Graduation Information

Congratulations on making it this far! You are only a few steps away from obtaining your degree.

Steps to Graduate and to Participate in the Commencement Ceremony

  1. Run a degree evaluation. Need more information about how to run a degree evaluation? Click here for a one page guide. Once complete we recommend printing the degree evaluation or saving it to your computer or personal flash drive.

    • If you have a YES in ALL columns of your degree evaluation, you are ready to fill out the online Graduation and Commencement Application.
    • If you have a NO in ANY columns of your degree evaluation make an appointment to with an Academic Advisor to ensure you are on track to graduate.

  2. Fill out a Graduation and Commencement Application.

  3. Submit your Degree Evaluation and Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office on your campus or submit via email to , Graduation Specialist . Please put “Graduation Application” and your name in the subject line of the email.

  4. Fall 2013 graduates are invited to participate in the May 2014 Commencement Ceremony. If you plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony please complete the Commencement portion of the application. There is no fee to participate.

  5. Pay the $20.00 graduation fee at the Cashier’s Office on your Campus. You will not receive a copy of your diploma or be able to request official transcripts until all outstanding fees are resolved.

  6. Check your FSW email account frequently. This is where you will receive updates about graduation and commencement.

  7. Attend the Commencement Rehearsal.

Definition of Terms

Graduation is the term we use to refer to the actual completion of your degree. You must apply to graduate and to receive a copy of your official diploma

Commencement is the term we use to refer to the graduation ceremony where you walk across the stage, shake the college president’s hand as your family and friends cheer you on. You must ALSO apply to participate in the commencement ceremony. All students from all Florida SouthWestern State College Campuses and Centers who plan to complete their degree this semester are eligible to participate in this commencement ceremony.  There is no additional cost to participate in the commencement ceremony, although you will need to purchase a cap and gown from the Florida SouthWestern State College bookstore to walk at the ceremony. 

Earning a Degree

To receive the Bachelor of Applied Science degree, Bachelor of Science degree, Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Science degree or a Certificate students must satisfy the requirements for that degree or certificate.

Degree or certificate notations are posted to the student's transcript and diplomas are mailed to the graduate's address of record. Please update your address with the Office of the Registrar.

Students must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Earn the minimum required semester hours for the degree or certificate with a cumulative 2.00 GPA and a 2.00 GPA in courses which comprise the degree program.
  • Satisfy Gordon Rule requirements, if applicable.
  • Complete all non-course requirements, if applicable.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 25% of the required degree or certificate course work at Florida SouthWestern State College.
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to Florida SouthWestern State College.
  • Meet all deadlines pertaining to graduation. A continuously enrolled student may choose to meet graduation requirements specified in either the College Catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment or at the time of graduation. Students interested in graduating at the end of a term must submit their applications for graduation by the date published in the Official College Calendar for that term.
  • Students failing to meet the degree requirements in the semester in which they have applied to graduate must reapply and pay the graduation fee. Failure to meet degree requirements may include; incomplete grades, or low evaluation reviews in clinical courses.

Degree and certificate requirements printed in the Catalog are subject to change due to changes in Florida State statutes or Department of Education rules. Final responsibility for meeting graduation requirements rests with the student.

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