Commencement 2015 Important Information

Cap and Gowns:

A "Graduate Fair" will be held at the College Store on March 24-25 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm CDT Herff Joneswhere graduates may place orders for cap and gowns as well as other graduation items.  Cap and gowns may be picked up at the College Store beginning May 4 to May 8. These will be the student's to keep and need not be returned.  Graduates may also sign up for graduation photos which will be taken on Friday May 8. Please contact the College Store at 219.866.6391 or email with any questions regarding this material.

Student Financial Services:

  • Students who have borrowed money under the Federal Stafford Loan Program or Federal Perkins Loan Program are required to do an electronic exit interview for each program they have borrowed from. E-mails with exit details will be sent to students' SJC e-mail accounts. 

  • Balances from the March 31 statement must be paid in full by 3:00 pm CDT on May 8. 

  • Students who have not completed exit interviews or paid their balances will have their diplomas held.



Those not present for Commencement will recieve their degrees by mail following the May 9th ceremony.

Degree Candidates:

Students must be registered for either the Summer or Fall term to participate in graduation ceremonies.


Want to surprise your graduate?  Why not order a floral bouquet?  You may pre-order a bouquet from Flowers for Dreams or purchase one at the Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse on the day of graduation.  For each bouquet sold, Flowers for Dreams commits to donating school supplies to a local student in need

College Store

The College Store will be open on Friday, May 8th from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm CDT and on Saturday, May 9 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT.

Seating at Graduation Ceremony:

There is limited seating for the graduation ceremony - no reserved seating available.

Handicapped Seating Available:

If you require handicapped seating for the graduation ceremony, please indicate this in your response on the reservations web form or contact Ernest Watson at Seating available for individual and one other person.


All students living in residential housing need to complete the check-out/move out process by 6:00 pm CDT on Saturday, May 9.


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