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Commencement Handbook

2016-2017

 

Application Dates

Application for Graduation

Students planning to graduate must complete an Application for Graduation form with the Registrar’s office the semester prior to the time they think they may graduate.

When this application is processed and a graduation check is completed, the graduate’s name is placed on the graduation list and will receive all communications regarding commencement. This application gives graduates the opportunity to state how they want their name to read on their diploma.

The Graduation Fee is $60.00. This fee covers academic costs associated with commencement, including preparation of diplomas. This fee does not cover purchase of caps and gowns. These are purchased directly through the bookstore.

Application Deadlines

Application for Winter 2016 - April 15
Application for Spring 2017 - December 15
Application for Summer 2017 - February 15

 

Students planning to graduate should ensure that all the requirements have been met for graduation  

 

Graduation Application

Log onto the FSC Portal to fill out the Graduation Application online.

Apply for Graduation


Graduation fees are paid on the FSC Portal as well.

 

Commencement Dates

Winter Commencement

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Branscomb Auditorium – Florida Southern College

Directions to Campus  

Graduates assemble in caps and gowns at Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at 9:15 AM.

Winter Schedule
9:15 AM Graduates assemble in caps and gowns at the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
10:15 AM Graduate Processional begins to Branscomb Auditorium
10:30 AM Commencement begins

There is no Senior Sunday chapel service specifically for Winter graduates due to the scheduling of Advent services.

Baccalaureate

There are no Baccalaureate services.

ROTC Winter Commissioning Ceremony

Friday, December 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Christoverson Humanities Building Lobby followed by a reception at the same location.

 

Spring Commencement

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1:30 PM
(Doors open at noon)

The Lakeland Center – 701 West Lime Street, Lakeland 33815

Directions and Parking  

Graduates assemble in caps and gowns at a designated location at The Lakeland Center at 12:00 PM.

Spring Schedule
12:00 PM Graduates assemble in caps and gowns at a designated location.
1:00 PM Graduate Processional begins to George Jenkins Arena
1:30 PM Commencement begins

Senior Sunday Chapel Service – Spring Only

Spring graduating seniors are invited to the Senior Sunday chapel service on April 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM. This is not a mandatory event for spring graduates.

Baccalaureate

There are no Baccalaureate services.

ROTC Spring Commissioning Ceremony

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Christoverson Humanities Building Lobby followed by a reception at the same location.

 

Hotels

Special room rates may be available at some area hotels. You must identify yourself as part of the Florida Southern College commencement events to receive these special rates if they are offered. To view some accommodations available in Lakeland, please visit our local accommodations page.

 

Graduation Requirements

Grad Check

Students planning to graduate should complete a Graduation Check with the Office of the Registrar to be sure they meet all the academic requirements for graduation. This should be done at the beginning of the semester prior to the student’s anticipated graduation. Students who have had not had a graduation check appointment should contact the Registrar’s office at 863.680.4127 to schedule an appointment.

Convocation

Students in the Lakeland day program are required to attend all convocations for each semester they are enrolled at Florida Southern College as a full-time undergraduate student, except for the semester of their graduation. A student who does not attend convocation or the convocation encore the following week, will have a fine of $100 automatically assessed to their student account. Questions about convocation status should be addressed by contacting the Office of Student Development at 863.680.4206.

Student Accounts and Library Books and Materials

A graduate should check with the business office and library to make sure all bills are paid and library books and materials are returned. A graduate who owes money may be allowed to participate in commencement ceremonies but will not receive their diploma or transcripts until all accounts are paid.

Graduate Survey

Graduates are expected to complete an online graduation survey to confirm their major, address, campus activities, and future plans. When the survey becomes available, the graduate will receive an email with login information. Winter graduates may expect to receive the email to the online survey beginning in early November. Spring graduates will receive the survey in early March. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Institutional Research at kreaves@flsouthern.edu.

 
 

Order Caps and Gowns, Announcements and Class Rings

Caps and gowns are required for commencement and are purchased through the Campus Bookstore. Graduation announcements and class rings also may be ordered at that time. Payment is required when your order is placed.

Information about delivery and/or pick up times for graduation purchases is provided by the bookstore. For questions, please call the bookstore at 863.680.4186.

Herff Jones, the provider of these products, will send an information packet with purchase details to each graduate’s permanent address.

Campus Bookstore

For the convenience of our graduates and their families and guests, the campus bookstore will be open on graduation days from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The bookstore will have a table set up at each commencement featuring regalia for those graduates who need assistance with their commencement attire. Gift items will also be available for purchase.

The bookstore is open during the week, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. It features FSC apparel and many items suitable for commencement gift giving. Shop online for a complete selection of Florida Southern gifts at the Campus Bookstore.

 
 

Commencement Ceremony

All graduating seniors are expected to attend commencement. There is one Winter commencement for all winter graduates at 10:30 AM on Dec. 17, 2016, Branscomb Auditorium, on the Lakeland campus. There is one Spring Commencement for all spring graduates on May 6, 2017 at 1:30 PM off-campus at The Lakeland Center.

For the December commencement, graduates should arrive in caps and gowns at the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel at 9:15 AM.

For the May Commencement, graduates should arrive in caps and gowns at The Lakeland Center at 12:00 PM. Graduates will assemble at a designated location at the Lakeland Center prior to the commencement ceremony.

There is no rehearsal for either commencement.

Faculty Marshals

These designated faculty members provide the graduates with instruction and guidance for their participation in the ceremony. Graduates receive name cards for use by the announcer during the ceremony.

The Processional

Graduates remain standing for the entire processional, the invocation, and the national anthem. Men remove their caps during the invocation and anthem and then replace them. Women leave their caps on throughout the ceremony. Bachelor’s degree candidates wear their tassels over their right temples. Graduates are seated as a group when the anthem is completed.

Presentation of Degrees

Graduates rise in a group to be presented for their degrees. The faculty marshals direct the movement to the platform. When graduates advance toward the stage, the announcer reads their names. Graduates walk across the platform to receive their diplomas from the president of the College.

The Recessional

Graduates rise for the alma mater. Women leave their caps on, but men remove theirs for the alma mater and benediction. At the conclusion of the ceremony, faculty marshals direct each to join the recessional. Platform occupants recess first; then, the faculty members. Finally, the graduates exit, beginning with the front rows. Graduates are asked to meet their family/guests at a pre-determined location.

Academic Honors

Academic honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) noted in the commencement program are based on final cumulative grade point averages and are explained in the current academic catalog. To be eligible for these honors within the graduating class, students must have earned 62 or more hours at Florida Southern College. CLEP, AP, transfer, transient, and other non-Florida Southern credit do not meet this requirement.

Honor Cords, Stoles and Mortar Board Decorations

Honor cords representing specific honor societies are given to graduates by a representative of that organization. Their cost is not included in the graduation fee. Each organization is responsible for ordering the cords through the Campus Bookstore. Only authorized and registered honor societies may provide honor cords. Graduates may wear unlimited academic cords or medallions and one additional non-academic cord. Non-academic stoles, including fraternity, sorority, or international stoles, may not be worn. In addition, the college reserves the right to prohibit decorations on mortar boards that it deems overly elaborate or inappropriate.

Dress Code for Graduates

Men are asked to wear dark trousers, dark shoes and neckties. Women are asked to wear dark clothing and dark shoes. Men are not required to wear suit coats under their robes.

Photography at Commencement

Professional photographers from GradImages will record each graduate receiving his or her degree. Proofs are provided to the graduate electronically shortly after commencement, and several online opportunities are provided for purchase. For more information, call 800.261.2576 or email www.gradimages.com. During the ceremony, guests are permitted to take photographs from their seats and the aisles to each side of the graduates. They are not permitted access to the stage at any time and must keep the aisles open for graduates walking to and from the platform. Following the ceremony, guests are welcome to use the platform and surrounding area as a backdrop for photos.

Tickets

Tickets are not required for any commencement ceremony. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reserved Seating

There is no reserved seating for any commencement except for accommodations made for those with disabilities.

Graduates with Physical Disabilities

Graduating seniors with physical disabilities should contact the Office of the Provost at 863.680.4124 as soon as possible so proper accommodations may be made.

Parking

Parking for commencement on the Florida Southern campus is free and is on a first-come, first-served basis in any campus parking lot. There is unlimited parking at The Lakeland Center at no charge. Please state you are attending the commencement ceremony when asked by the parking attendant. Handicap parking is readily available at both locations.

Length of Ceremony

The entire commencement ceremony is usually one and a half to two hours, depending upon the number of graduates and the length of the speeches.

 
 

After Graduation

Career Assistance

The Career Center provides assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interview strategies. The Career Center subscribes to College Central Network which allows graduates to share their resumes with employers around the world. Visit the Career Center website to access College Central and other resources that help recent graduates find employment.

Campus E-mail and Campus Mailbox

E-mail Address

Graduates with a college e-mail address ending in @mocs.flsouthern.edu will be able to keep this FSC e-mail account for life as long as they continue to use the account. Other campus e-mail addresses are discontinued approximately one month after graduation.

Campus Mailbox

All students with a campus mailbox should turn in their mailbox keys to the campus post office before graduation. If a key is lost, a fee will be charged to the student’s account. When turning in the key, the graduate will complete a form providing a forwarding address. As soon as the mailbox key is returned and the forwarding address is available, the campus post office will begin forwarding mail.

Alumni Services for Graduates

To learn about the numerous services and benefits available to alumni, please visit the alumni page on our website, or contact alumni@flsouthern.edu, or call 863.680.4110.