Graduation Information

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If you are completing the required coursework for your degree or certificate, you must apply for graduation. Applications for Graduation are only available through your MySSC portal. If you do not complete and submit the Graduation Application, your degree/certificate may not be awarded. Have questions about the Graduation Application? Please email them to

The 89th Annual Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in the Physical Fitness and Athletic Center.  The Ceremony will be broadcast on Facebook LIVE!

Anyone planning to participate in the ceremony must purchase a cap and gown in the SSC Campus Bookstore. As you purchase your cap and gown, you will be given 4 tickets for your guests to be admitted to the ceremony.  No one will be admitted without a ticketYou must bring this letter and a current government issued ID with you as verification when purchasing your cap and gown.

Page two of this letter will include commencement important dates, fees and additional ticket information.  If you are a current or past veteran, please contact me directly as we would like to acknowledge your services.

 On graduation day, please check in at the Registration area on the second floor of the main campus at 11:45 a.m. The ceremony is expected to last approximately one hour.  Immediately following the ceremony, an informal reception for you and your guests will be held in the Atrium of the main building.

If you require any special accommodations for the ceremony, please call 708-596-2000 ext. 2324 no later than May 11th.

Diplomas will be mailed by July 31, after final grades are posted for the current term.  Please keep this letter for future reference.  Feel free to contact Jazaer Farrar or Sam Hinkle at ext. 5724, if you have any questions as to your eligibility.

2017 Commencement Ceremony Additional Information

There will be an optional day for additional distribution of tickets on a first-come, first served basis beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 15th, 2017 in the Student Life and Leadership Office, room 2329. This is a one-time only extra ticket distribution. Up to four additional tickets may be distributed, based on number of graduates attending ceremony.  Photo ID will be required.

There will be no admittance into the ceremony without a ticket. Children 3 and over must have a ticket. Any younger children must be sitting on a guests lap.

Please do not have family or friends show up at the door without a ticket with hopes to be admitted. Unfortunately they will be turned away as door attendees do not have any tickets to disperse.

A professional photographer will be available for portraits before the ceremony on the second floor ramp area at 11:00 a.m. The photographer will also take photos during the ceremony as you receive your diploma.  These optional photos will be offered to you at a nominal price.

 All commencement participants must purchase a new cap and gown from the SSC Bookstore. All sales are final. The very last day to purchase a cap and gown for participation in the ceremony is Thursday, May 18, 2017. No exceptions.

Other purchases which may be made in the Bookstore (open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; F 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) are:

Announcements | $10

Gold Medallions | $13

Cap and Gown | $26

Important Dates:

April 24 – May 18, 2017: Cap and Gown Sales

April 28, 2017: Cap and Gown Sales $10-Late Fee Begins

May 11, 2017: Deadline for Special Accommodations | 708-210-5754

May 15, 2017: Additional Ticket Distribution Beginning at 8:00 a.m.

May 21, 2017: Commencement Day

11:30 a.m. – Flower Sale Outside Fitness and Athletic Center

11:30 a.m. – Graduates meet at the Registration area

1:30 p.m. – Commencement Ceremony begins

Congratulations Graduates!

2018 Commencement Ceremony: Sunday, May 20th