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Commencement

Congratulations on nearing the completion of your degree. Once you graduate, you will join an elite group of more than 360,000 Florida State alumni. Even though you will have completed your coursework, you will be a Seminole for life, and we promise FSU will always be your home.

Students must meet minimum University requirements as well as the specific requirements for their major/minor to graduate. The specific University requirements are listed in the Undergraduate University General Bulletin under the section Undergraduate Degree Requirements. To inquire about remaining major/minor requirements needed to graduate students will need to make an appointment to meet with their academic advisor.

After you apply for graduation, a stop will be placed on any future registrations unless you have been readmitted to the university or your name has been removed from the graduation list.

When you receive a degree from the University, you are “discharged” as a student. If you wish to continue as a doctoral student, special (non-degree seeking) student, or to work on a second bachelor’s degree, you must apply for readmission to the University through the appropriate section of the Admission’s Office.

Master’s degree-seeking students must be readmitted through the Graduate Admissions Office.

FSU Panama City Commencement Ceremonies

FSU Panama City hosts a commencement ceremony at the end of each spring semester and welcomes all PC campus graduates that graduated in the previous summer and fall semesters to also participate alongside spring graduates.

At this time, if a Panama City campus student wishes to participate in a summer or fall commencement ceremony, they may participate in one of the FSU Tallahassee campus ceremonies by contacting the Tallahassee campus graduation staff at graduation@fsu.edu – be sure and specify that your campus location is FSU Panama City.

Please continue to monitor this webpage for additional information regarding the FSU Panama City campus spring 2022 commencement ceremony date/time and other details. Contact us at registrar@pc.fsu.edu or call (850) 770-2311 if you have any questions.  

Graduation checklist

  • Apply online for graduation: To earn your degree, you must apply for graduation through myFSU before the third week of the semester you wish to graduate. This is required to enable your academic deans' staff to review your academic records for degree completion. Applying online to graduate DOES NOT obligate you to participate in a commencement ceremony.
    • Login at myFSU.
    • Under myFSU Links on the left-hand side of the screen, click the SC icon.
    • Under the Academics area, click the drop down box arrow and select Apply for Graduation.
    • For further instructions, visit Apply to Graduate.
  • Order your cap and gown/graduation announcements: Students that plan to participate must order their graduation cap/gown through Herff-Jones by visiting their webpage. Cap and gown orders must be made no later than TBD to reach you in time for the ceremony on TBD. Orders will only be shipped to your home address. Students will be responsible for returning them to Herff-Jones using a mailing label provided in your order.  Announcement orders typically take about 3 weeks to deliver to the student, but etiquette states that you can mail announcements out to family and loved ones up to a month after the event. 
  • Complete the Graduating Senior Survey requirement: Students must complete the Graduating Senior Survey to be cleared for graduation, which will be emailed to you two weeks prior to the last day of classes. 
  • Receive your diploma: After you’re cleared by both your academic dean and the University Registrar’s Office, your diploma will be mailed to you. Please allow six to eight weeks after the semester ends for your diploma to arrive.

The Commencement Ceremony

FSU Panama City hosts a graduation commencement ceremony at the end of each spring semester and welcomes all PC campus graduates that graduated in the previous summer and fall semesters to also participate alongside spring graduates.

At this time, if a Panama City campus student wishes to participate in a summer or fall graduation commencement ceremony, they may participate in one of the FSU Tallahassee campus ceremonies by contacting the Tallahassee campus graduation staff at graduation@fsu.edu – be sure and specify that your campus location is FSU Panama City.

Please continue to monitor this webpage for additional information regarding the FSU Panama City campus spring 2022 graduation commencement ceremony date/time and other details. Contact us at registrar@pc.fsu.edu or call (850) 770-2311 if you have any questions.

2021 spring virtual Commencement

Earning a college degree is no small feat, and doing it while surviving a Category 5 hurricane and a global pandemic is something extraordinary. We want to celebrate your achievements. You all have accomplished something great; you have become Florida State alumni. Go on and do great things — we know you will — and remember your FSU Panama City family is here to help you along the way.

If you are unable to attend the face-to-face commencement ceremony on Sunday, April 25, FSU Panama City will also have the ceremony live streamed beginning at 6 p.m.

2020 fall virtual Commencement

Earning a college degree is no small feat, and doing it while surviving a Category 5 hurricane and a global pandemic is something extraordinary. Although the traditional commencement ceremony has been postponed, we want to celebrate your achievements. You all have accomplished something great; you have become Florida State alumni. Go on and do great things — we know you will — and remember your FSU Panama City family is here to help you along the way.

In accordance with public health guidelines prohibiting large gatherings due to COVID-19, FSU will hold a virtual commencement ceremony, which includes FSU Panama City graduates, on Dec. 11. Be on the look out for information regarding our in-person celebration in your email and on our website.

2020 spring virtual Commencement

Earning a college degree is no small feat, and doing it while surviving a Category 5 hurricane and a global pandemic is something extraordinary. Although the traditional commencement ceremony has been postponed, we want to celebrate your achievements. You all have accomplished something great; you have become Florida State alumni. Go on and do great things — we know you will — and remember your FSU Panama City family is here to help you along the way.

In accordance with public health guidelines prohibiting large gatherings due to COVID-19, FSU held a virtual commencement ceremony, which includes FSU Panama City graduates, on May 2. Be on the look out for information regarding our in-person celebration in your email and on our website.

2020 summer virtual Commencement

Earning a college degree is no small feat, and doing it while surviving a Category 5 hurricane and a global pandemic is something extraordinary. Although the traditional commencement ceremony has been postponed, we want to celebrate your achievements. You all have accomplished something great; you have become Florida State alumni. Go on and do great things — we know you will — and remember your FSU Panama City family is here to help you along the way.

In accordance with public health guidelines prohibiting large gatherings due to COVID-19, FSU held a virtual commencement ceremony, which includes FSU Panama City graduates, on July 31.

Degrees of distinction

Only undergraduate students are eligible for degrees of distinction. Every level of degree distinction (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude) requires you to meet the qualifications for both Cum GPA AND Combined Cum. Both GPA calculations have the same qualifying value range into which your average must fall to earn the specified degree of distinction.

Range for Cum GPA   Range for Combined Cum Degree of Distinction Earned
3.500 - 3.699 & 3.500 - 3.699 = CUM LAUDE
3.700 - 3.899 & 3.700 - 3.899 = MAGNA CUM LAUDE
3.900 or higher & 3.900 or higher = SUMMA CUM LAUDE

Please note: Your anticipated level of degree distinction may vary after your final graduation clearance is completed. Due to spring 2021 grades/GPAs not officially posting until after the graduation ceremony on April 24th , all spring 2021 graduate’s calculations for degrees of distinction will be based on the student’s fall 2020 GPAs.

Students approved to Walk/Participate early in a commencement ceremony (prior to actually graduating) are not eligible to be recognized during the ceremony for a degree of distinction, as that honor is reserved for graduating students only.

For past graduates, university staff will determine each graduating student’s eligibility for the degree of distinction they earned. The appropriate degree of distinction honor cord will be provided to eligible students at the ceremony. Please contact the PC campus registrars office at (850) 770-2311 or email registrar@pc.fsu.edu  if you have any further questions.

Walking/Participating EARLY in the Commencement Ceremony 

Participation as an Early Walker does not equate to graduating, as that is separate clearance process that requires completion of all degree requirements and a separate application submitted during the student’s final semester graduation application window. Panama City students requesting to walk/participate early in the commencement ceremony will only be considered for approval if the student will complete all degree/graduation requirements no later than the semester immediately following the term they participate in commencement.

Students wishing to walk/participate early in a Tallahassee campus ceremony must contact the Tallahassee campus registrar’s graduation office at graduation@fsu.edu or call (850) 644-1050 for consideration.

Panama City campus students must consult with their academic advisor and be approved by their academic deans’ staff with the academic college that clears them for completion of all degree requirements. The EARLY WALKER request form must be completed by the student’s academic advisor and acknowledged by the student.

*Early WALKERs are not eligible to be recognized during the commencement ceremony as having earned a Degree of Distinction (ex. cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude), as that honor is reserved for graduating students only.*

Students should NOT apply to graduate in the same semester they are requesting to walk/participate early in a commencement ceremony.

The EARLY WALKER request form must be submitted by an academic advisor on behalf of the student to the FSU Panama City campus Registrar at registrar@pc.fsu.edu or in the Barron Building rm 108. Questions may also be directed to 850-770-2311.

Diploma information

After you’re cleared by both your academic dean and the University Registrar’s Office, your diploma will be mailed to you. Please allow six to eight weeks after the semester ends for your diploma to arrive. If you have additional questions, please call (850) 644-1050.

Ordering a Replacement Diploma

We order diplomas weekly, and they are typically received within two to three weeks of the date on which we place the order.

To order a replacement diploma (size 11”x14”), you must send a written request with your signature and the information noted below. The Diploma Request Form is available as a PDF.

  • Your name exactly as it should appear on the diploma (If your name changes, include a copy of your driver’s license or marriage license to have your new name printed on the diploma.)
  • The semester and year of graduation
  • Your major and degree
  • Your mailing address
  • A $10.00 check or money order (per diploma) payable to Florida State University

Replacement diplomas will be issued using the current diploma format; therefore, they may not be an exact replica of your original diploma. Replacement diplomas will include a “Replacement Diploma issued on [date]” statement in the lower left corner. This statement is generally hidden depending on the type of frame and matting used.

Transcripts

Visit the Transcripts page for instructions.

Diplomas and transcripts will not be released until the student has cleared all financial obligations to the university (i.e., parking fees, library fines, etc.). Degrees earned in summer 2021 will post to student’s official transcripts on August 26, 2021.

Federal regulations require that all recipients of long-term loans participate in an Exit Interview Counseling Session upon graduating. To conduct your online interview, please go to Federal Student Aid and follow the instructions under the Exit Counseling. Contact Kathryn Morgan in the FSU Panama City Financial Aid office at (850) 770-2311 with any questions you may have.

Veteran Transcript Waiver
In accordance with F.S. 1009.26 (17a), Florida State University will waive the transcript fee for a person who is an active duty member or an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Armed Forces and his or her spouse and dependents. The waiver covers the $10.00 transcript cost. The waiver does not cover additional services, such as tracking and expedited shipping. To change the shipping method to a courier service, please provide the appropriate pre-paid envelope to the Office of the Registrar in advance of requesting your official transcript(s).
 
Please carefully follow the instructions for the Veterans Transcript Waiver found here or email veterans@admin.fsu.edu.

 

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