Student Services

Graduation Information

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Graduation Questions? Email: Call: 941-752-5060

Summer 2022 Graduation

Step 1: Apply

The Summer 2022 graduation application is now open. 

> Apply For Graduation

Step 2: Complete the Graduation Survey

> Graduation Survey

Summer 2022 Important Dates

Summer 2022 Events


Graduation Application Deadline 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Graduation Survey

Tuesday, August 9, 2022


December 9, 2022


Graduation Application Deadlines 

Semester Application Deadline
Summer A 2022 Thursday, June 23, 2022
Summer B 2022 Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Fall 2022 October 21, 2022

 When Do I Apply?

Apply after you have registered for your final semester and when the application for the term in which you are graduating is open (deadlines above). Be sure you apply for the term in which you are graduating. 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 by the posted deadlines and will be successfully completing their degree/certificate by the end of the graduation term are guaranteed to be listed in the commencement program.*

How do I apply to Earn my Degree or Certificate? 

  1. Complete the online graduation application. 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 review the Graduation Ceremony Attendance Policy at the bottom of this page. 

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. 


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 approximately eight weeks for certification and shipping.

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.
  • To guarantee graduation processing, students should always apply to graduation by the posted deadlines and should not rely on our systems to automatically award a degree or certificate. 

FAQ | Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I do if I am planning on continuing my studies at SCF after graduation? 

  • A: If you have not already done so, please submit a Change of Major form to the Office of the Registrar to declare your new program of study. 

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: 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 by the posted deadlines 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: What is the dress code for the commencement ceremony?

  • All graduates must be in the SCF approved and current regalia (cap and gown). This may be purchased at the SCF Bookstores in Venice and Bradenton approximately two weeks prior to commencement. Graduates should be in appropriate attire: dark shoes, dark dresses, dark slacks/trousers, white dress shirts, and/or neckties. Stairs may be difficult to navigate in heels. Tassels are worn on the right side of the cap. Caps may be decorated appropriately. SCF reserves the right to deny commencement participation based on inappropriate dress. The following cords are permissible: CROP, PTK, and Veterans cords. PTK cords, are optional, and must be purchased by the student. There are no cords for honors, as academic honors are listed in the program and on the diploma. 

Q: Does my child need a ticket to attend as a guest for the Commencement ceremony? 

  • Participating graduates do not need a guest ticket for commencement, but do need to RSVP by the posted deadline. All guests, regardless of age, need a guest ticket to attend commencement. Infants and children guests sitting on the lap of an adult will also need a ticket. These tickets will be limited each semester based on graduate count. This number will be released after the graduation application deadline. 

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. RSVP through your graduation application or update your RSVP through 
  3. Receive an initial approval email from the Office of the Registrar during the first review
  4. 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 requirements might 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 semester or the Fall semester are invited to the winter graduation ceremony. 

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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