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.
- 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.
- 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
The State University System announced all traditional on-campus commencement ceremonies will not be held as scheduled and directed each university to develop an alternate schedule or method of delivery. President Thrasher and the entire administration recognize that commencement is a joyous time for our students and their families.
To honor your accomplishments, FSU Panama City will host an online celebration in July and a traditional ceremony when circumstances allow. We ask that all Panama City graduates submit photos, videos and/or messages to friends and family through our virtual graduation form.
If you have any questions or need more information about refunds or future ceremonies, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 the final graduation check is completed. Due to summer grades/GPAs not officially posting until after the online graduation ceremony on July 31st, all summer graduate’s calculations for degrees of distinction will be based on the student’s spring 2020 GPAs.
For summer 2020 graduates, university staff will determine each graduating student’s eligibility and the appropriate honor cord will be mailed to the student (via USPS) by the university prior to the end of the semester. Please contact Brandi Barnes at 850-770-2311 or email email@example.com if you have any further questions.
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.
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.)
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.