Graduation and Commencement

Graduation and Commencement

Commencement 2018

May 5 • 11 a.m. • Zollar Building

What you need to know about graduation

You must apply to graduate in order to receive your degree!

You will not officially earn your degree until you have applied for graduation. Applying to graduate does NOT mean that you have to participate in the commencement ceremony; it simply alerts the Records office that you have finished (or are near finishing) all your coursework so that they can perform a pre-audit, process the final degree requirements and send you your well-deserved degree. Similarly, applying to graduate does not reserve your spot in the commencement ceremony; you must register for commencement separately.

To qualify for graduation, you must meet all degree requirements and settle all financial obligations to the college. You will receive a response as to whether you have met the graduation requirements after the pre-audit is complete.

The deadline to apply for graduation for the Summer or Fall 2018 semester is Feb. 16, 2018. The deadline to apply for Spring 2018 graduation has passed, however, you still may be able to apply. Contact your advisor to learn more.

Your cap, gown and tickets to the ceremony will be available for pick-up shortly before commencement. More information to come.

The number of tickets you receive depends on the number of students who sign up to participate in commencement. SMC cannot give out additional tickets. If you need more tickets, ask your friends and classmates if they have extras. You can also try posting to SMC’s Facebook page to ask if anyone has extra tickets.

Ferris Dowagiac students: See Lisa Topping for graduation information. Tickets and instructions will be mailed in April.

Diplomas will be available for pickup 5-7 weeks after the end of the semester. If you do not pick it up, it will be mailed to the most recent address we have on file for you.

Congratulations on finishing your degree!

Stay connected with SMC by liking Southwestern Michigan College Alumni on Facebook.

Forever commemorate your relationship with SMC and help pave the way for future SMC students by buying a brick on the Alumni Plaza. All proceeds benefit student scholarships.