Common Questions About Graduation
Q: Have I met requirements to graduate?
A: Schedule an appointment to meet with your advisor and review the requirements that must be met in order to receive a certificate, diploma or degree.
Q: When should I apply for graduation?
A: Apply at the beginning of the semester in which you will complete all course work required to earn a certificate, diploma or degree.
Q: What graduation term should I select?
A: Select the term in which you will complete all course work required to earn the certificate, diploma, or degree for which you are applying.
Q: Are there deadlines to apply for graduation?
A: Yes Advertised deadlines are in the SCC Portal.
Q: I missed the deadline to apply for graduation. What should I do?
A: Call the Student Records office at 864-592-4681 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I do not want to participate in the graduation ceremony. Do I still need to apply for graduation?
A: Yes Students must apply for graduation in order to receive an award.
Q: I will complete my course work during summer term and I plan to participate in the graduation ceremony. Should I select spring or summer on my graduation application?
A: Summer. Always select the actual term in which you will complete all course work. However, in order to have your name listed in the graduation program, the application must be received by the spring/summer deadline listed in the Student Planner/ Handbook.
Q: How can I apply for graduation?
A: Visit the Student Records office and fill out a paper application or go to your Portal account, select Self-Service -> Graduation Overview and submit an electronic application.
Q: Can I receive more than one certificate, diploma and/or degree in the same term?
A: No You can either apply for the highest award or you can apply for the diploma during one term and the degree the next term.
Q: Is there a graduation application fee?
Q: When can I order my cap/gown, ring, and invitations?
A: A representative visits the Giles Campus in early- to mid-March to take orders. The caps/gowns are delivered to the Giles Campus in mid-April. Graduates are expected to order and pick-up their caps/gowns on the advertised dates. These dates and times will be posted on the SCC Portal.
Q: If my graduation request is denied, what should I do?
A: Re-apply for the next term or the term in which you will complete all course requirements.
Q: I marched in the graduation ceremony in May. Does that automatically mean that I was approved to graduate?
A: Not necessarily. SCC's graduation ceremony is held once per year. It consists of fall graduates and students who have applied to graduate during the spring and summer terms. In early May, final review of spring graduate files is still underway and summer graduates still have course work to complete.
Q: When and where can I pick up my certificate, diploma, or degree?
A: Refer to the SCC Portal for specific dates to pick up awards in the Student Records Office. Awards that are not picked up will be mailed.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the Student Records office at (864) 592-4681 or (864) 592-4686.
Student Records office hours:
Monday - Tuesday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday - Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 1:30 pm