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Spring Commencement | Friday, May 1, 2020 | 7:00 p.m.

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Important Spring 2020 Graduation Deadlines

***The Spring 2020 graduation application is now open***

Event Deadline
TBD- Will Post Here!

Commencement RSVP Deadline 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Graduation Application Deadline 

Friday, March 27, 2020
Friday, May 1, 2020

Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 1, 2020

Important Summer 2020 Graduation Deadlines

***The Summer 2020 graduation application will open March 28, 2020***

Event Deadline

Graduation Application Deadline 

Friday, July 31, 2020

Graduation Survey

TBD - WIll post here!

Graduation Application for Fall 2020 Opens

Friday, August 1, 2020

When Do I Apply?

Apply after you have registered for your last semester. You are not required to wait until the end of your last semester to apply. All summer graduates are invited to participate in the winter ceremony in December, since there is not a summer commencement ceremony.

*Only students who apply four weeks prior to the date of graduation, or earlier, and will be successfully completing their degree/certificate by the end of the graduation term are guaranteed to be listed in the commencement program.*

Graduation Application Deadlines

Semester Hard/Final Deadline
Spring 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020
Summer 2020 Friday, July 31, 2020
Fall 2020 TBD- Will Post Here!

 How Do I Apply to Earn My Degree or Certificate? 

  1. Complete the online graduation application. Once, you complete the application, a $20 charge will be applied to your account which may be paid to Cashiering within 24 hours after you submit your application. Reapplications and certificates will not be charged this fee. Dual Enrollment students must submit a paper application. This application may be obtained by emailing 
  2. You must complete a graduation survey by clicking: Graduation Survey
  3. If you are planning on participating in the commencement ceremony, please complete the "Commencement Checklist" below.

To promote student success, the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is committed to formally recognizing earned student accomplishments.

  • Students may be automatically awarded any degrees or certificates that they qualify to receive.
  • Students who apply and qualify to graduate in a program that is not currently listed as their program of study may automatically have that additional program added to their SCF records as an additional program.

Spring 2020 Graduation Ceremony Information

Friday, May 1, 2020 | 7:00 p.m. | Bradenton Convention Center

  • Ceremony Location: Bradenton Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto, FL 34221
  • Please leave enough time for travel and traffic congestion to ensure on-time arrival. 
  • US 301 and State Road 64 are the best exit options from I-75 to the Convention Center.
  • All graduates must arrive by 5:30 p.m.
  • The following items are not permitted in the hall: food/drink, strollers, air horns, beach balls, and similar items.

Commencement Checklist 

  1. You must RSVP to the commencement ceremony by the posted deadline. You may RSVP in your online application and update your RSVP through
  2. If you are related to a current SCF employee, please let us know here
  3. Graduates are required to wear the designated regalia: cap, gown, and tassel. Regalia will also be available for purchase in the SCF Store, approximately two weeks prior to graduation. Please call 941-752-5080 with questions.
  4. Only students who apply four weeks prior to the date of graduation, or earlier, and will be successfully completing their degree/certificate by the end of the graduation term are guaranteed to be listed in the commencement program.

Disability Resource Center for Graduates and Guests

Graduates with special needs will be accommodated. Please contact the Disability Resource Center at least two weeks in advance of the ceremony at (941) 752-5295 or All graduation ceremonies will have an American Sign Language interpreter in attendance. There is no preassigned seating for guests with disabilities. However, limited wheelchair seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests should arrive by 6:00 p.m.


If you are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and you are planning to participate in the graduation ceremony, SCF would like to honor your service with patriotic cords to be worn as part of your official graduation regalia. Please contact Veteran Services  to confirm your intent to participate in the ceremony. 

Phi Theta Kappa and Honors 

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members may visit the PTK website to purchase an optional honor cord, stole, and tassel. There is no added regalia for honors.

Diploma Mailings

After the College has certified the degrees and certificates, diplomas and certificates will be mailed to the address listed on your application for graduation. Please allow up to eight weeks for certification and shipping.

FAQ | Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to apply for graduation if I will not be walking in the ceremony? 

  • A: Yes. You must successfully submit all steps of the graduation application to be considered for a degree or certificate.

Q: Are the graduation application and ceremony attendance RSVP the same thing?

  • A: No. If you plan on participating the graduation ceremony as a graduate, you must submit a graduation application and the RSVP.

Q: Since I did not meet my degree/certificate requirements on the first attempt, I am reapplying for the same degree or certificate. What do I need to do?

  • A: Submit a new graduation application. There is no need to repay the $20 application fee for a repeat attempt at the same degree or certificate within SCF.

Q: When will I receive my diploma?

  • A: Diplomas and certificates will be mailed approximately eight weeks after graduation. 

Q: Will my name be listed in the commencement program? 

  • Only students who apply four weeks prior to the date of graduation, or earlier, and will be successfully completing their degree/certificate by the end of the graduation term are guaranteed to be listed in the commencement program.

Q: Where do I complete the Graduation Survey?

Q: How do I order a transcript? 

  • A: If you need your transcript immediately after graduation, please order it here at this time. You will need to mark the transcript as "Hold for Degree," which will move you up in the final review list and your transcript will be sent quickly.

Q: What if I move or need to change my diploma mailing address on my graduation application?

  • A: Change your address on the Personal Information page so we have an up-to-date address for you, and email to request an update to your diploma mailing address. If you fail to update this address with SCF and the graduation email prior to the mailing of the diplomas, you will need to pay the nonrefundable $15 duplicate diploma fee. Diplomas are mailed approximately eight weeks after graduation but may be mailed sooner without notification. Any student who has a financial or disciplinary hold will not be sent the diploma until the hold is cleared.

Graduation Ceremony Attendance Policy

Only students who successfully complete the following, by all posted deadlines, may participate in the graduation ceremony:

  1. Submit the online graduation application 
  2. Pay the $20 graduation fee (reapplications and certificates do not have a fee)
  3. RSVP through your graduation application or update your RSVP through 
  4. Have a student status of degree seeking
  5. Receive an initial approval email from the Office of the Registrar during the first review
  6. Purchase the correct graduation regalia from the SCF Store

Initial approval will be determined in the first round of the review process, and students will be informed that they are initially approved or are missing requirements to graduate via their SCF student email accounts. Students who are missing any requirements will not be permitted to walk in the graduation ceremony.

Students who are missing requirements must register to fulfill the course requirements in the graduation semester and/or correct the issues, and email to notify the Office of the Registrar that they are ready to be reviewed and considered for initial approval again.

Students graduating in the Spring semester are invited to the spring graduation ceremony. Students graduating in either the Summer term or the Fall semester are invited to the winter graduation ceremony.

An exception is made for dual enrollment students, who will be completing all the required coursework in the graduation term. These students will often not receive final high school transcripts until after the SCF graduation date. Since receipt of a high school transcript is a state requirement for graduation, we will review the application for degree conferral in the next available cycle, but the student can walk in the designated graduation term one semester prior to receiving the degree.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at:
(941) 752-5060; (941) 408-1300, ext. 65060; or


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