Information for Graduating Students

Things to Know

Students completing requirements for a degree should submit a Petition for Graduation by the end of the Drop/Add period the semester they anticipate graduating.

A Petition for Graduation Fee of $80 will be charged to your account after your eligibility for graduation is confirmed. May/August graduates pay this fee with the April 15 payment and December/January graduates pay this fee with the November 20 payment. Petitions submitted after the end of Drop/Add will incur a $25 Late Petition for Graduation Fee.

Undergraduate students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA and who are able to complete all remaining courses during the summer following the May 2024 Commencement may contact the Graduation Clerk at to complete a conditional participation form requesting permission to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

A student’s final course must be taken from Pensacola Christian College. Final coursework may not be earned at another institution.

Students may order graduation announcements through the Campus Store during the spring semester.

Announcements are meant to inform family and friends of your accomplishment in finishing college. Unlike invitations, they do not include information like the date and time of the ceremony, so you may send them any time—even up to two weeks after the ceremony.

Watch your email in February for a link to order announcements.

Graduates who have difficulty with stairs, please email by Monday, April 22, so your seat can be assigned in an appropriate location.

In April, graduates will request the number of guest tickets they need (watch for details via student email). Additional tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Crowne Centre atrium desk 45 minutes before the start of each ceremony.

  • Admission to Commencement requires a ticket for general seating.
  • Graduates will receive the tickets they’ve reserved with their regalia.
  • Commencement tickets are free and may not be sold.

Children must be six years old to attend the Commencement ceremony in the Crowne Centre auditorium. Children under six may watch Commencement by video with an adult in the Crawford Chapel (located in the Crowne Centre).

  • Wear a navy or black dress (or skirt and blouse) that meets handbook guidelines and that is not longer than your regalia gown.
  • Wear black shoes. Do not wear backless shoes or boots.
  • Have your hair off the shoulder and forehead.
  • Do not carry a purse.
  • Wear black or dark blue (not gray), solid-colored pants.
  • Wear a white, long-sleeved dress shirt.
  • Wear a conservative regular long tie.
  • Wear black socks and black shoes. Do not wear backless shoes or cowboy boots.
  • Follow grooming guidelines in the Student Handbook for hair (including facial hair).

Graduation regalia is designed to follow a uniform academic protocol. Additions to the college-issued regalia listed below are not permitted.

Cap and Tassel

The cap (or mortarboard) is worn by all participants. The color of the tassel on the cap indicates the major field. Undergraduate candidates wear their tassel on the right side and move it to the left when their degree is conferred. Graduate candidates wear their tassel on the left side.


A black gown is worn by all participants. The type of sleeve varies by degree.

White Collar

A white collar is worn by women who are receiving an associate’s degree; men do not wear this collar. Associate candidates do not wear a hood.


A hood is worn by bachelor, master, and doctoral candidates. The hood is worn with the velvet side up; the velvet denotes the major/degree being granted.

On the back of the hood, the silk lining should be turned out so the royal blue and white silk can be seen, as shown in the picture below.

Hood Instructions


Honor cords and medallions are draped around the neck under the hood. PCC awards the following honors:


Undergraduate candidates who earn at least a 3.50 PCC cumulative GPA wear a medallion in addition to blue and white cords. Seminary and graduate students who earn a 4.00 PCC cumulative GPA wear double gold cords.

Christian Leadership

Undergraduate students selected for Christian Leadership recognition wear a red cord.

Who’s Who

Undergraduate students selected for Who’s Who among PCC Students wear a gold cord.

Pick up your regalia in the Crowne Centre Music Suite on Wednesday, May 8, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or Thursday, May 9, between 7:30 a.m. and 12 noon. Enter from the back of the Crowne Centre using the First Street entrance on the west side of the building just past the North Lobby entrance.

  • Your regalia will be labeled with your name.
  • If anything does not fit properly, see the attendant who will assist you with an exchange.
  • Tap your ID card before leaving Regalia Distribution.
Regalia Map

Thursday, May 9

10 a.m.  Nursing

2 p.m.    Professional Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

4 p.m.    Arts and Sciences, Biblical Studies, Liberal Arts

Enter the Crowne Centre through the west lobby doors closest to the Crowne Centre parking lot. This is a full dress rehearsal, which means you need to wear your regalia as well as the attire you plan to wear at Commencement.

Doors to the Crowne Centre open 45 minutes before the ceremony. All guests should be seated 10 minutes before the ceremony begins. To ensure that all families can hear their graduate’s name called during the ceremony, we request that all guests kindly:

  • Turn off all mobile devices.
  • Refrain from using noisemakers of any kind.
  • Remain seated and refrain from using signs.
  • Avoid using photographic or recording equipment.
  • Hold applause until directed by the emcee.

Parking is available on campus. For your convenience, traffic attendants will guide you to the areas open for parking.

Regalia must be returned to the Crowne Centre Music Suite. If your ceremony is on Thursday, regalia collection will be open until 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 9. All students should return their regalia by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 10.

Regalia Map

Pensacola Christian College’s records reflect one official graduation date for every term. The date shown below will appear on all diplomas and transcripts as the official graduation date, even though the ceremony may be on a different date.

Fall 2023 December 14, 2023
Interterm 2024 January 19, 2024
Spring 2024 May 10, 2024
Post-term 2024 May 24, 2024
Summer 2024 August 9, 2024

Participation in the Commencement ceremony does not indicate a degree has been conferred. Degrees will be awarded when all requirements have been fulfilled.

Diplomas will be mailed by the end of May to graduates who have completed all degree requirements and whose Business Office account is paid in full. Need to revise your address? Email For diploma reorders, a $20 Diploma Reorder Fee will apply.

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