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Graduation Questions

Graduation Questions and Answers

  1. Where do I get a graduation application?
    You can find all Graduation Applications online by clicking the hot link or at https://www.gulfcoast.edu/admissions/forms. html.     
  2. Do I still need to apply for graduation if I am not participating in the ceremony? 
    Yes, we must receive a graduation application from you in order for you to graduate.
  3. What are the deadlines to apply for graduation?
    Find out more information about graduation deadlines.
  4. Is there a fee to apply for graduation?
    No, there is no fee to apply for graduation.
  5. How do I know if my graduation application has been processed?
    It may take several days for the Graduation Specialist to process your graduation application. You can check your status by logging into Lighthouse and looking at your unofficial transcripts.
    PENDING - Your application has been approved and waiting on the end of term
    SOUGHT – Your application has been received and an email has been sent to you if you are applying for an Associate in Arts degree. If you are applying for an Associate in Science degree, certificate, Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, the email has been sent to your advisor.
  6. How do I know if I qualify for graduation?
    Meet with the Graduation Specialist if you are applying for your Associate in Arts degree. See your advisor if you are applying for your Associate in Science degree, certificate, Bachelor of Applied Science or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
  7. When will I receive my diploma?
    Paradigm, the new diploma company, will email each graduate explaining how to set-up your portal for ordering diplomas, covers, etc. The diplomas will be mailed directly to you within six-to-eight weeks from the end of your graduating term and are free. The diploma covers are a separate charge, unless you participate in the graduation ceremony. Diplomas (and covers if applicable) will be mailed to the address provided on the graduation application you submitted. 
  8. I lost my diploma, how do I get a reprint?

    • If you graduated Fall 2021 or before—you will need to fill out the   Diploma Reprint Request   form and follow the directions on the form.

    • If you graduated Spring 2022 or after—please contact Paradigm directly to order a diploma reprint, or a new cover, at your cost.

  9. When is the graduation ceremony?
    Friday, May 7th @9:00am.  

  10. If I have a hold on my account, can I still graduate?
    No, all financial obligations must be met before you can graduate.

  11. Can I graduate with a grade of "I"?
    No, you cannot have an incomplete grade. Please speak with your professor regarding any incomplete grades.
  12. Who can I talk to if I still have questions about graduation?
    If you have questions about your graduation application, please contact to the Graduation Specialist.

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