Graduation and Commencement Information


Dear Southwest Family:
We regret to inform you that Southwest Tennessee Community College will postpone its Spring 2020 Commencement, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the FedEx Forum. In an effort to minimize the spread of infectious disease, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that no gatherings with 50 people or more take place for the next eight weeks. Therefore, to comply with CDC safety guidelines, Spring Commencement will be postponed. Alternate plans are currently being discussed and will be announced when they are finalized.

In the interim, the graduation application deadline for Spring is April 1, 2020. Please click on graduation application to submit your application online. If you are unable to submit the application online, please contact us at

We are extremely proud of all of our graduates and look forward to celebrating their esteemed accomplishments as they move onward and upward in their lives. Please stay tuned to additional details and important dates that are forthcoming about this momentous occasion.

As always, the Division of Student Affairs is here to answer any questions you may have.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Steps to Graduation

Step 1 - Applying For Graduation

Students planning to graduate should follow the steps outlined below:

  • Complete the online Application for Graduation through the My.Southwest portal.
    • Log in
    • Click on the Registration/Online Services icon
    • Click on the Graduation Application link
    • Complete the application
  • Schedule missing course requirements to be completed during the perceived final semester.
  • Schedule and complete any required graduate exit exam(s).

Application Deadline Dates

  • Summer Semester - July 1
  • Fall Semester - November 1
  • Spring Semester - April 1


You will receive notification via Southwest email and personal email of the dates for diploma pick-up. Please make sure your personal email and phone number are current in the Records Office.

If you have questions regarding the Application for Graduation, email the Records Office at

Step 2 - Testing

Step 3 - Order your Regalia

Read your email.

Step 4 - Pick up your Regalia at the Graduation [GRAD] Fair

Graduation [GRAD] Fair will be postponed. Alternate plans are currently being discussed and will be announced when they are finalized.

Step 5 - Attend the Commencement