Graduation Information

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Dear Graduate/Candidate:

While COVID-19 may have changed our plans for a traditional ceremony, South Suburban College’s desire to celebrate and recognize the academic accomplishments of our graduates remains a priority. So everyone can participate without any health risks, South Suburban College will offer our 2021 commencement ceremony virtually on May 16, 2021.

Cap and Gown Ordering:

Anyone planning to participate in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony should order their cap and gown online by 11:59 p.m. March 28, 2021, at ORDER MY 2021 CAP & GOWN. The cost of the gown is $26.00. Your cap and gown will be available for pick-up on 4/13 & 4/14. If you would rather have your cap and gown shipped to your home, there is an additional $12.95 shipping cost.


A professional photographer will be on-site April 19th & 20th, 2021, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. to capture a photograph of you in your cap and gown. Your photograph will be taken free of charge and included in our virtual ceremony. The photograph(s) taken will be offered to you at a nominal price and will be available for review after the virtual ceremony airs by clicking:

Schedule your photography appointment here: SSC Photo Day Signup

If you choose not to have a professional photograph taken on campus, you can upload your own photograph for the commencement ceremony. Take your best headshot in your cap and gown and upload it to SSC Virtual Commencement by 11:59 p.m. April 20, 2021. We have included a step-by-step guide on how to upload your photo on our website. If you plan to take our free professional photograph, you do not need to upload your own photo.

For your safety, and the safety of others, you must wear a mask on campus. If you do not have a mask, we cannot allow you to enter the building to have your picture taken. Times will be set at appropriate intervals to ensure social distancing guidelines.


If you are a current or past Veteran, please notify we would like to acknowledge your service.


For questions regarding G.P.A or honors status, please contact Jazaer Farrar at For information related to the Virtual Commencement Ceremony, we will hold a Q & A session on Wednesday, April 8th 1:00 p.m – 2:00p.m. at Commencement Q&A.

Congratulations on your achievement! We want your virtual commencement ceremony to be a pleasant, meaningful experience. You may also find information by visiting the graduation information page.


Tenial Whitted

Director of Registration & Records

Important Dates

February 15th Cap & Gown ordering site opens
March 28th 11:59 p.m. class=”center” style=”vertical-align: middle;”>Online Cap and Gown ordering deadline date.
April 8th 1:00 p.m. Virtual Commencement Q & A Commencement Q & A
April 13th
10:00a.m – 2:00 p.m.
12:00a.m – 4:00 p.m.
Cap & Gown pick-up Performing Arts Center
April 14th 4:59 p.m. Deadline to schedule on-site graduation photograph
April 18th 11:59 p.m. Deadline to schedule on-site graduation photograph. SSC Photo Day Signup
April 20th 9:00a.m – 3:00p.m. On-site graduate photos Performing Arts Center
May 16th 1:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony begins on Facebook.

Things to Note

  • Last day to order a cap and gown for participation in the ceremony is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 28th. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Last day to upload a photo in your cap and gown for the virtual ceremony is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 20th. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • By being photographed or uploading your photo, you understand that you am giving permission for South Suburban College the use of my photograph for public, promotional, and/or educational purposes (including publications, presentation, or broadcast via newspaper, internet or other media sources).  You do this with full knowledge and consent and waive all claims for compensation for use, or for damages.
  • Cap & Gown– $26.00       Cap & Gown Photo– FREE

Uploading your Photo

2021 Virtual Commencement Photo Upload Instructions