application for Summer 202430)
  4. The current application will close on Thursday, March 21 for participation in the Tuesday, May 7 Commencement ceremony. You may still apply to graduate after that date but you will not be walking in the ceremony.
  5. If you want to walk in the ceremony, indicate that you will participate in the May ceremony; otherwise, you will choose “will not attend.”
  6. If you are participating in the Commencement ceremony, purchase your cap and gown package on or before Thursday, March 28. We ask that you do not borrow cap and gown packages. If you do, the package must be preapproved prior to March 28.

You will receive an email confirmation that the process was successful.

If you have received any type of student loan, you are required to conduct an in-person exit interview with your financial aid advisor.


Not required


Students who plan to attend a Commencement ceremony must order their caps and gowns through the College Bookstore. Regalia MUST be purchased from the SFSC Bookstore by Thursday, March 28, 2024.

Bachelor’s Degree Program

  • Cap, Gown, and Tassel Package: $49+tax
  • Hood: $39+tax

Associate Degree Program

  • Cap, Gown, and Tassel Package: $39+tax
  • Hood: $26+tax

Certificates and Diplomas

  • Cap, Gown, and Tassel Package: $39+tax

Additional tassels can be purchased for $8 each. All regalia purchased is subject to sales tax. Payment is due when orders are placed. Student ID and receipt must be present to pick up regalia. For information, call the SFSC Bookstore at 863-784-7112.


May 7, 2024, Commencement details will be available when we have the final numbers of graduates participating in the ceremony. The date and time will be available by mid-April. 

Please do not bring these items to the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts:

  • Aerosol or spray cans
  • Air horns, whistles, or other noise-making devices
  • Lighters or candles
  • Flags and flag poles
  • Signs and banners
  • Camera tripods and extension cords
  • Wrapped gifts
  • Pets other than service animals
  • Weapons
  • Laser pointers
  • Frisbees or other projectiles
  • Confetti, glitter, or streamers
  • Silly string, beach balls, or other inflatable items
  • Balloons are not allowed in the center
  • Jewelry and flowers may not be worn on Commencement gowns


FROM ARCADIA: Travel north on U.S. 17 to Zolfo Springs. Turn right onto State Road 64, and travel east to Avon Park. Turn right onto U.S. 27. Heading south, drive approximately 2 miles; turn left at the light at College Drive.

FROM WAUCHULA: Travel east on East Main Street (State Road 636) to State Road 64. Continue east to Avon Park, and turn right onto U.S. 27. Heading south, drive approximately 2 miles; turn left at the light at College Drive.

FROM I-4:  Take exit 55 onto U.S. 27, heading south towards Haines City. Continue south to Avon Park, approximately 48 miles. Continue on U.S. 27, south of downtown Avon Park, approximately 2 miles. Turn left at the light on College Drive.

Diplomas and Certificates

The Registrar is the official authority responsible for certifying that all graduation requirements have been met. Diplomas and certificates will be processed at the end of the term when the requirements are fulfilled. It takes approximately six to eight weeks for a student to receive his or her diploma or certificate by mail after the end of the term.

Official SFSC Transcripts

Graduates of South Florida State College may order official transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find important questions and answers for the 2024 Commencement.

How do I learn when my ceremony will be held?

  • If you have applied for graduation and purchased a cap and gown, please see the email that was sent to you. This contains the information for your ceremony. If you do not see this email, look in your junk or spam folder. You can also call 863-784-7107 for details.

How long is the ceremony?

  • Your ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Where and when can I pick up my cap and gown?

  • The SFSC Bookstore on the Highlands Campus will begin distributing caps and gowns on the determined date during the normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Can I bring anything with me to the ceremony?

  • Graduates should only bring keys and phones that can fit inside their gowns. Do not bring bags, purses, backpacks, or anything else that must be carried.

Will the ceremony be live-streamed this year? 

  • Yes. On the day of Commencement, there will be a clickable image on the homepage of to take you straight to the live coverage.