Preparing to Graduate

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.

Graduation Checklist

  1. Degree Audit: Run a degree audit each term before registration.
  2. Transcripts: Be sure to submit all required transcripts; review the Application Checklist for more info!
  3. 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.

Commencement Exercises

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!

Commencement Photos

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 giservice@gradimages.net

Cap and Gown

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
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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.

Graduation Announcements

Printed graduation announcements with envelopes are available for purchase in your campus bookstore.

Chaifetz Arena Parking & Arrival Information

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.

When Will I Receive My Diploma(s)?

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
Spring Mid-June
Summer Mid-September
Fall Mid-January

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Replacing Your Diploma

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.

Duplicate Diploma Request Form is Received by Estimated Diploma Delivery Date
May 1 Mid-June
August 1 Mid-September
December 1 Mid-January
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