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Graduation

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 returns to in-person commencement.

To honor our FSU Panama City campus spring 2021, fall 2020, summer 2020, spring 2020, fall 2019 & summer 2019 graduates, FSU Panama City will be hosting an in-person commencement ceremony in the Tommy Oliver Stadium in Panama City, Fl on Saturday April 24th at 6pm CT.  Directions to the stadium will be provided to each student participant through their FSU student email address. Our ceremony and schedule will be modified to meet CDC guidelines and ensure the health and safety of our graduates, guests, faculty, and staff. Please note physical distancing protocols will be in place and masks will be required for all attendees. Guest tickets will be limited to only 4 tickets per graduate – guest tickets are not transferable to other graduates. Guests must have a ticket to be allowed entry to the venue and may be turned away otherwise.
 
Please note that we must limit the number of guests to follow CDC guidelines and ensure the health and safety of our graduates, guests, faculty, and staff. Thank you for your understanding and appreciation for the health and safety of everyone involved in the ceremony.

The in-person ceremony will be livestreamed for family and friends to view remotely. More details on how to access the livestream viewing will be announced the week of the event.

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 Friday March 26th to reach you in time for the ceremony on April 24th. 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

To honor our FSU Panama City campus spring 2021, fall 2020, summer 2020, spring 2020, fall 2019 & summer 2019 graduates, FSU Panama City will be hosting an in-person commencement ceremony on Saturday April 24th at 6pm CST in the Tommy Oliver Stadium 351 East 13th Street, Panama City Fl.. Our ceremony and schedule will be modified to meet CDC guidelines and ensure the health and safety of our graduates, guests, faculty, and staff. Please note physical distancing protocols will be in place and masks will be required for all attendees. Student participants will be provided with detailed instructions prior to the ceremony.

Students/graduates will be required to reserve their seat at the ceremony and apply for guest tickets through Marching Orders…details will be sent your FSU student email if you have applied to graduate or earned a degree between summer 2019 – spring 2021. 
 
The April 9 deadline for confirming your seat in Marching Order has passed. If you did not confirm your participation in Marching Order, you may email registrar@pc.fsu.edu no later than April 16 to request to participate. Cap/Gown orders will no longer be accepted because the order will not reach your home address in time for the ceremony – Cap/gowns are required for participation.
 
Guest tickets will be limited to only 4 tickets per graduate – guest tickets are not transferable to other graduates. Guests must have a ticket to be allowed entry to the venue and may be turned away otherwise.

Please note that we must limit the number of guests to follow CDC guidelines and ensure the health and safety of our graduates, guests, faculty, and staff. Thank you for your understanding and appreciation for the health and safety of everyone involved in the ceremony.
 
The in-person ceremony will be livestreamed for family and friends to view remotely. More details on how to access the livestream viewing will be announced the week of the event.

If you have any questions or need more information, email registrar@pc.fsu.edu or call (850) 770-2311.

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.

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.

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 spring 2021 will post to student’s official transcripts on May 20, 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.

 

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