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Spring/Summer 2020 Graduation Ceremony
Date/Time Degree Location RSVP
Saturday, August 1, 2020

10:00 a.m.

  • Associate in Arts
Pensacola Bay Center RSVP 10:00 a.m. Click Here

RSVP Deadline is July 23!

Saturday, August 1, 2020

3:00 p.m.

  • 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 RSVP 3:00 p.m. Click Here

RSVP Deadline is July 23!

Important safety measures will change these graduation ceremonies from those held in the past. In order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the following information is provided:

  • Graduates and guests will maintain social distancing while in the Pensacola Bay Center.
  • Ceremonies will be live-streamed for those who are not able to attend. The live stream links will be available closer to the event and will be emailed to students.
  • Remote viewing is encouraged.
  • Participation in graduation ceremonies is voluntary.
  • Students must order cap & gown online. Delivery will be mid-July. Click below to order your cap and gown.
  • Face masks are required. Please bring your own.
  • Bags of any kind (tote bags, backpacks, etc.) are discouraged.
  • Seating will be limited to 40% of the arena’s capacity and will be controlled by issuing tickets for admission.
  • Seating is general admission with tickets provided with RSVP. RSVP is required!
  • There will be no replacement of lost tickets.
  • Graduation times have been scheduled to allow the Pensacola Bay Center to be sanitized after each ceremony.
  • No handshaking during the ceremony.
  • No congregating after graduation ceremonies; graduates and families should go directly to their vehicles and exit the property promptly.
  • Anyone who has recently traveled outside of the country, had a fever within the last 14 days, or been in contact with someone who was COVID-19 positive will be asked not to attend.
  • 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)
  • ARRIVAL & 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:  College representatives will be available to assist you in the organization of the processional. Please be aware that there will be no rehearsal prior to the Commencement ceremony.

Attire, Caps, Gowns and Tassels

Caps and Gowns:

Students must order cap & gown online. Delivery will be mid-July. Click here to order your cap and gown.
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