Graduation FAQs

Graduation is the term used to refer to the actual completion of a degree or certificate. Once all requirements have been completed, the transcript will note a degree or certificate was awarded and the date it was awarded. 

Do I Have to Sign Up for Graduation? 

No. Upon completion of degree requirements, graduation is an automatic process. Transcripts will reflect the degree or certificate earned. Diplomas will be mailed to the address on file. You may opt-out of the automatic process by contacting the Office of the Registrar. 

Can I Opt-Out of Auto-Graduation? 

Yes. By opting out of auto-graduation you are indicating you do not want your certificate or degree to be awarded. Contact the Office of the Registrar if you wish to opt-out of auto-graduation.  

Do I Have To Sign Up For The Commencement Ceremony? 

Yes, if you want to participate in Commencement. Although graduation is automatic, attending Commencement is not; therefore, you must complete the Commencement application by the published deadline on the Official College Calendar. 

When Will Get My Diploma or Certificate? 

Diplomas and certificates are mailed 6-8 weeks after the beginning of the next semester. Please ensure your address is updated and correct.  

Changes can be made by updating your personal information in the portal or by filling out the Change of Student Data form and submitting it to the Office of the Registrar. Not sure how to complete the form? View our “how-to” video.  

When Will My Transcript Reflect My Degree?  

Graduation processing occurs at the end of each semester and after final grades have been submitted. Posting of degrees may take up to 4 weeks. Want to stay in the know? Follow the Graduation Progress Tracker, updated prior to the end of each semester. 

What Are the Honors Distinctions?

Honors Distinction for Baccalaureate Graduates 

Baccalaureate graduates with a record of academic achievement may be considered for honors. To graduate with an honors distinction, candidates must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours of upper-division graded coursework at Florida SouthWestern State College and must have earned an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher. Honors designations are conferred according to the following scale and are noted on a student's diploma: 

  • Cum Laude (with honors): an overall GPA of 3.50, but below 3.70
  • Magna Cum Laude (with high honors): an overall GPA of 3.70, but below 3.90
  • Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors): an overall GPA of 3.90 or higher 

When determining honors for graduation, the GPA is not rounded up (e.g., 3.49 is not rounded up to 3.50 for graduation with an honors designation.) 

Honors Distinction for Associate Graduates 

Associate graduates with a record of academic achievement may be considered for honors. To graduate with an honors distinction, candidates must have completed 25% of graded coursework at Florida SouthWestern State College and must have earned an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher. Honors designations are conferred according to the following scale and are noted on a student's diploma: 

  • Honors: an overall GPA of 3.50, but below 4.00 
  • High Honors: an overall GPA of 4.00 

Share your Success Story 

FSW graduates are our greatest success! If you would like to share your #FSWSuccess story and possibly be featured in videos, photos, or articles on FSW's website, social media, and other marketing campaigns, email the Marketing and Media team with a brief summary of your FSW success story to success@fsw.edu 

Include your full name, degree program, and phone number so we can contact you. #FSWSuccessStories #FSWStudents #FSWAlumni  

Everyone's story is unique! Whether you overcame a challenge, found your calling, were hired for your dream job after graduation, or are the first in your family to attend college, we want to know how FSW helped you in your journey to success.  

Elevate your Opportunities! Go BUCS! 

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