Graduation FAQs

What is Commencement?

Commencement is the SFCC graduation ceremony.

When is Commencement?

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:00am at the William C Witter Fitness Education Center on the SFCC campus.

Where is Commencement?
Google Maps: 6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508

Can I watch the ceremony from home computer or my smart phone?

Yes, an online live-stream of the ceremony will be available on YouTube.

How long does it last?

The commencement ceremony lasts about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

How do I know if I can graduate?

Complete a petition to graduate and take it to your adviser or counselor. You will find the petition on JACK under the “Registration” tab in the “Student Quick Links” box. The adviser will review it, have the Dean sign it, and then it will be sent to the Registrar’s Office where it will be reviewed and you will be sent a letter. If you have not received a letter, check with the Registrar’s Office.

When will I receive my diploma?

Actual diplomas will not be given out at the ceremony. All graduates will be given an empty diploma cover during the ceremony; which they can place their diploma in when it ready. Diplomas will be mailed after grades have been verified and graduation is posted to the student’s academic record.

Where do I get my cap & gown?

Please come to the Registrar’s Office between November 1 and December 1 to verify your name, degree, major, honors and PTK status for your diploma. Once this information is verified, the cap and gown will be loaned to students by the Student Development Office. Tassels for $4.95 and graduation announcements for $1.35 each may be purchased at the bookstore.

Which side does my tassel go on?

The tassel should be on your right side as you walk into the ceremony, during the ceremony you will be told to move it to your left side.

My aunt is coming in a wheelchair. Will there be special accommodations for her?

Designated handicapped parking spaces are available for those with an official handicapped license plate and tag. If you have guests with disability needs, please arrive early to ensure proper parking and seating.

Will there be a rehearsal?

Yes! Rehearsal will be held at 10:00  on Friday at the Santa Fe Community College William C. Witter Fitness Education Center.

Where do I park? Is there a fee?

Parking is free.  Designated handicapped parking spaces are available for those with an official handicapped license plate and tag.

What else should I know?

Graduates are not allowed to carry anything in their hands during the ceremony (purses, keys, flowers, etc.). Please leave all valuables at home or with a friend or family member.