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 graduates pay this fee with the April 18 payment and December graduates pay this fee with the November 22 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 no more than two remaining courses to be completed during the summer following the May 2022 Commencement may contact the Graduation Clerk at GraduationClerk*pcci|edu 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.

Information will be available in the spring.

Graduates who have difficulty with stairs, please email GraduationClerk*pcci|edu so your seat can be assigned in an appropriate location.

Do you have guests who need an American Sign Language interpreter? Contact commencement*pcci|edu by Monday, April 25, to ensure appropriate accommodations.

Details for Commencement tickets will be available closer to the event.

Children must be six years old to attend the Commencement ceremony in the Crowne Centre. Children under six may watch Commencement by video with an adult in the MacKenzie Great Hall.


  • Wear a navy or black dress (or skirt and blouse) of proper street length, not longer than your regalia gown.
  • Wear black shoes. Do not wear backless shoes or cowboy 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, four-in-hand tie. (This is a man’s 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 in Science 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.

On Thursday, May 12, pick up your regalia in the Crowne Centre Music Suite 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

Rehearsal for Commencement begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, and will end at approximately 5 p.m. 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 for guests at 8:45 a.m. Guests should be seated by 9:20 a.m. No photographic or recording equipment or packages of any kind are permitted in the auditorium. Guests are requested to turn off all mobile devices.

Parking is available on campus and in surrounding areas. For your convenience, traffic attendants will guide you to the areas open for parking. Please allow extra time in your travel plans to get to the Crowne Centre from your parking location.

Regalia must be returned to the Crowne Centre Music Suite after Commencement by 2 p.m.

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.

Summer 2021 August 20, 2021
Fall 2021 December 16, 2021
Spring 2022 May 13, 2022
Summer 2022 August 19, 2022

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 to graduates by May 27, provided your Business Office account is paid in full. Need to revise your address? Email GraduationClerk*pcci|edu. For diploma reorders, a $20 Diploma Reorder Fee will apply.

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