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Graduation 2023-2024 Ceremony

Graduation Date:

Friday, May 3rd, 2024


Edgewater Beach Resort Conference Center

Parking: All students and family members are required to park at The Church at the Beach @ 10620 Hutchison Blvd., Panama CIty Beach, Fl. 32407

A shuttle(Bay Way) will take students and family members to and from Edgewater. Please allow plenty of time for transportation to and from the conference center.   All students and guests are required to park at The Church at the Beach. 

Important Information

Regalia pick-up party: April 23rd 11:00 am-4:00 pm under the sails at Student Union East (Rain back-up will be SUE Cafeteria).  Students are required to pick up their own regalia. 

All graduates must wear their cap and gown to be able to participate in the commencement ceremony. 

Graduation Times:

10:00 am (all AA degrees)

2:00 pm (AS, BAS, and BSN degrees and Certifications)

* Students will be given two tickets for graduation due to limitations of the venue, if more tickets are available and email will be sent to your Gulf Coast email with instructions.

General Information:

Gulf Coast State Colleges normally holds one commencement ceremony in May of each year.  We encourage students from all semesters to participate. When you submit your graduation application, you must indicate if you wish to participate in the commencement ceremony. If you are a summer graduate and you wish to participate in the spring ceremony, you must apply for summer graduation by the spring application deadline date. See graduation deadlines.

Your participation in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee your graduation certification. You do not officially graduate until the Registrar's office certifies graduation. You will receive an email from Enrollment Services informing you of the date that your diploma will be mailed to you.  The diplomas are printed through a 3rd party.  If you receive a deficiency letter and do not complete your deficiency by the published date, you will be required to re-apply for graduation at a later term.

If you are planning on participating in the graduation ceremony, you must select that option on your graduation application no later than the designated application deadline and order your regalia. 

If you are participating in the ceremony, you will receive notifications from the Office of Student Affairs regarding information on ordering regalia and additional information specific to the ceremony after your application has been processed. 

For any other questions please refer to the Graduation Questions

Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.