What is the difference between Graduation and the Graduation Ceremony?
Graduation means that you have met all the requirements within a specific program of study. A graduate will have the credential reflected on the transcript and can request to receive a diploma.
Commencement or the Graduation Ceremony is the event to celebrate your accomplishment.
Celebrating your accomplishment by participating in the commencement is personal preference.
You do, however, want to be considered a graduate when you have completed your degree or certificate requirements. Submitting the application for graduation is an important step to ensure you are considered a graduate. If the transcript does not reflect the earned degree or certificate, you can’t prove to a potential employer that you have met certain employment requirements based on education.
October 13, 2021 – Deadline to submit Spring 2022 intent to graduate (completing degree or certificate requirements in May 2022.)
December 2, 2021 – Deadline to purchase cap and gown in the Bookstore.
December 15, 2021 – Diploma payment deadline for Spring intent to graduate students.
May 11, 2022 – Graduation Commencement Exercises – Wallace Campus in Dothan, Civic Center. Honoring Graduates from Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022.
May 12, 2022 – Graduation Commencement Exercises – Sparks Campus in Eufaula, Eufaula Community Center (subject to change.) Honoring Graduates from Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022.
Select Your Graduation Option