Congratulations! You Did it!

Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 Commencement

Sunday, May 9, at 3 p.m. @ Pensacola Bay Center
Graduation Live Stream will be available on Facebook just prior to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 9.
Virtual Graduation – Details to come.

GET READY TO GRADUATE!

Date/Time Degree Location
Sunday, May 9

3:00 p.m.

  • Associate in Arts
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Associate in Science
  • College Credit Certificate
  • Advanced Technical Certificate
  • Advanced Technical Diploma
  • Vocational Certificate
Pensacola Bay Center

Be sure to complete your application to graduate in Spyglass!  Click HERE

Order cap and gown from the bookstore: Pensacola Campus  / Warrington Campus  The deadline is Monday, May 3 to have cap and gown shipped. Students can walk into the bookstore and choose from overstock until Friday, May 7. Please note that exact sizes may not be available if walking in.

GRADUATION TICKETS:  A maximum of six tickets may be reserved for guests. Tickets are available for pick up in the Admissions office, located in Building 2. Tickets are not required for graduates. There will be no replacement of lost tickets.

ARRIVAL: Please arrive at the Bay Center at 1:00 p.m. General admission doors (for guests) will open at 2:00 p.m. For more details, please refer to the map in the PARKING section at the bottom of the page.

NAME CARD:  At registration, you will be given a card with your name on it (if you saved your seat in advance). If you did not save your seat in advance, you will need to complete a card – each graduate must have a card! When you approach the stage, you will release your card to the college representative so that they may announce you to the audience. Please keep the card in good condition so that it is easily read by the Emcee. The photographers will also use this card to keep the photos in the proper order.

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE: If you need special assistance, please let an usher know once you arrive so that arrangements can be made. Special needs graduates may enter the Bay Center on the first level and proceed to the registration area.

CEREMONY ETIQUETTE: Please silence all electronic devices during the ceremony. Please stay seated for the duration of the Ceremony (except for the trip to the stage to receive diplomas). Face covers are required except when you enter the stage and release your card to the emcee. Once you have crossed the stage and have posed for your photo, you must replace your face cover.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: Face masks are required! Graduates and guests are required to maintain social distancing while in the Pensacola Bay Center with no handshaking or congregating before and after the ceremony. Anyone who has recently traveled outside of the country, had a fever within the last 14 days, or been in contact with someone who tested COVID-19 positive is asked not to attend.

WHAT TO WEAR: Male graduates should wear dark slacks and dark shoes and female graduates should wear dark slacks or dress with dark shoes. Please do not bring personal belongings, as there is no storage for purses, back packs, etc.

TASSELS: Tassels should be worn on the right side. At the end of the ceremony after you officially have been conferred your degree, you will be directed to move your tassel to the left.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Professional photos will be taken as you receive your diploma cover. Proofs will be mailed to the address you provide on your name card and packages will be available to purchase from Grad Images. You may pre-register so that photo proofs will be provided promptly after the event.  Please pre-register at http://www.gradimages.com/Preregistration to receive an exclusive discount.

DIPLOMAS: Diplomas for students who applied to graduate will be mailed 6-8 weeks after graduation.

PRINTED PROGRAM: Please note that if you (1) did not apply to graduate, (2) applied to graduate, but missed the print deadline, or (3) applied to graduate and selected “N” in the “Print Name” column, your name will not appear in the printed program.

ACADEMIC HONORS: Grade point averages are based on all credits attempted at Pensacola State College, combined with transfer credits from other institutions, including courses not used towards the degree awarded. Associate and Baccalaureate students graduate have three honors categories: Cum Laude: Cumulative GPA of 3.50 to 3.74; Magna Cum Laude: Cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 3.99; and Summa Cum Laude: Cumulative GPA of 4.00.  The commencement program is printed prior to the recording of final grades. For this reason, the commencement program, as well as eligibility to obtain honors cords, will be based on the cumulative grade point average achieved at the end of the term prior to the ceremony. The official Pensacola State College transcript and diploma will be based on the cumulative grade point average of the student at the time of official graduation. An appropriate notation will be placed on the student’s transcript and the diploma will be marked accordingly. All courses attempted, including transfer courses, will be calculated in determining the cumulative grade point average for all purposes including the honors designation.

SECURITY:  Due to changes in security at the Pensacola Bay Center, all attendees will be required to go through security screening with metal detectors. Please only bring essential items to graduation. Plan to arrive with enough time to go through Pensacola Bay Center Security. Download the Security Flyer (.pdf)

PARKING:  All graduates who arrive from 9th Avenue and park in the back of the building will walk down the Gate #3 & 4 stairwells. All others will walk down the North Fire Lane to the back of the building. All students must be screened in order to enter. Graduates will be directed to their seats on the floor. Please note that friends and family members are not able to accompany you to this level. Ushers will be available to provide assistance. Please see this map for additional information.

ASSEMBLY:  Students will be directed to their seats following registration and are asked to stay seated. There will be no rehearsal prior to the ceremony. Students will be guided to and from the stage by Commencement Marshalls. Please pay attention to these Marshalls immediately after the ceremony for details on the recessional (how graduates walk out of the facility).

Contact graduation staff at graduation@pensacolastate.edu with any questions.

Attire, Caps, Gowns and Tassels

Caps and Gowns:

Students must order cap & gown online. Delivery will be mid-April.
Order cap and gown from the bookstore: Pensacola Campus  / Warrington Campus
If you have questions, please contact the bookstore at (850) 484-1515.

Tassels:

Tassels should be worn on the RIGHT side. After you officially have been conferred your degree at the end of the ceremony, you will be directed to move your tassel from the right to the left.

What to Wear:

Graduates must be attired in full academic regalia (cap/gown) to participate in the ceremony.

Suggested attire:

Female graduates — Business attire. No flip flops or beach-type sandals.

Male graduates — Dress shirt and tie with long trousers. No flip flops or beach-type sandals.

Graduation caps and gowns will be available from the bookstore. If you have questions, please call the bookstore at (850) 484-1515

The Ceremony And Protocol

Graduating with Academic Honors:

Academic Honors are based on GPA and described in the college catalog. The determination of the honors categories for commencement ceremony is based on the cumulative grade point average at the end of the student’s last term of enrollment prior to the term of graduation. Honor cords may be purchased from the College Bookstore.

Graduation Protocol:

The Commencement ceremony is a most dignified event. Decorum and courtesy are very important for graduates and their guests.

All graduates and members of the general audience should stand and remove hats following the lead of the stage guests.

No air horns, balloons, bubbles, beach balls, or similar items are allowed in the ceremony. The use of noisemakers may be intended to show one person’s pride in a graduate, but it can also ruin the chance for another family to hear the name of their graduate announced.

Patching & Pinning Ceremonies:

These ceremonies are separate from Commencement. Contact the program directors for details.

Rehearsal:

There is no rehearsal at Pensacola State College for commencement. Therefore, it is very important for students to arrive on time to check in.

Photographs:

Graduation photographs will be taken during the ceremony. The photographer will contact graduates with special photo packages that can be purchased.  To preregister please visit www.gradimages.com, and click on Pre-Event Email Registration.  Enter your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who you would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing and ordering your photos.

  • For more information regarding the graduation ceremony, please call (850) 484-1690.

Academic Regalia

ROBES

The academic regalia —robes, caps or mortarboards, medallions— found in most colleges and universities is derived from the academic and clerical dress common throughout the medieval universities of Europe.
The modern academic gown is a garment resembling a long black cape. In early medieval times, all students at the universities were required to wear the robes to class. The colors of velvet and piping on robes represent the degree or discipline of the wearer.
The hood was originally a functional garment, worn to shield the head from the elements. It has developed to an often bright and decorative garment worn only on special academic occasions The interior lining of the hood displays the colors of the institution from which the wearer received a degree.

  • Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science graduates wear black gowns.
  • Associate in Arts and Associate in Science graduates wear green gowns.
  • Advanced Technical Certificate, Advanced Technology Diploma, and Career and Technical Certificate graduates wear navy blue gowns.

PRESIDENTIAL CHAIN OF OFFICE

The chain of office worn by the President is a celebration of the College’s history. From September 1948 to July 2010, the College was named Pensacola Junior College. In July 2010, the College became Pensacola State College. The large bronze medallion on the center of the chain is the College seal. The right side of the chain recognizes the past presidents of Pensacola Junior College, and the left side of the chain recognizes the current president of Pensacola State College.

THE MACE

The ceremonial academic mace goes back to 1385 at the University of Vienna. An academic mace is traditionally carried in procession when degrees are granted or when the faculty is assembled in formal academic dress. The Pensacola State College mace was crafted by Mr. Fred Bond of Pensacola. To commemorate the history of the college, one side of the ornament at the top of the mace has the Pensacola Junior College seal which was taken into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery that was launched in April 2010, and commanded by deceased Alumnus Alan Poindexter. The other side of the ornament displays the seal of Pensacola State College.

CAPS

The academic cap, commonly known as the mortarboard, is symbolic of academia. It is a flat square hat with a tassel suspended from a button in the top center of the board. Graduates wear the tassel on the left side. Holders of doctorates and the current and past chairs of the District Board of Trustees wear a rounded headpiece known as a Tudor bonnet or tam.

GRADUATION STOLES AND HONOR CORDS

  • African American Student Association — green, red, and black honor cord
  • Alpha Beta Gamma — gold stole
  • Dental Hygiene — purple and white honor cord
  • Kappa Delta Pi — teal and purple honor cord
  • Military Veterans — red, white and blue honor cord
  • National Technical Honor Society — purple stole and white and purple honor cord
  • Phi Beta Lambda — blue and gold stole and honor cord
  • Phi Theta Kappa — gold stole and blue and gold honor cord
    • Presidential Scholarship Award — medallion with gold ribbon
  • Robinson Scholars — gold stole
  • Sigma Beta Delta — gold and green stole and honor cord
  • Student Ambassadors — silver stole
  • Student Government Association — blue stole
  • TRIO Student Support Services — red and black honor cord