Graduation Information

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Dear Graduate/Candidate:

While COVID-19 may have changed our plans for a traditional ceremony, one thing that has not changed – we want to celebrate the Class of 2020. South Suburban College remains committed to celebrating the accomplishment, success, and resiliency of the class of 2020. As the College continues to adhere to social distancing guidelines to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the safety of you and your families, we will hold the first-ever virtual commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 at 1:30 p.m. July 26, 2020, with an additional option of participating in our Spring 2021 ceremony.

A professional photographer will be on-site June 24, 2020, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.* to capture a photograph of you in your cap and gown. Your photograph will be used during the virtual ceremony. The photograph will be taken for you free of charge. Copies will be offered to you at a nominal price after the virtual ceremony. You can review your photo at Additionally, please write down your favorite quote and bring it with you when you come on campus to take your photo. Your quote will be presented along with your photograph during the virtual commencement ceremony.

Anyone planning to participate in the Virtual Commencement Ceremony MUST order a cap and gown online by 11:59 p.m. June 14, 2020*, at Your cap and gown and diploma cover will be shipped directly to your home.  The cost of your cap and gown is $26.  Payment is due at the time of order.

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. Additionally, you must schedule a time to take your photograph. To schedule a time, please email by June 22, 2020, with your name and student ID number. Times will be set at appropriate intervals. Appointment times will be scheduled on a first come first serve basis.

If you choose not to have a professional photograph taken on campus, you will need to upload your own cap & gown photograph along with your favorite quote. Please take your best headshot of yourself in your cap and gown and upload it to A step by step guide on how to upload your photo is available here – Photo Upload Instructions. If you take our free professional photograph, you do not need to upload your own photo. We will do that for you. We want your virtual commencement ceremony to be a pleasant, meaningful experience. Please review the following helpful information to ensure that your commencement is a success!

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. Congratulations on your achievement! For information related to the Virtual Commencement Ceremony, we will hold a Q & A session on Wednesday, June 16th, from 11 AM to 12 PM.


Tenial Whitted

Director of Registration & Records

Important Dates

June 16th 11:00 a.m. Virtual Commencement Q & A
June 14th 11:59 p.m. Cap and Gown ordering deadline date
June 22nd 4:00 p.m. Deadline to schedule on-site graduation photograph
June 24th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00p.m. *On-Site Grad Photos – You MUST schedule a time if you do not have a scheduled time your photograph will not be taken. A mask must be worn on campus or we cannot allow you to enter the building
June 28th 11:59 p.m. Photograph Upload Deadline Date – If you took a professional photograph on campus, you do not need to upload a photo.
July 26th 1:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony on Facebook at

Things to Note

  • Last day to order a cap and gown for participation in the ceremony is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 14th. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Last day to upload a photo in your cap and gown for the virtual ceremony is 11: 59 p.m. Sunday, June 28. 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

2020 Virtual Commencement Photo Upload Instructions