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Preparing to Graduate

Commencement Exercises 

St. Louis Community College celebrates graduation once a year in May at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University. We encourage all students from each fall, spring and future summer semesters to participate. No official college records are updated simply because you attend the event.

Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University
1 South Compton Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103

No tickets are required and there is no limit on the number of guests you may invite!

Graduation Photos

GradImages is the official photographer for commencement. GradImages takes two photos of each graduate: as the student is lined up to walk on stage and as the student shakes hands on stage. All proofs will be mailed to your home a few weeks after commencement. Proofs maybe viewed online at GradImages. Pictures may be ordered online, by phone or by mail. If you have any questions, contact Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or via email at giservice@gradimages.net

Graduation Checklist

You must apply to graduate, even if you do not plan to walk at the commencement ceremony.

  • Degree Audit: Run a degree audit each term before registration.
  • Transcripts: Make sure you have submitted all transcripts by reviewing your Application Checklist.
  • Apply for Graduation: If you meet all graduation requirements, complete the Application for Graduation form with an academic advisor. Submit the application to the Enrollment Services office by the priority deadline for the semester you wish to graduate:
    • Summer Graduation - June 20
    • Fall Graduation - October 7
    • Spring Graduation - March 1

Applications received after the priority deadline will be processed, however it is possible that your name will not be printed in the graduation program.

Cap and Gown

Caps and gowns are available at any campus bookstore.

Cap, gown and tassel $20.15 plus tax
Phi Theta Kappa gold stole $22.00 plus tax
Extra tassel $2.25 plus tax
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Wear your cap and gown to the commencement exercises, as changing rooms are not available at the Chaifetz Arena. Your cap should sit on your head horizontal to the ground, not perched at an angle and the tassel hangs on the right side.

Graduation Announcements

Printed graduation announcements with envelopes are available for purchase in your campus bookstore.

Chaifetz Arena Parking & Arrival Information

Directions and Parking: Please view the Chaifetz Arena Parking and Directions directions. Ample parking is available in seven nearby lots and garages. A free shuttle service will be provided from the Olive/Compton Parking Garage. Please note, parking fees are cash only and vary by event. All lots are subject to availability based on your time of arrival.  

Arrival Information: Graduates should arrive through the VIP Entrance on the west side of the Chaifetz Arena by 6 p.m. Signs will be placed around the Arena to assist in locating the VIP Entrance. Guests can enter Chaifetz through any of the public entrances. 

Following the program, graduates will exit the arena through the south loading dock on the lower level and will walk back to the north entrance to meet friends and family.

 

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