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Graduation is, perhaps, the most memorable and happy occasion for Shelton State Community College. We are honored to recognize those who have completed a program of study and who have earned a certificate or degree. Graduation is the culmination of a student’s time at Shelton State, but it also marks the beginning of that student’s next steps toward greater goals in the world of work or higher education.

 

Spring 2018 Graduation

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Martin Campus Gymnasium

Applying for Graduation

Students eligible for graduation must complete a graduation application. Click here to download a graduation application. Applications may be mailed, faxed, or submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records on the Martin Campus. Applications must be submitted by Monday, April 16, 2018, in order to have it processed and your name listed in the graduation program. Applications will still be accepted after Monday, April 16, 2018, and you can participate in the ceremony; however, your name is not guaranteed to be listed in the graduation program.

Cost of Diploma and Cover

If you wish to purchase a diploma, the cost is $25.00 and must be paid in the Cashier’s Office on the Martin Campus. Once paid, submit the receipt to Sharon Chastine in the Dean of Student Services Suite or by email to schastine@sheltonstate.edu. The $25.00 payment is non-refundable. An official transcript with your graduation date is also available for no charge and can be requested online in myShelton after graduation.

Cap and Gown, Invitation Information

Caps and gowns do not have to be pre-ordered. If special sizes are needed such as small or extra large, make your purchase early before the supply gets low. For more information contact the Bookstore at 205.391.2222. Early purchases are encouraged to ensure enough time to place a re-order if needed. Caps and gowns may not be embellished. This includes cap decorations of any kind.

Gown, Cap and Tassel: $36.00 (price is subject to change)
Gown only: $22.00 (price is subject to change)
Cap only: $7.00 (price is subject to change) Extra tassels: $6.00 (price is subject to change)

 

Phi Theta Kappa (Honor Society) Graduates
Members of Phi Theta Kappa are welcome to wear regalia (honor cords, stole, and/or tassel) in the graduation ceremony. Honor cords, stole, and/or tassel can be purchased at the PTK store at www.ptk.org. The wearing of Key Medallions is reserved for chapter officers. For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Windham, Office 1753 on the Martin Campus, or call 205.391.2469.

Accommodations
Graduates who need to request special accommodations for the ceremony should contact the Dean of Student Services at 205.391.5878.

Practice
Graduation practice is 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, in the Martin Campus Gymnasium. Graduates are encouraged to attend.

Parking
Parking is available at the West Entrance. The ceremony will be held in the Martin Campus Gymnasium.

Arrival

  • Graduates are required to be dressed in cap and gown and check in at the table near the Wellness Center one hour prior to the ceremony. Signs will be posted.
  • Go to the check-in table to receive and verify your name card. Graduates will  hand the name card to the announcer as they go on stage.
  • Graduates will line up by degrees, certificates, short-term certificates.  Graduates will then line up alphabetically by program of study.

Appropriate Attire

  • Ladies:   Please wear a dress (preferably without a collar) that does not show below the robe. Hosiery and dark, comfortable shoes are recommended. Jewelry should be kept to a minimum.
  • Men:  Wear dress slacks, dress shirt, tie, and dress shoes.
  • Caps and gowns may not be embellished.  This includes cap decorations of any kind.

Note: Press graduation gowns with cool iron.

Positioning the Graduation Attire

  • Position the cap so the top is flat. The cap should not be set on the back of the head. The front of the cap point should be approximately one inch above the eyebrows. Please secure with a bobby pin.
  • Place the tassel on the right side during the ceremony. Graduates will be told when to move the tassel to the left.

Proper Stage Etiquette

  • When walking toward the stage to receive the diploma, hand the name card to the announcer. Your name will be read as it has been printed on the card.
  • Extend your right hand to shake hands with the person handing you the diploma and receive the diploma with your left hand. Smile, say thank you, and continue across the stage.

Event Etiquette
The Commencement Ceremony is a time of great honor and dignity and a special occasion for our graduates and their family members. We ask that you refrain from talking, cheering, excessive movement, and using electronic devices during the ceremony.  Balloons and gift items for graduates are not allowed in the ceremony venue.

Photography and Video

Photography and video are allowed during the ceremony.

Shelton State offers an online Photo Store where you may purchase photographs and other merchandise. Please allow up to 3 weeks after the date of the event for photos to become available.

Conclusion of Ceremony
During the exiting processional after the Commencement Ceremony has concluded, staff members will be collecting diploma covers.  It will be mailed with the diploma if you purchase one.  Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Cap and Gown

To order a cap, gown, tassel, or hood, fill out the order form and return to the bookstore. The prices for rentals are:

Bachelor Unit (cap, gown, and tassel) $28.00
Bachelor Hood $27.00
Master Unit $31.00
Master Hood $28.00
Doctor Unit $35.00
Doctor Hood $32.00

Practice

Graduation practice is 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 3, in the Martin Campus Gymnasium. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Arrival

Faculty/staff participants should be dressed in cap and gown and be lined up at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Volunteer Opportunities

Faculty and staff who would like to assist with the graduation ceremony should contact Sharon Chastine at 205.391.2309, or schastine@sheltonstate.edu.

Parking

Parking is available at the West Entrance. The ceremony will be held in the Martin Campus Gymnasium. For disability parking, your state-issued disability placard must be prominently displayed inside your vehicle.

Seating

Seating will be available on a first come first serve basis due to limited capacity.

Event Etiquette

The Commencement Ceremony is a time of great honor and dignity and a special occasion for our graduates and their family members. We ask that you refrain from talking, cheering, excessive movement, and using electronic devices during the ceremony. Balloons and gift items for graduates are not allowed in the ceremony venue.

Photography and Video

Photography and video are allowed during the ceremony.

Shelton State offers an online Photo Store where you may purchase photographs and other merchandise. Please allow up to 3 weeks after the date of the event for photos to become available.

Conclusion of Ceremony

At the conclusion of the ceremony, family and friends can meet their graduate in the atrium.

Honors Convocation is one of the most noteworthy and meaningful events at Shelton State Community College.  It is a celebration of excellence among the students and it is the occasion when faculty and staff come together publicly to recognize and applaud outstanding achievement.   In addition to recognizing student excellence, Honors Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the contributions of faculty, staff, parents, and friends who, often, have created a partnership that provides the support that makes success possible.

 

Honors Convocation is held at the end of the spring semester each year.

 

Honors Convocation 2018 will be held on Friday, May 4, at 8:30 a.m. in the Martin Campus Gymnasium.  Information about Honors Convocation will be sent to a student’s myShelton email.

Date:  Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time:  4:00 p.m.
Location:  Martin Campus Gymnasium

Graduation Cost

No fee will be charged for participating in the graduation ceremony and you will receive a certificate and five graduation announcements. Guests will not need an announcement in order to attend the ceremony.

Cap and Gown Information

You will be responsible for purchasing your own cap, gown, and tassel (cap, gown, and tassel are black) from the Follett bookstore on the SSCC Martin campus at a cost of $36.00 (price is subject to change). You will be notified of availability of items, location for pick-up, and methods of payment.

Graduation Registration

You will need to register to participate in the ceremony by visiting the Adult Education office in Building 200 on the C.A. Fredd campus, 3401 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 any time before TBA. For those awaiting April/May GED scores, registration will be allowed through May 4, provided you have purchased your cap, gown, and tassel and have proof of passing scores from the GED Testing Center, though your name will not appear in the graduation program. Register during the following hours: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

GRADUATION INFORMATION

Rehearsal
Graduation rehearsal will be held an hour prior to the ceremony. Graduates should arrive at the Martin Campus Gymnasium to check in and line up for rehearsal. The rehearsal (practice processional) will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m.; therefore, graduates will need to check in and line up at TBA. During the rehearsal, we will cover all instructions for the ceremony, including line-up, entry, walk across stage, and exit. Seats will also be assigned, and honor graduates will be announced.

Parking
Parking is available at the West Entrance. The ceremony will be held in the Martin Campus Gymnasium.

Arrival

  • Graduates are required to be dressed in cap and gown and lined up in the hallway beside the theatre one hour prior to the ceremony. Signs will be posted and adult education faculty/staff will be at the theatre entrance to guide you to the hallway. Signs will be posted and adult education faculty/staff will be at the gymnasium entrance to guide you to the hallway.
  • Stop by the check-in table in the classroom near the hallway to receive and verify your name card. This is what you will hand to the announcer as you are about to go on stage.
  • Graduates will line up alphabetically.

Appropriate Attire
The graduation gowns are black. Please wear the following:

  • Women:   Cap and gown, dark dress, dark dress shoes
  • Men:  Cap and gown, shirt with collar, dark tie, dark slacks, and dark socks/shoes
  • Caps and gowns may not be embellished.  This includes cap decorations of any kind.
Note:  Press graduation gowns with cool iron.

Positioning the Graduation Attire

  • Position the cap so the top is flat. It should not be set on the back of the head. The front point should be approximately one inch above the eyebrows. Please secure with a bobby pin.
  • Place the tassel on the right side during the ceremony. You will be told when to move the tassel to the left.

Proper Stage Etiquette

  • When walking across the stage to receive the diploma, hand the name card to the announcer. Your name will be read as it has been printed on the card.
  • Extend your right hand to shake hands with the person handing you the diploma and receive the diploma with your left hand. Smile, say thank you, and continue across the stage.

Event Etiquette

  • The commencement ceremony is a time of great honor and dignity and a special occasion for our graduates and their family members. We ask that you refrain from talking, cheering, excessive movement, and using electronic devices during the ceremony.
  • Please remind guests that the gymnasium will not be open to the general public until 3:30 due to rehearsal. Guests should be seated prior to 3:45 p.m. as the ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00.
  • Balloons and gift items for graduates are not allowed in the ceremony venue.

Photography and Video
Photography and video photography are allowed during the ceremony.

Shelton State offers an online Photo Store where you may purchase photographs and other merchandise. Please allow up to 3 weeks after the date of the event for photos to become available.

Conclusion of Ceremony
During the ceremony, you will receive a certificate cover, but not your actual certificate. At the conclusion of the ceremony, please return to the area where you checked in to receive your certificate.

Date: December 14, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Martin Campus Gymnasium

Participation in the Pinning Ceremony

HIT students who complete the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Health Information Technology and the Certificate program in Medical Coding have the option of participating in a pinning ceremony. The pinning ceremony is a symbolic event serving as a transitional step signaling the end of the training period as a student and the beginning of a career as a professional. Each graduating student will be awarded the SSCC-designated Health Information Technology pin for their hard work and dedication. The ceremony is held at the end of the fall semester each year and will be under the auspices of Shelton State Community College and thus under the general control of the HIT Program administration and faculty.

Health Information Pin Information

The HIT graduate pin is a circular-shape pin; it is custom-designed for graduates of the Shelton State HIT Program. The pin includes two special words specific to students’ journey in the program:

Dedication– The quality of being committed to a task or purpose. HIT Professionals are committed to protecting the privacy and security of patient health information. This dedication must extend to creating efficiencies and to the extent possible eliminating fraud and abuse in the healthcare system. HIT professionals become a part of a complex system that must serve all patients with excellence and dignity.

Excellence– The state, quality, or condition of excelling; superiority. Excellence is about contributing our best to the world while evoking others to do the same. It is about understanding our place and making our mark in the world, as we attempt to make it a better place. Excellence is about contribution and honoring others as we move forward towards our vision. Excellence lies in the hearts of all who evoke it in others by mentoring, supporting, exemplifying, and giving back.

These two words explain what it takes to be successful, not only in the HIT Program, but also in life.

Graduates are expected to purchase a pin to participate in the ceremony and to wear their pins as part of their uniform wherever employed. For more information about purchase of the pin contact the HIT office at 205.391.2641.

Pins: $7.00 (Price is subject to change.)

Practice

Pinning Ceremony practice is conducted by the Health Information Technology faculty and staff and graduates will be notified of the practice time. Graduates are asked to attend practice in order to make the ceremony proceed smoothly.

Parking

Parking is available at the West Entrance for the December Pinning Ceremony held in the Martin Campus Gymnasium.

Arrival

Participants are to line up in the designated hallway near the Martin Campus Gymnasium thirty minutes prior to the ceremony.

Appropriate Attire

  • Graduates are required to wear black pants, white top with a collar and black shoes.
  • Shoulder length or longer hair must be pulled back and pinned up away from the face. Minimal jewelry and makeup should be worn.
    Note: Attire must be clean, neat, pressed, and well-fitted.
  • Faculty, staff and attendees suggested attire is dressy casual.

Arrival and Event Procedures

Health Information Technology graduates are expected to arrive at the selected pinning ceremony location in their appropriate attire approximately thirty minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. The ceremony begins with a processional of the stage guests, Health Information Technology faculty and staff, and Health Information Technology graduates. Everyone is asked to stand for the processional. The ceremony will consist of a general welcome, introduction of faculty and staff, pinning of the graduates, presentation of awards, and a recessional of the graduates.

Proper Stage Etiquette

  • When the announcer reads the graduate’s name, the graduate will walk to the front of the stage to be pinned.
  • The graduate will hand the pin to the instructor and stand with one shoulder facing the audience to be pinned. Smile, say thank you, and proceed to the designated place until all graduates are pinned.

Photography and Video

Photography and video are allowed during the ceremony.

Shelton State offers an online Photo Store where you may purchase photographs and other merchandise. Please allow up to 3 weeks after the date of the event for photos to become available.

Event Etiquette
The Health Information Technology Pinning Ceremony is a time of great honor and dignity and a special occasion for our graduates and their family members. We ask that you refrain from talking, cheering, excessive movement, and using electronic devices during the ceremony.  Balloons and gift items for graduates are not allowed in the ceremony venue.

Conclusion of Ceremony
At the conclusion of the ceremony, staff members will direct family and friends to the reception area.

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Time:  6:00 p.m.
Location: Martin Campus Gymnasium

Participation in the Pinning Ceremony

Nursing students who complete the Associate Degree, Practical Nursing, and Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide programs have the option of participating in a pinning ceremony. The pinning ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition. It signifies the new graduate’s official initiation into the nursing profession. The ceremony is rich with symbolism; and the history of this rite of passage can be traced back to the Crusades of the 12th century. The ceremony is held at the end of each semester and will be under the auspices of Shelton State Community College and thus under the general control of the nursing administration and faculty.

Nursing Pin and Lamp Information

The pin the nursing student receives is custom designed for students in each Shelton State Nursing Program. The Associate Degree Nursing students receive a circular shaped pin, the Practical Nursing students a diamond shaped pin, and the Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide student receive a circular shaped pin. The nursing pin represents the completed education as well as a commitment to service and caregiving. Graduates are expected to purchase a pin to participate in the ceremony.
Graduates are also expected to wear their pins as part of their uniform wherever employed.

In the nursing profession, the lamp holds a special, symbolic tribute to Florence Nightingale. With only a lamp to light her way during the Crimean War, Ms. Nightingale spent endless hours tending the wounded soldiers. As a tribute to Ms. Nightingale’s dedication the lighting of the lamp is part of the ceremony. The graduates are expected to purchase a lamp. The pin and lamp have to be pre-ordered through the nursing programs office, approximate costs are listed below. For more information contact the nursing office at 205.391.2445.

Pins: ADN – $50.00 (price is subject to change)
PN – $25.00 (price is subject to change)
NA/HHA – $25.00 (price is subject to change)
Lamp: $6.00 (price is subject to change)

Practice

Pinning Ceremony practice is conducted by the nursing programs faculty and staff. Graduates will be notified of time related to class schedules.  Graduates are asked to attend to help make the ceremony proceed smoothly.

Parking

Parking is available at the West Entrance for the August and December Pinning Ceremony held in the Gymnasium. Parking is available at the West Entrance for the May Pinning Ceremony held in the Martin Campus Gymnasium.

Arrival
Graduates are required to be dressed in white uniform (pants and top or dress) and lined up in the designated hallway near the Gymnasium thirty minutes prior to the ceremony.

Appropriate Attire

  • Participants/Nursing Graduates: White uniform (pants and top or dress), white socks or hose, and white closed toed leather shoes. Hair that is shoulder length or longer must be pulled back and pinned up away from the face. Minimal jewelry and makeup should be worn.
  • Faculty/staff participants should be dressed in dressy casual attire.

Note: Uniforms must be clean, neat, pressed, and well fitted.

Arrival and Event Procedures

Nursing graduates are expected to arrive at the selected pinning ceremony location in their white uniforms approximately thirty minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. The ceremony begins with a processional of the stage guests, nursing faculty and staff, and nursing graduates. Attendees or audience are asked to stand for the processional. The ceremony will consist of a general welcome, introduction of faculty and staff, pinning of the graduates, lighting of the lamps, nursing and alumni pledges, and a recessional of the graduates.  A small reception is provided prior to or at the end of the ceremony.

Proper Stage Etiquette

  • When the announcer reads the graduate’s name, the graduate will walk to the front of the stage to be pinned.
  • The graduate will hand the pin to the instructor and stand with one shoulder facing the audience to be pinned. Smile and say thank you, continue across the stage to receive a lamp, and proceed to the designated place until all graduates are pinned.
  • After all graduates have been pinned, the designated instructor will invite graduates to the front of the stage or designated place for the lighting of the lamp.
  • The designated instructor will offer the flame to two graduates who will then offer it to a fellow graduate until all are lighted.
  • At the conclusion of the lighting ceremony, graduates will return to their seats for the remainder of the ceremony.

Photography and Video
Photography and video are allowed during the ceremony.

Shelton State offers an online Photo Store where you may purchase photographs and other merchandise. Please allow up to 3 weeks after the date of the event for photos to become available.

Event Etiquette
The Nursing Pinning Ceremony is a time of great honor and dignity and a special occasion for our graduates and their family members. We ask that you refrain from talking, cheering, excessive movement, and using electronic devices during the ceremony.  Balloons and gift items for graduates are not allowed in the ceremony venue.

Conclusion of Ceremony
During the exiting processional after the Pinning Ceremony has concluded, staff members will direct family and friends to the reception area.

Date: December 14, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Martin Campus Gymnasium

Participation in the Pinning Ceremony

Respiratory students who complete the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Respiratory Therapy have the option of participating in a pinning ceremony. The pinning ceremony is a symbolic event serving as a transitional step signaling the end of the training period as a student and the beginning of a career as a professional. Each graduating student will be awarded the SSCC-designated respiratory therapy pin for their hard work and dedication. The ceremony is held at the end of the fall semester each year and will be under the auspices of Shelton State Community College and thus under the general control of the Respiratory Therapy Program administration and faculty.

Respiratory Therapy Pin Information

The respiratory therapy graduate pin is a circular-shape pin; it is custom-designed for graduates of the Shelton State Respiratory Therapy Program. The respiratory therapy pin includes three special words specific to students’ journey in the program:

Commitment– The state of being bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action or to another person(s. If committed, support is uncompromising and unending. Commitment drives and anchors during challenging times. Commitment enables us to maintain a high degree of perseverance. Commitment opens the door to self-mastery and excellence.

Excellence– The state, quality, or condition of excelling; superiority. Excellence is about contributing our best to the world while evoking others to do the same. It is about understanding our place and making our mark in the world, as we attempt to make it a better place. Excellence is about contribution and honoring others as we move forward towards our vision. Excellence lies in the hearts of all who evoke it in others by mentoring, supporting, exemplifying, and giving back.

Leadership– The capacity or ability to lead. A good leader is confident about his/her abilities. They have good character, honesty, and integrity. Leaders lead by example and are passionate about their work. For a leader, good is not enough; expectations should be exceeded, and the bar for themselves and those around them should be continually raised.

These three words explain what it takes to be successful, not only in the Respiratory Therapy Program, but also in life.

Graduates are expected to purchase a pin to participate in the ceremony and to wear their pins as part of their uniform wherever employed. For more information about purchase of the pin contact the respiratory therapy office at 205.391.2641.

Pins: $7.00 (Price is subject to change.)

Practice

Pinning Ceremony practice is conducted by the Respiratory Therapy Program faculty and staff and graduates will be notified of the practice time. Graduates are asked to attend practice in order to make the ceremony proceed smoothly.

Parking

Parking is available at the West Entrance for the December Pinning Ceremony held in the Martin Campus Gymnasium.

Arrival

Participants are to line up in the designated hallway near the Martin Campus Gymnasium thirty minutes prior to the ceremony.

Appropriate Attire

  • Participants/Respiratory Therapy Graduates are required to wear black pants, white tops, and laboratory coats. Shoulder length or longer hair must be pulled back and pinned up away from the face. Minimal jewelry and makeup should be worn.
    Note: Attire must be clean, neat, pressed, and well-fitted.
  • Faculty, staff and attendees suggested attire is dressy casual.

Arrival and Event Procedures

Respiratory Therapy graduates are expected to arrive at the selected pinning ceremony location in their appropriate attire approximately thirty minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. The ceremony begins with a processional of the stage guests, respiratory therapy faculty and staff, and respiratory therapy graduates. Everyone is asked to stand for the processional. The ceremony will consist of a general welcome, introduction of faculty and staff, pinning of the graduates, presentation of awards, and a recessional of the graduates.

Proper Stage Etiquette

  • When the announcer reads the graduate’s name, the graduate will walk to the front of the stage to be pinned.
  • The graduate will hand the pin to the instructor and stand with one shoulder facing the audience to be pinned. Smile, say thank-you, and proceed to the designated place until all graduates are pinned.

Photography and Video

Photography and video are allowed during the ceremony.

Shelton State offers an online Photo Store where you may purchase photographs and other merchandise. Please allow up to 3 weeks after the date of the event for photos to become available.

Event Etiquette
The Respiratory Therapy Pinning Ceremony is a time of great honor and dignity and a special occasion for our graduates and their family members. We ask that you refrain from talking, cheering, excessive movement, and using electronic devices during the ceremony.  Balloons and gift items for graduates are not allowed in the ceremony venue.

Conclusion of Ceremony
At the conclusion of the ceremony, staff members will direct family and friends to the reception area.