Frequently Asked Questions
Spring commencement ceremonies will be held on Friday, May 12, 2023 in the Texan Dome according to major at 9:30am and 1:00pm.
Fall commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, December 15, 2023 in the Texan Dome at 10:30am.
Commencement is a ceremony that honors students who just have or will soon graduate. Participating in Commencement does not automatically mean that a student has graduated. Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements as recorded at the office of the Registrar.
Students are not required to complete an application for graduation. Students eligible for graduation will receive a notification email to their SPC student email account inviting them to complete the graduation information form. This form will let students update how they would like their name on their diploma, mailing address, and whether they would like to participate in our commencement ceremonies. Students should receive this email by each term's census date. If you do not receive an email inviting you to complete this form and believe you are eligible for a degree or certificate, please contact email@example.com or 806-716-2572.
Yes! You must select to participate in the ceremony through your graduation information form. If you plan to participate in the ceremony, this form will also provide you with the link to order your cap and gown. Changes to the name printed on diplomas and certificates will not be accepted after the deadline. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (806) 716-2572.
Our Spring Commencement is split up into two separate ceremonies with one being held at 9:30am and the other at 1:00pm. They are split up according by major but are determined every year based on the total amount of students participating in the ceremonies. Exact times for majors are not determined until after the deadline has passed and students are notified in April on which ceremony they will be attending.
Step 1: Log in to Texan Connect.
Step 2: Open up your Graduation Overview.
Step 3: Find the major you would like to be evaluated for under Program of Study.
Step 4: Under Application Status, select to Apply or edit your Submitted application.
If you do not see your major listed, please contact us at email@example.com or (806) 716-2572.
Yes! The deadline to complete the graduation information form for the Spring Ceremony is March 10 and October 10 for the Fall Ceremony.
Diplomas, certificates, and occupational skills awards are not distributed to graduates at the ceremony. They are mailed out approximately four to six weeks after all final grades have been posted and Instructional Deans have approved degree requirements. An incorrect address could delay receiving your diploma by 2 to 3 weeks from the original mail date. Please note that completing an Information Change form will not change your name or address for graduation. You must either edit your graduation information form before the deadline or contact the Graduation Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or (806) 716-2572 to change your address for graduation purposes.
Choose the Attend Commencement button on the graduation information form, and a link will become available for you to place your order. There is no fee for cap and gowns.
Students that choose to pay for shipping and have their cap and gown sent to their home address will receive them 1-2 weeks before the commencement ceremony. Students that choose to pick up their caps and gowns at a campus will be able to pick them up the week before the commencement ceremony. They may be picked up at the following locations:
- Levelland Campus - Admissions and Records Office in the Student Services Building
- Reese Center - Building 8
- Lubbock Career and Technical Center - Student Support Center at the Main Entrance
- Lubbock Downtown Center - Student Support Center
- Plainview Center - Main Office
An email with the exact date and location of your pickup will be sent during the last week of April for the Spring Ceremony and the last week of November for the Fall Ceremony.
It is important to try on your cap and gown prior to the day of the ceremony. If your cap and gown does not fit, please contact the office of Admissions & Records to see about exchanging for a different size.
Graduates should arrive dressed in their regalia and wear nice attire under their robes with appropriate shoes. You may be standing for long periods of time and navigating staircases; please wear comfortable shoes.
SPC does not allow caps to be decorated and only SPC approved specialty cords, stoles, or medals will be allowed to be worn as listed below:
- Academic Honor Graduates-medals distributed by the Admissions & Records office
- Veterans-red, white, and blue cords distributed by the Admissions & Records office
- Phi Theta Kappa-gold stole and/or gold cord as purchased by student
- Honor Program Graduates-medallion distributed by Honor Program Coordinator
- Dual Credit Graduate-stole distributed by the Dual Credit office
- STAR Center-red cords distributed by the STAR Center staff
Graduates should arrive no later than 45 minutes before their ceremony time. This will allow them time to check-in, get in formation, and be escorted to the Dome floor.
There is no rehearsal for the commencement ceremony. There will be staff lined up and signs to direct you on where to go.
Seating is on a first come first serve basis and doors will open 1 hour before the ceremony begins.
The Texan Dome is located on the Levelland Campus at 1401 S. College Ave. Levelland, TX 79336. You can access a map of the campus here.
Yes! Ceremonies will be live-streamed at South Plains College. If you are interested in a digital copy of the ceremony, please contact Mr. Billy Alonzo at email@example.com for ordering information.
Yes! GradImages is the official commencement photographer. Graduates will be photographed and proofs will be sent to each graduate the weeks after the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase. If you have any questions, please contact GradImages directly via their website.
We want all guests to be able to attend the ceremony to celebrate their graduate's achievements. The Texan Dome has wheelchair accessible areas that will be at the top of the stairs and marked by signs for those that need them. If further accommodations are needed, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may also contact Dawn Valles or Kassidy Greaves.