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 19 payment and December graduates pay this fee with the November 23 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 2021 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.

May 2020 graduates were invited to participate in the 2021 ceremony. We will use the e-mail address on file to communicate details to those who indicated they plan to participate. If your e-mail address changes, be sure to update your contact information by e-mailing GraduationClerk*pcci|edu.

Order graduation announcements at pcci.edu/GraduationAnnouncements February 19–March 20.

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

Have guests who need an American Sign Language interpreter? Contact commencement*pcci|edu by Monday, April 26, to ensure appropriate accommodations.

Graduates are eligible to receive up to 4 tickets for reserved seats in the Crowne Centre. Commencement tickets are free and may not be sold.

Guests without a reserved-seat ticket may view the ceremony by video in the Dale Horton Auditorium or MacKenzie Great Hall (for guests with children under 6). The event will also be livestreamed at pcci.edu/events/commencement.

Reserve your tickets online at pcci.edu/gradtickets on May 3 and 4. Your ID number coupon code is valid one time.

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

Ladies

  • Wear a navy or black dress (or skirt and blouse). Follow dress guidelines in the Student Handbook.
  • Wear black shoes. Do not wear backless shoes or cowboy boots.
  • Have your hair off the shoulder and forehead.
  • Do not carry a purse.

Men

  • 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.

Gown

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 of Science degree; men do not wear this collar. Associate candidates do not wear a hood.

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

Seminary Sash

Seminary master candidates wear a black and red sash. The sash is worn on the right shoulder and hangs so that the tassel is on the left side.

Honors

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

Academic

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.

How to Wear Regalia

On Thursday, May 13, 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

Nursing (undergraduate) 10 a.m., Thursday, May 13
All graduates (except undergraduate Nursing) 2 p.m., Thursday, May 13

Enter the Crowne Centre through the lobby doors closest to the Crowne Centre parking lot. Since this is a full dress rehearsal, wear your regalia as well as the exact attire you plan to wear at Commencement.

For all ceremonies, doors open 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. Graduates should be in their seats 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. You may view specific times for your ceremony here.

Parking is available on campus. 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.

No photographic or recording equipment or packages of any kind are permitted in the auditorium. Guests are requested to turn off all mobile devices.

Regalia Collection will be open 5–10 p.m., Thursday, and 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday.

All regalia must be returned to the Crowne Centre Music Suite by 5 p.m., Friday, May 14.

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 2020 August 21, 2020
Fall 2020 December 17, 2020
Spring 2021 May 14, 2021

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 after May 28, provided your Business Office account is paid in full. Need to revise your address? E-mail GraduationClerk*pcci|edu. For diploma reorders, a $20 Diploma Reorder Fee will apply.

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