Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Graduation and Commencement are listed below. Remember to check the graduation website for updates.


Graduation and Commencement FAQs

Graduation is confirmation you have met all degree requirements. Commencement is an annual ceremony for students who have or are expected to graduate in the current or next semester.

Students planning to graduate should follow the Applying for Graduation steps as outlined on the graduation website. 

No, there is no fee or cost to graduate.

Intent to Graduate applications are due on the following dates:

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

More steps to graduate information is outlined on the graduation website.

Southwest holds one commencement exercise each academic year following the spring semester.

There is no commencement rehearsal.

The commencement estimated time is approximately 2.5 hours.

The 2021 commencement ceremony at The Liberty Bowl May 1 is limited to 8 guests per graduate due to safety protocols associated with the pandemic. Guests must have a ticket to gain entry into the ceremony.

If you have applied for graduation and are eligible to participate in the ceremony, you will receive an email with instructions from If you have any questions related to your cap and gown, please email 

Unfortunately, you will miss the upcoming commencement.  

Diplomas will be available approximately six (6) weeks after grades have been finalized.

For current students, please check your My.Southwest email account for information regarding graduation and/or commencement. 

Those students who graduated last summer or fall should refer to their personal email account that is on file in the Southwest Records Office. 

An official transcript with the student's degree credential is the only legal document. The diploma is a wall display for decorative or ceremonial purposes. Click here for more information about requesting your transcript. 


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