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FSW Honors Class of 2023 Graduates with Two Commencement Ceremonies

Apr 28, 2023

APRIL 28, 2023 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will hold its Spring 2023 commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 5 in the Suncoast Credit Union Arena. More than 1200 graduates have registered to participate in this year’s commencement ceremonies.

Commencement will be split into two ceremonies and will be held as follows:

  • 10 a.m. - School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; School of Health Professions; and some Associate in Arts degrees
  • 2 p.m. - School of Business and Technology; School of Education; School of Pure and Applied Sciences; Dual Enrollment; and remaining Associate in Arts degrees

Graduates will receive guest tickets, and anyone without a guest ticket will not be permitted inside.

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.

Outside flowers, 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 28, 2023

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