All SCC students must submit a Graduation Application and successfully complete all course requirements in their program of study. Our commencement ceremony is held in May and all fall, spring, and summer graduates for the academic year are eligible to participate.

Steps to Graduation

Please follow the steps below to successfully complete the graduation process:

  • Meet with your advisor to review your academic progress and verify that you are eligible to apply for graduation in the 2019-20 academic year.
  • Go to the MySCC page, log in to Self Service, then “Graduation Overview” to begin the application process. If you do not see your major listed please complete a Change of Major form with the Student Success Center.
  • Answer all required questions and be sure to spell your name exactly as you want it to appear on your diploma in the “Preferred Name on Diploma” section.  Make sure your application(s) is submitted by the appropriate deadline and please note that you must submit a separate application for each degree, diploma or certificate. Application(s) are required whether or not you intend to participate in the graduation ceremony. A confirmation email will be sent directly to your SCC student email.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the Registrar, and an email will be sent within 3 weeks of receipt of your application. The email will notify you and your advisor of the remaining classes needed to complete your requirements. Please work with your advisor to ensure you are properly registered for these classes in the upcoming semester(s).
  • Students participating in the graduation ceremony must wear an SCC cap and gown. These will be available for purchase in the SCC Bookstore in April. All inquiries about caps/gowns should be directed to the bookstore at (910) 695-3789.
  • Additional information will be emailed throughout the spring semester, and written instructions will be mailed in April pertaining to  graduation rehearsal and ceremony.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Records and Registration at any point in the process with any questions or concerns. We want you to be successful every step of the way!

Graduation Application Deadlines:
Fall 2019 Completers – November 7, 2019
Spring/Summer Completers – February 6, 2020

Graduation Rehearsal:  Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 10 am

Commencement:  Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10 am

*Please Note:  Walking across the stage during the commencement activities does not mean that you have “graduated”. You must complete all course requirements before receiving a diploma.

How to Apply

You are required to meet with your advisor before applying for graduation. After you have met and reviewed your academic progress, log in to Self Service and click on “Graduation Overview” to begin the application process. Applications must be submitted by the designated deadlines.


In order to earn a degree from Sandhills Community College you will need to meet the following general requirements:

  • Meet any grade requirements for course(s) such as a grade of “C” or higher for Health Science majors.
  • Earn a minimum of a 2.00 grade point average in your program of study.
  • Successfully complete 25 percent of course credit hours of the certificate, diploma, or associate degree requirements at Sandhills Community College, with that 25 percent coming from major and other major hours, and not from general education hours, for the program of study. The Director of Records and Registration verifies completion of 25 percent as part of the graduation application process.
  • Successfully complete course requirements as prescribed in the Catalog in effect at the time of entry into the program. If students have an interruption in enrollment from their designated program of study of two or more years, they will be subject to the program requirements prescribed in the Catalog in effect upon their re-entry into the program.
  • All associate degree students must either place out of DMA-010 through DMA-030 or MAT-003, or successfully complete DMA-010 through DMA-030 or MAT-003, to demonstrate competence in fundamental math skills.
  • Submit a current graduation application to the Office of Records and Registration after you have met with your assigned advisor.
  • Clear all financial obligations to the college.


Honors: Students are eligible to graduate with honors if their major (only courses included in major can be used) GPA is a 3.5 or higher for Associate Degrees or Diplomas.

Honor Distinction
Cum Laude – grade point average between 3.50 – 3.74
Magna Cum Laude – grade point average between 3.75 – 3.89
Summa Cum Laude – grade point average between 3.90 – 4.00

Phi Theta Kapa coordinator: Jackie Babb

President and Deans List coordinator: Julie Voigt


How many family members can attend the commencement ceremony?
Two tickets will be issued to each student in case of inclement weather. If inclement weather is not an issue, there is no limit to the number of guests that may attend.

How will I know about graduation rehearsal?
The graduation rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 10:00 am. Check your student email on a regular basis for notifications about the graduation process.

Where do I purchase my cap and gown?
Caps and gowns will be available for purchase in the bookstore. They can be reached at (910) 695-3789.

When will my degree information appear on my transcript?
Graduates can expect degrees to be posted on their transcripts approximately 4 weeks after the graduation date. When ordering a transcript please select “After Degree Completion Statement is Posted”.

What is an evaluation?
When you meet with your assigned advisor, they will run an evaluation which will list completed, and remaining courses needed for graduation. You can also utilize “My Progress” in Self Service to see how close you are to completing your degree.

I am completing more than two degrees, do I need more than one graduation application?
If a student is applying for more than one degree, a separate graduation application is required for each certificate, diploma, or degree. Students cannot apply to graduate from both the Associate in Science and Associate in Arts degree programs for the same academic year. Also, students cannot apply to graduate with the Associate of General Education if they are graduating or have graduated with another associates degree ( A.A.S, A.S, A.A).

When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas will be mailed approximately 4 – 6 weeks after the commencement ceremony. Verification of degrees/diplomas/certificates takes time so please be patient as we try to expedite this process.

How can I order a duplicate diploma?
A replacement diploma costs $10.00. You can fill out the form, or you can submit a request in writing for a replacement. Please be sure to include: Your name at time of graduation, dates of attendance, program of study, mailing address, hand written signature, date of birth, and a current contact number. A check or money order should be made payable to Sandhills Community College. Please note that diploma replacement requests take up to 7 days and can not be expedited with an extra fee.

Sandhills Community College
Attn: Business Office
3395 Airport Rd
Pinehurst NC 28374