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:

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 2022 Completers – November 4, 2022
Spring/Summer Completers – February 2, 2023

Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2023 

*Please Note:  Participating in commencement activities does not mean that you have “graduated”. You must complete all course requirements before receiving a diploma.


How to Apply

Meet with your advisor to verify that you are ready to apply 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:



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

President and Deans List coordinator: Julie Voigt



How many family members can attend the commencement ceremony?
As long as the ceremony is held outside there is no limit to the number of guests that can attend. In the event of inclement weather, two guest tickets will be mailed to each graduate.

How will I know about graduation rehearsal?
Information about rehearsal will be emailed to your SCC student email and also mailed in April. Please check the Graduation page of the website for any additional updates.

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 is Awarded”.

What is an academic 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. Students cannot apply to graduate from both the Associate in Engineering and either the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science 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