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Review of Completion Status

Students who will be “100% program complete” at the end of the term will be eligible for graduation. During the months of October (Fall), March (Spring) and July (Summer), an e-mail will be sent to eligible students informing them of their graduation status and inviting them to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Students wishing to postpone their graduation must e-mail their request to the Graduation Office after the e-mail invite. Although the degree/certificate will not be posted at this time, this does not guarantee that the student will receive financial aid. Students will need to discuss this with the Financial Aid Office to determine options. It is imperative that students take classes within their program of study.


Commencement Participation

Commencement is held twice a year, in December (Fall) and May (Spring). To be eligible to participate in the ceremony, a student’s degree audit must indicate they are 100% program complete or a potential term graduate.

Note: Summer graduates who would like to participate in the upcoming ceremony should send an e-mail request to the Graduation Office at graduation@palmbeachstate.edu.


Automatic Graduation

  • After grades are due for the term, a final review will be conducted to determine if a student has successfully met ALL graduation requirements. At that time, the degree or certificate will automatically be posted on the student's transcript.

    Recommendation: Before ordering an official transcript, students should check (via PantherWeb) their unofficial transcript to see if it shows that their degree or certificate has been awarded.

  • Earning a degree will automatically change the student’s program status to non-degree-seeking. Students who plan to pursue an additional degree or certificate must submit a Change Program of Study form through PantherWeb. Not submitting a Change of Program Study form will have an adverse impact on a student’s eligibility for financial aid.

  • Diplomas will be mailed approximately eight weeks after the end of term.


Degree or Certificate Verification

Palm Beach State College has entered into an agreement with National Student Clearinghouse for the verification of degrees and earned certificates. National Student Clearinghouse has been granted the authority to respond to these types of requests from interested third parties on Palm Beach State's behalf. Verifications require student authorization.

Palm Beach State College warrants that the results delivered by National Student Clearinghouse, acting as the College's agent, should be considered equivalent in authority to information provided directly by the College.

To begin an order at no cost to current or previous students, go to www.studentclearinghouse.org . Students must set up an account and select a unique user ID and password, which is NOT their Palm Beach State Student ID number and password.


Graduation Packets

Don't forget to pick up your Graduation Packet. The packet contains guest tickets, parking map and "Need to Know - Guide for Graduation"

Date:  Tuesday, December 19, 2017


10:00 a.m.
- Bachelor's Degree Programs
- Associate in Science Degree
- Associate in Applied Science Degree
- Certificate Programs

2:00 p.m.
- Associate in Arts Degree

There is no rehearsal prior to the ceremony. All graduates should report one hour before the start of the ceremony for preparation and final instructions.



Palm Beach County Convention Center
Exhibit Hall
650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Directions to the Palm Beach County Convention Center:

From I-95, exit at Okeechobee Boulevard exit and head east on Okeechobee Boulevard, approximately 1 mile. The Palm Beach County Convention Center is located on the south side of Okeechobee Boulevard, directly across the street from CityPlace.

From Turnpike, exit at Okeechobee Boulevard exit and head east for approximately 7 miles. The Palm Beach County Convention Center is located on the south side of Okeechobee Boulevard, directly across the street from CityPlace.

Please note that traffic approaching the Convention Center is very heavy beginning at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Please advise your guests to allow sufficient time to arrive, find parking, walk to the Exhibit Hall and be seated.

Pick up your Graduation Packet when you purchase your cap and gown at your campus bookstore from November 27 through December 19. Phi Theta Kappa members must check with their advisor well in advance of graduation to purchase additional attire.

Your Graduation Packet contains 4 tickets reserved in your name, parking pass and Guide for Graduation. Photo ID is required.

All guests, including all children (ages 2 years old and older), must have a ticket.  Tickets will not be available at the door.

Class rings may be purchased through the college bookstore on any campus. If you or any of your guests need to request disability-related accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at least one week before commencement. Please note that seating will be provided for guests using wheelchairs.



Graduates will be in full academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel).  All tassels should be worn on the right side. The standard approved academic regalia are black gown for Certificates and Associates, green gown for Bachelor's, and mortar board with tassel. In addition, the following are the approved academic regalia for Honor's societies members:

  • Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College - Medallion
  • Dental Honors Society - White stole with blue edging and lilac tassel
  • Lambda Epsilon Chi Paralegal Honor Society - Purple stole with gold Greek letters and gold edging
  • Radiography Honors Society - Gold stole with Greek burgundy letters (Lambda Nu) & Maroon tassel
  • Respiratory Honors Society - Gold pin
  • PSI Beta - Medallion
  • Phi Theta Kappa - Gold stole with blue Greek letters and gold tassel with Greek letters
  • Phi Theta Kappa (approved officers)- Medallion
  • Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society- Medallion; Forest green stole with gold/forest green cord and tassels
  • Lambda Epsilon Chi Paralegal Honor Society- Purple stole with gold edging, Greek letters and gold seal

Only the above approved academic adornments can be worn with the academic regalia for Commencement.

December 19 – Before Start of Ceremony

Arrive dressed in your cap and gown and report to Exhibit Hall B one hour before the start of the ceremony. Ask your guests to go directly into the Exhibit Hall A for seating. Guests should be seated 15 minutes before the start of the ceremony, at which time, all doors are closed to allow passage of the procession. Late arrivals will be seated after the procession has entered.

Pick up your name card at check-in. (This card will be an essential part of the degree and certificate conferral process during the ceremony.)

Your personal belongings (purses, keys, etc.) must be secured with a friend or family member.

No balloons or noisemakers are allowed in the Exhibit Hall.

Please turn off or silence cell phones for the ceremony.

Women should keep their caps on throughout the ceremony.

Men should remove their caps for the National Anthem.

As a part of the degree and certificate conferral process, you will be escorted to the platform for individual recognition. Please hand the name card you received to the announcer when you reach the platform. When you cross the platform, the president will shake your hand and hand your diploma cover to you. You may then leave the platform by the opposite stairs, have your picture taken, and return to your row and seat.

A professional photographer from GradImages will be on stage to take your picture as you greet the president and again as you exit the platform. As a courtesy to your classmates and their guests, please inform your guests to remain seated throughout the ceremony and refrain from moving about to take photographs. Guests will have ample time following the ceremony to take pictures of you.

All graduates and their guests are expected to remain in the Exhibit Hall until the entire ceremony is over. Please plan for approximately 2 1/2 hours.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, you will be dismissed from your seat in the Exhibit Hall after the platform party and the faculty have exited.

After the College has verified that all degree requirements have been met, diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on your degree application in approximately 8 weeks.

GradImages will e-mail details on the availability of your individual photographs.

Note: Once a degree has been earned, your program status will automatically change to non-degree-seeking. Students who plan to pursue an additional degree or certificate must submit a Change Program of Study form through PantherWeb. Not submitting a Change Program of Study form will have an adverse impact on a student’s eligibility for financial aid.


The information on this Web page does not certify readiness for graduation; it simply informs you of ceremony details. Students are responsible for completing all degree requirements.

If you have further questions, please contact the Graduation Office at (561) 868-3030 or e-mail graduation@palmbeachstate.edu.

Your cooperation in making the commencement ceremony meaningful will be greatly appreciated. We wish you a successful future!

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