THE DAYTONA STATE COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE OCEAN CENTER ON MAY 15, 2017
Ocean Center 101 N. Atlantic Avenue Daytona Beach, FL 32118 ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
May 15, 2017 Commencement Ceremony Dates and Times
Associate of Arts and Bachelors degrees- 6:30 p.m. (Graduates need to be at the Ocean Center by 5 pm) - DOWNLOAD INVITATION
Associate of Science, Certificates and Adult Education- 2 p.m. (Graduates need to be at the Ocean Center by 12:30 pm) - DOWNLOAD INVITATION
Daytona State College confers degrees at the end of each full semester of spring, summer and fall. The commencement ceremony is held at the end of our Spring term (May), and includes all graduates from the previous fall semester, and current candidates for spring and upcoming summer semesters.
The Commencement Instruction Letter and a parking pass will be mailed April 10 to all fall graduates and to spring and summer applicants who apply for graduation by the priority deadline (March 22). Please update any changes to your mailing address online by April 1 in order to receive your graduation information on time.
Students who apply after the priority deadline may pick up 1 parking pass and an instruction letter on any DSC campus, beginning April 15.
The Commencement Ceremony will take approximately 2 hours and graduates are expected to remain in the auditorium until it is over. Please do not disrupt other graduates who are being recognized for their accomplishments by leaving.
Daytona State uses a student's cumulative GPA when they apply for graduation to determine Honors or High Honors status. If a graduating student’s GPA changes after final grades are in, resulting in the student receiving Honors or High Honors status, this will be recognized on the student’s diploma and final transcript, but will not be changed for the ceremony
Candidates submitting graduation applications past the priority deadline cannot be guaranteed that their names will be listed under any graduation/Commencement publications. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for each priority deadline.
If you have any questions, you may email our graduation office at: graduation@DaytonaState.edu Please include your student ID or last four digits of your SS number in all correspondence. All communication via email will be conducted through your Falcon mail account.
*If you are having a financial hardship that is preventing you from attending the graduation ceremony or purchasing your cap and gown, please contact Graduation@daytonastate.edu. Please include your student ID and the term you are graduating, and we will direct you to apply for a fee waiver.
Created in 2001 by faculty and students in the Daytona State College Industrial Technologies, Training and Apprenticeships Division, the Academic Mace is made of cherry wood, brass, and stainless steel and is topped with an alum replica of the Presidential Medallion for Teaching Excellence.
The first dated record of the academic mace goes back to 1385 at the University of Vienna. The academic mace is traditionally carried in procession and mounted on stage whenever degrees are granted or when the faculty is assembled in formal dress.
The gonfalon, a banner that hangs from a crosspiece or frame, originated in medieval Italy as a mark of state or office. Gonfalons have been adopted in many universities and colleges around the world as official insignias, often used to identify and lead academic units within the institution in celebratory procession.
The gonfalons represent the six colleges of Daytona State:
- Arts & Sciences
- Business Administration
- Health & Public Services
- Workforce & Continuing Education
Our tradition began in 2013 with faculty marshals carrying the gonfalons during the academic procession.