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FSW Honors Class of 2021 Graduates with Three In-Person Commencement Ceremonies

Apr 27, 2021

APRIL 27, 2021 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will hold in-person, Spring 2021 commencement ceremonies on Friday, April 30, in the Suncoast Credit Union Arena. A total of 2,946 students will earn their degrees. More than 900 graduates have registered to participate in this year’s commencement ceremonies.

Commencement will be split into three ceremonies, and the arena will be cleaned in between each ceremony. Ceremonies will be held as follows:

  • 10 a.m. - School of Health Professions, School of Education, and School of Business and Technology
  • 2 p.m. – School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Applied Science
  • 6 p.m. - School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Applied Science

COVID safety measures will be in place for each commencement ceremony. Graduates will receive two guest tickets, and seating inside the arena will be assigned and socially distanced. Anyone without a guest ticket will not be permitted inside. Additionally, facial coverings will be required inside the arena.

The Suncoast Credit Union Arena has enhanced security measures for all arena events including walk-through metal detectors and bag restrictions. These security measures will be in place during FSW’s commencement ceremonies.

Balloons, air horns and noisemakers of any kind are prohibited inside the arena.

Guests are encouraged not to bring bags into the arena. This includes backpacks, purses, briefcases, duffle bags or coolers. Guests that choose to bring a bag will be able to bring in the following:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12? x 6? x 12”.
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the arena with one of the clear plastic bags. Small bags must not exceed 4.5” x 6.5”.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.

Guests will be asked to return non-approved bags or other prohibited items to their vehicle prior to arena entry. There is no check-in location for prohibited bags or items at the arena. For a full list of prohibited items, visit




Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and most affordable institution of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees and professional certifications, several with 100 percent licensure pass and job placements rates. Study and travel abroad opportunities are available for students through FSW’s Center for International Education. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. Visit for more information.

Last Updated: April 27, 2021

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