Graduation FAQs



Frequently Asked Questions About Graduation


Do I have to sign up for Graduation?

No. Effective Summer 2016, graduation at FSW is an automatic process, streamlining the necessary steps for students and ensuring their transcripts reflect the degree or certificate earned. Students will be automatically graduated upon completing all degree requirements, and diplomas will be mailed to the address on file. Students may opt out of the automatic process through their student portal or with the Registrar's Office.


Can I Opt out of Auto Graduation?

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

Is there a charge for the Commencement Ceremony?

No, there is no charge for the Ceremony.


How do I sign up for Commencement?

Please complete the Commencement Ceremony Application. All students will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to order your cap and gown.


When will I get my diploma or certificate?

Diplomas and certificates are mailed out 6-8 weeks after the beginning of the next semester. Please be sure that your address is updated and correct. Changes can be made by filling out the Changes of Student Data Form available in the Registrar's Office or in Advising.


When will my transcript reflect my degree status?

Graduation processing occurs at the end of each semester, after final grades have been submitted. Posting of degrees on transcripts occurs at this time, and may take up to 4 weeks.


What is “honors” and how is that determined?

Graduates receive honors recognition based on their cumulative GPA at the end of the preceding semester, since all grades will not have been processed prior to the ceremony.

Honors cords for those who qualify will be available in the Bookstore and can be picked up with your cap and gown.


Honors Graduation Distinction for Baccalaureate Students

Baccalaureate students with a record of academic achievement may be considered for honors upon graduation. To graduate with an honors distinction, baccalaureate degree 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 Graduation Distinction for Associate Students

Associate degree students with a record of academic achievement may be considered for honors upon graduation. To graduate with an honors distinction, associate degree candidates must have completed 25% of the 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

Recognition of Honors at Commencement

Candidates who have accumulated the minimum honors GPA requirements, prior to the term of graduation, will be recognized at the commencement ceremony and will be provided with honors cords. Cadidates who will become eligible for honors after the current terms grades are recorded will not be recognized at the commencement ceremony.



Frequently Asked Questions About Commencement


Do I have to sign up for Commencement if I wish to participate in the Ceremony?

Yes. All students must register to participate in the commencement ceremony using the Graduation Commencement Application form.


Where can I buy Commencement announcement cards?

A variety of Commencement announcements are available for purchase through the Bookstore.


Whom should I contact for questions?

For any questions or concerns you may have regarding the awarding of your degree and/orr the annual commencement cermeony, please contact the Registrar's Office:
Florida SouthWestern State College
8099 College Parkway
Fort Myers, Florida 33919
Phone: (239) 489-9121
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