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Commencement General Information

Instructions on how to apply for graduation can be found at myFSU Student Central.

All students must apply for graduation online via in order to receive their degree. Doing so does not obligate them to participate in the commencement ceremony; that is a separate action. Students can begin applying online to receive their degree on the first day of classes and until the third week of classes of the term they wish to graduate. Check the Academic Calendar for the semester dates and deadlines.

If you have missed the university’s deadline to apply for graduation, please contact your academic college dean’s staff or call 850-770-2311 for assistance. You must be included on the graduation list for your academic college in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.

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.

To be cleared for graduation, undergraduate students must complete the Graduating Senior Survey. This brief online survey asks about your post-graduation plans. Funding of the university depends on our ability to report this information so completion of the survey is a graduation requirement. The link to the survey will be sent to you two weeks prior to the last day of classes. The survey will be sent to undergraduate students only.

It is the student's responsibility to apply for graduation online through the myFSU Student Center by the end of the third week of the graduating semester in order to receive a diploma and have the degree posted on the student's transcript.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Spring 2020 online graduation application period is from January 13 through 24, 2020. 
  • Spring Panama City commencement ceremony will be May 3, 2020, (time TBD) at Edgewater Beach Resort, Panama City Beach.
  • Summer, early walker requests must be submitted between (Dates TBD).
  • After (Date TBD), Panama City campus students must call (850) 644-0832 to order their cap and gowns OR visit the FSU Panama City Bookstore during their normal operating hours (Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.).
  • Spring cap and gown/announcement may be ordered through Herff Jones (Dates TBD). Be sure to click on link for Panama City Student).
  • Spring cap and gown pickup is at the FSU Panama City Bookstore from (dates TBD).
  • Summer online graduation application period.

Commencement Ceremony

FSU Panama City's annual Commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2020, (time TBD) at the Edgewater Beach Resort Conference Center on Panama City Beach.

Students who have graduated in the preceding summer or fall semesters, as well as students who have applied for graduation in the spring semester are invited to participate in the annual spring commencement ceremony. Four guest tickets are allotted per graduate. Additional guest tickets are not guaranteed but may be requested by email through your student email to  no later than (Date TBD). All guests must have a ticket to enter the venue.

FSU Panama City students may also participate in the Tallahassee campus commencement ceremony, which is held each semester in Tallahassee. Email  for more information about each semester's ceremonies on the Tallahassee campus.

Cap and gowns/announcements for both undergraduates and graduate level participants may be ordered through Herff Jones (dates TBD), (be sure to click on link for Panama City Student). For additional information, call the Panama City campus Office of Admissions & Records, (850) 770-2311.


Commencement will be held at the Edgewater Beach Resort Conference Center, located at 520 Richard Jackson Boulevard, Panama City Beach, FL 32407. Doors to the conference center will be opened for guests at 12:30 p.m. CT. The ceremony starts promptly at 1:30 p.m. CT. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and be seated prior to the start of the ceremony. Those with mobility or health issues are encouraged to arrive early to find appropriate seating. Once the graduation processional begins, FSU Police WILL NOT allow guests to enter the auditorium until all graduates have been seated. Guests are asked to please respect graduates by remaining in their seats until completion of the ceremony.


Florida State University Police will be on-site during Commencement to ensure the safety and welfare of all graduates and their guests. Students are asked to refrain from leaving valuables in the undergraduate and graduate dressing rooms.

Summer Walkers

Students who anticipate completing all degree requirements in the summer semester immediately following spring Commencement may submit written requests and departmental approvals to the FSU Panama City Office of Admissions & Records for consideration to participate in the spring Commencement ceremony. Students must wait until the 4th week of classes to submit their request. Summer Walkers should not apply to graduate online for the spring term.

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.

The table found on the university Registrars webpage illustrates the required value range combinations and provides further definitions.

Please note: Your anticipated level of degree distinction may vary after the final graduation check is completed. Due to spring grades/GPAs not officially posting until after the graduation commencement ceremony, all spring graduate’s calculations for degrees of distinction will be based on the student’s Fall 2018 GPAs. Those participants that graduated in summer and fall 2018 whose distinction is already posted on their FSU undergraduate transcript will also be eligible.

The FSU Panama City Admissions & Records staff will determine each participating student’s eligibility and provide the appropriate honor cord when students pick up their commencement regalia/guest tickets the week of April 22. Please contact Brandi Barnes at (850) 770-2311 if you have any further questions.

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Sunday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m.