FAQs for Candidates

  • What if I'm planning to attend commencement

    Applications for graduation MUST be submitted by the last day of the term you wish to graduate.

    What’s next?

    Step 1:  Review your degree audit.

    • mySFCC > Home > Applications and Tools > Degree Works
    • Review your audit to determine if all graduation requirements show “complete” or “in progress.”
    • Review your audit to determine that your program and catalog year are correct.

    If you have questions about your audit, degree completion or program – please contact your navigator.

    Step 2: Submit your Application for Graduation

    • mySFCC > Academics > I Need to … > Apply for Graduation

    If you no longer have access to mySFCC, please email the Academic Records and Registrar’s office at add-drop@sfccmo.edu for alternate ways to apply for graduation.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

    Priority Graduation Application Dates:

    • Fall Term: June 15th
    • Spring Term: November 15th
    • Summer Term: April 15th

    Applications for graduation MUST be submitted by the last day of the term you wish to graduate.

  • What if I am no longer planning to attend commencement?

    A 100 percent refund on your regalia will be issued up to one week prior to the commencement ceremony if the following conditions are met:

    • Cap, gown, and tassel must be clean, unworn, and in its original package.
    • Original receipt required.

    Your diploma will be mailed to you.

    Fall Candidates Diploma Mailing

    • Will be mailed at the end of June if the following have been met:
      • All certificate and/or degree requirements
      • Does not have a financial obligation to the college

    Spring and Summer Candidates Diploma Mailing

    • Will be mailed at the end of October if the following have been met:
      • All certificate and/or degree requirements
      • Does not have a financial obligation to the college
  • When can I pick up my cap and gown?

    Regalia is available for purchase from the Campus Store on the Sedalia campus or online at www.sfccbooks.com. Shipping charges will apply to all online orders. Either a paper or electronic copy of the email you received from the Academic Records and Registrar office is required to purchase to regalia.

  • Will I receive my diploma at the ceremony?

    No, your diploma will be mailed.

    Fall Candidates Diploma Mailing

    • Will be mailed at the end of June if the following have been met:
      • All certificate and/or degree requirements
      • Does not have a financial obligation to the college

    Spring and Summer Candidates Diploma Mailing

    • Will be mailed at the end of October if the following have been met:
      • All certificate and/or degree requirements
      • Does not have a financial obligation to the college
  • Is the ceremony livestreamed?

    The SFCC May commencement is typically available on the college’s website and YouTube channel. You can access the stream and all social media accounts at www.sfccmo.edu

  • Do I need to RSVP for my guests?

    Not unless you need to reserve accessible seating.

  • I missed the ceremony. Can I still get a program?

    Yes, depending on availability. Extra programs can be obtained in the Academic Records and Registrar office located in the Hopkins Student Services Center on the Sedalia campus.

  • Can I decorate my cap?

    Yes. Please follow these rules on decorating your cap.

    • Keep it clean.
    • No profanity, nudity or rude comments.
    • Do not mount items to your head that could obstruct the view for others.
    • Make sure items are secure and not falling off, this includes excessive glitter. In fact, you may just want to forgo the glitter completely.
    • Avoid battery operated devices or blinking lights. Anything that could be distracting.
    • Do not use anything that makes noise.
    • You will be asked to purchase a new cap if the rules above are not followed.
  • Why wasn’t I listed ‘with honors’ for graduation?

    Academic honors may be recognized at commencement for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degree graduates based upon courses completed and cumulative GPA at the end of the fall semester.

    Final designation of honors will be based upon cumulative GPA at the conclusion of the spring semester. Honors are awarded at two levels based upon all courses completed:

    • Graduation with honors for a 3.60 to 3.84 cumulative grade point average.
    • Graduation with highest honors for a 3.85 to 4.0 cumulative grade point average.

    Professional Certificate completers may graduate with distinction with a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

    Students who have been approved for academic forgiveness are not eligible for academic honors.

  • How long does the ceremony last?

    The length of each ceremony will vary based on the number of graduates taking part and the speakers. This could range between 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours.

  • Can noisemakers be used?

    Air horns and noisemakers are not allowed at commencement ceremonies.

  • Is there a fall or summer commencement?

    SFCC does not host a fall or summer main commencement ceremony, but we do host a health sciences pinning commencement in fall and summer.

    Students completing a certificate or degree in fall or summer will be allowed to participate in the May commencement ceremony.

    Please contact the Academic Records and Registrar office to learn more about participation policies.

  • How do I access my unofficial SFCC transcript after graduation?

    Students may access their unofficial SFCC transcript through their mySFCC account.

    mySFCC >> Academics >> Academic Profile >> Transcript

    You may want to save an electronic or paper copy for your records. If you have a financial obligation due to the college your unofficial SFCC transcript will not be available until you have paid all fees due to the college.

  • Which candidates participate in the Health Science ceremony?
    • AAS Dental Hygiene
    • AAS Diagnostic Medical Sonography
    • AAS Health Information Technology
    • AAS Nursing
    • AAS Radiologic Technology
    • CT Medical Assisting
    • CT Practical Nursing
  • Where do I park?

    Participants and their guests should park in the parking lots located on the south side of the Matthewson Exhibition Center on the fair grounds. 

  • What if I am SFCC faculty or staff?

    Are employees required to participate in commencement?
    All full-time faculty are required to walk in regalia at commencement. Adjunct faculty may participate if they wish. All full-time professional staff are encouraged to walk in regalia or actively participate in commencement related activities. Classified staff may be asked to work as part of their work assignment.

    Can I volunteer to help with commencement?
    Yes! Please contact Jo Lynn Turley at 660-596-7222 or jturley@sfccmo.edu.

    What do I wear?
    All SFCC employees are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony. If you need to purchase regalia, the college will pay up to $50, and your departmental budget will be charged accordingly. While typical gown packages are under $50, you will be responsible for paying anything over this amount. Order regalia during the designated time periods that correspond with the ceremony in which you will participate at https://facultydirect.herffjones.com/index.cfm?cmd=home.

    • May 2022 Commencement ceremonies – please email Polly Grapes (pgrapes@sfccmo.edu) no later than April 8 if you need to order regalia. The following information is required, as your regalia is custom made: Name, Department, Highest Degree earned and in which field, the College/University you attended to receive this degree and your height and weight. Regalia should arrive by May 10, 2022.
    • For June 2022 and December 2022 ceremonies, please place regalia order during the designated time periods only that correspond with the ceremony in which you will participate at https://facultydirect.herffjones.com/index.cfm?cmd=home
      • June Health Science Commencement and Pinning – please place your order between March 15 and May 15. Regalia will be available one week prior to commencement.
      • December Health Science Commencement and Pinning – please place your order between September 1 and November 1. Regalia will be available one week prior to commencement.

    If you are not walking in the ceremony you are still encouraged to attend the graduation ceremony to support our graduates. Appropriate dress in this case would be business professional.

    How do I wear my hood?
    Please make sure that you have your gowns and hoods pressed or dry cleaned (depending on the material) so that you will look professional.

    Wearing Your Hood
    Your hood should contain two different colors. The college colors make up the lining and the trim color varies depending on the field of study.

    The hood should be placed so that it drapes off your shoulders and over the back of your gown. The border trim should be placed on the outside of the hood.
    Be sure the hood lining (the colors of your academic institution) is showing. This can be done by turning the velvet trim to the outside at the back just below your shoulders.

    There should be a cord in the front of your hood to keep it away from your neck. Tie the cord to the clothing you are wearing under your gown.

    Make sure the hood is smoothed down and lays flat against the back of your robe.

    Make sure that the facing of the hood is visible under the chin and lies flat over the shoulders.

    When do I need to arrive?
    Please arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to ceremony.

    Where do I go when I arrive?
    For ceremonies at Mathewson Exhibition Center – Faculty and staff should enter through the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall on the south side and go through one of the two doors taking a right down the hallway. The meeting area will be on both sides of the hall under the bleachers.

    Board members should enter through the southeast door and access the tunnel on the west end of the arena floor. The meeting area will be on both sides of the hall under the bleachers.

    For ceremonies at Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center – Faculty, staff and board members should enter thru the southeast doors and assemble near the Athletic Office.

    Where do I park?
    For ceremonies at Mathewson Exhibition Center – Platform members should park in the northeast reserved parking lot.

    Faculty and staff should park in the National Guard Armory parking lot on the west side or park in the parking lot on the south side of the James L. Mathewson Exhibition Center.

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