graduation ceremony audience and stage

You did it! Congratulations!

We're so proud we got to play a role in your educational journey.

Do you want to walk across the stage to accept your diploma? We hold one graduation ceremony a year at the end of the Spring semester. This ceremony includes all students that completed their degrees any time during the academic year (Fall, Spring, and Summer).

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Important Dates & Deadlines

Fall 2021

First day to apply: August 23, 2021
Last day to apply: December 3, 2021 
Degree conferred: by December 22, 2021
Diplomas mailed: January 21, 2022
Commencement Ceremony: May 12, 2022

Spring 2022

First day to apply: January 18, 2022
Commencement book deadline: March 22, 2022*
Last day to apply: April 29, 2022
Degree conferred: by May 21, 2022
Diplomas mailed: June 3, 2022
Commencement Ceremony: May 12, 2022 

Summer 2022

First day to apply: January 18, 2022
Commencement book deadline: March 22, 2022*
Last day to apply: July 29, 2022 
Degree conferred: by August 17, 2022
Diplomas mailed: September 2, 2022
Commencement Ceremony: May 12, 2022

*You must apply on or before this date to have your name printed in the Commencement book.

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  • How do I know if I'm ready to graduate?

    Check to see if everything is marked satisfied on Enroll by My Requirements in Falcon Self-Service.

    If you're not sure, meet with an Academic Advisor or your academic program Department Chair prior to submitting your graduation application if you have any questions. 

  • How do I submit a graduation application?
    1. Check the graduation application deadline on the Academic Calendar to make sure you don't miss the window to apply. If you do miss the deadline you'll have to wait to apply next semester.
    2. Graduation application are available on the MyDaytonaState portal by logging into Falcon Self-Service in the Academics menu.
    3. The graduation fee is due during the online application process. If you'd like to pay in person or over the phone, you have to prepay with the Student Accounts office.
  • What are the graduation fees?

    You only pay for each diploma type once - additional of the same type are free. So, if you're graduating with multiple degrees at the same time, or you come back and complete an additional degree (of the same type) in another semester, you don't have to pay again! 

    Certificate (Vocational, AS certificates, etc.)
    $10 non-refundable fee

    Associate of Arts & Associate of Science (2-year degrees)
    $20 non-refundable fee

    $20 non-refundable fee

    Payments are made during the online application process or you can pre-pay through the Student Accounts office. If you have a serious financial hardship and need help paying the graduation fee, apply to be considered for fee waiver.


  • Is the GED application process different?

    Yes, GED graduates apply using the GED Ceremony Application. 

  • When will I get my diploma?

    Your diploma is mailed to the address you entered on your graduation application about 3-4 weeks after the end of the term your degree was awarded. Check the Academic Calendar for the published date. If you move, be sure to update your home address and phone number before the end of your graduating term on Falcon Self-Service.

  • How do I qualify for Honors or High Honors status?

    We use a your combined cumulative GPA when you apply for graduation to determine Honors or High Honors status. If a your GPA changes after final grades are in, resulting in receiving Honors or High Honors status, this will be recognized on your diploma and final transcript, but will not be changed for the ceremony. For the published commencement book, only the cumulative GPA from the previous fall semester is used to determine Honors or High Honors status. 

  • I'm transferring, how do I order an official transcript?

    You can order a transcript on Falcon Self-Service from the Academics menu.

Office of Records & Graduation

Contact Us
(386) 506-3876

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.