Preparing to Graduate
What's the difference between Graduation and Commencement? Graduation is the act of receiving a degree in your program of choice. Commencement is the celebration for students who are graduating.
- Degree Audit: Run a degree audit each term before registration.
- Transcripts: Be sure to submit all required transcripts; review the Application Checklist for more info!
- Apply for Graduation: If you meet all graduation requirements for your declared major, the Registrar's Office will notify you by email the first week of the term in which you will complete your degree requirements. Otherwise, you may complete the Application for Graduation form. Submit the application to the District-Wide Registrar's office by the priority deadline:
Summer Graduation - June 20
Fall Graduation - October 7
Spring Graduation - March 1
Applications received after the priority deadline will be processed, however it is possible that your name will not be printed in the graduation program.
St. Louis Community College celebrates graduation once a year in May at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University. We encourage all students from each fall, spring and future summer semesters to participate. No official college records are updated simply because you attend the event.
STLCC Commencement Ceremony
May 10, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University
1 South Compton Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103
No tickets are required and there is no limit on the number of guests you may invite!
GradImages is the official photographer for commencement. GradImages takes two photos of each graduate: as the student is lined up to walk on stage and as the student shakes hands on stage. All proofs will be mailed to your home a few weeks after commencement. Proofs maybe viewed online at GradImages. Pictures may be ordered online, by phone or by mail. If you have any questions, contact Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Caps and gowns are available at any campus bookstore.
|Cap, gown and tassel||$20.15 plus tax|
|Phi Theta Kappa gold stole||$22.00 plus tax|
|Extra tassel||$2.25 plus tax|
Wear your cap and gown to the commencement exercises, as changing rooms are not available at the Chaifetz Arena. Your cap should sit on your head horizontal to the ground, not perched at an angle and the tassel hangs on the right side.
Printed graduation announcements with envelopes are available for purchase in your campus bookstore.
Directions and Parking: Please view the Chaifetz Arena Parking and Directions directions. Ample parking is available in seven nearby lots and garages. A free shuttle service will be provided from the Olive/Compton Parking Garage. Please note, parking fees are cash only and vary by event. All lots are subject to availability based on your time of arrival.
Arrival Information: Graduates should arrive through the VIP Entrance on the west side of the Chaifetz Arena by 6 p.m. Signs will be placed around the Arena to assist in locating the VIP Entrance. Guests can enter Chaifetz through any of the public entrances.
Following the program, graduates will exit the arena through the south loading dock on the lower level and will walk back to the north entrance to meet friends and family.
You will receive a diploma cover during the commencement ceremony. Diplomas are issued about four weeks after commencement provided all graduation requirements are met and all holds are cleared.
Term of Graduation
|Estimated Diploma Delivery Date|
Diploma re-orders are processed with our end of term graduates. Therefore, re-orders will be placed three times per year: December, May, and August. If you have more than one credential, please complete a separate Duplicate Diploma Request Form for each one.