Graduation at Florida SouthWestern State College is an automatic process. Once a student has met all the necessary requirements for their declared certificate and/or degree program, the student’s certificate and/or degree will automatically be awarded, and the student’s official transcript will be updated. The student will be notified of their graduated status through the student’s College email account, and the diploma will be mailed to the address on file.

Students may update their Automatic Graduation Status by contacting the Office of the Registrar on or before the date published within the academic calendar. If a student chooses to “opt out” of the Automatic Graduation process, the student is indicating they do not want their certificate and/or degree to be awarded and assigned to their academic record. Once a student decides they do want the certificate and/or degree awarded, the student will need to contact the Office of the Registrar to “opt back in” and receive the certificate or degree.

Graduation Progress Tracker

Want to know the status of your graduation right now? Check the Graduation Progress Tracker, which offers a live look at the administrative processes happening behind the scenes, as the staff members in the Office of the Registrar work to award your hard-earned certificate(s) and/or degree(s) in a timely and accurate manner.


Want to know more about the Commencement Ceremonies? While "graduation" refers to meeting all requirements for a certificate and/or degree, "commencement" refers to the annual ceremony that celebrates and honors students for their academic achievements.

Graduation FAQs

Be sure to review these FAQs, and get answers to your graduation-related questions.