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FALL 2023 Commencement

December 14, 10:00 a.m.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m.
Ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Thrasher-Horne Center, Orange Park Campus


Last day to order CAP/GOWN and apply for degree conferral and participate in the ceremony is November 3, 2023.

Graduation tickets for your guests are limited to 4 per graduate. Tickets will be distributed when you pick up your cap and gown. If you would like additional tickets, unclaimed tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at Will Call at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of graduation.

The ceremony will be live-streamed on the College’s YouTube channel. Family and friends are invited to watch by accessing the channel from either the College’s homepage at or by accessing the YouTube page at

Graduates may order and pick up caps and gowns through the bookstore.

Phi Theta Kappa members should contact their campus advisor to obtain PTK tassels and stoles.

Graduates should arrive at the Thrasher-Horne Center on the Orange Park Campus no later than 9:00 a.m. Graduates will gather in the conference center on the right side of the building, and guests will enter the main auditorium to be seated. The ceremony will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Graduation Marshals will be on-site to provide assistance to graduates and guests.

Professional photographers will be at the ceremony to take photos and will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. for individual photos of graduates. Stage photos will be captured during the ceremony. Photo proofs will be sent by mail. Graduates are not required to purchase photos.

Official diplomas and certificates will be mailed to you at the address provided on your graduation application. If you do not meet the requirements for graduation, you will be notified by mail.

Note: Participating in the graduation ceremony does not guarantee degree completion. To receive a diploma or certificate, all program and degree requirements must be met.

All graduates and guests are subject to a security screening prior to entry. Graduates should refrain from bringing any bags, purses, backpacks, or other items to the ceremony.

Graduates may not bring any items on stage. Phones, keys, etc., must be in pockets or left with an attending guest for collection after the ceremony.

For graduates or guests who require accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (386) 312-4127 or by email at

Students should be aware of the graduation requirements. These include the core curriculum, payment of all fees, and any work required in special programs. It is the student's responsibility to determine the courses necessary for transfer to any upper division college or university and to meet any program specific courses required by those upper division programs. Students should see an advisor prior to submitting a graduation application.

To begin the application process students should take the following steps:

  1. Complete an online graduation application. There is no fee to submit a graduation application. You must submit the completed form to the Administration/Records Office.
  2. Fulfill all obligations, financial and other, to the College.
  3. All graduates are encouraged to attend the graduation ceremony. There is a fee to purchase caps and gowns.
  4. For subsequent graduations, prospective graduates must still apply to graduate.

When processing your application for graduation, the following graduation requirements will be reviewed:

  1. Completion of the required courses and number of credits
  2. Minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  3. 25 percent residency requirement mandated by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (Students must have earned a minimum of 25 percent of the credits toward their degree at SJR State.)
  4. Honors designation - PLEASE NOTE: For the purpose of recognition at the graduation ceremony, an honors designation is based on all grades.

    3.5-3.69 cum laude (with honor)
    3.7-3.84 magna cum laude (with high honor)
    3.85-4.00 summa cum laude (with highest honor)

    These graduates are recognized at graduation ceremonies and have these distinctions noted on their permanent records.