Special Notice

Winter 2020 Commencement will be held virtually due to COVID-19 related activity.

Ready to graduate?

Students should verify via a degree audit with an Academic Advisor that they have met all the requirements for their program to receive the certificate and participate in the commencement ceremony.

Commencement Ceremony

Pasco-Hernando State College's commencement ceremony is a meaningful and memorable occasion designed to honor the accomplishment of the entire graduating class. To ensure that the ceremony is formal and respectful, graduates and guests are asked to follow commencement protocol.

Important Procedural Information

Registration/Sign-in: To facilitate robing and the lineup of candidates for the processional, all graduation candidates are expected to report to the West Campus "R" Building before 9:30 a.m. for our morning graduates and before 2 p.m. for our afternoon graduates. 

  • PHSC Provosts will begin lining up graduates in the "R" building across from the Physical Fitness Center (Gymnasium) at 9:30 a.m. for morning graduates and by 2 p.m. for afternoon graduates. Please be ready at that time so you can be in your appropriate place in line.
  • Stanley Giannet, Ph.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs and Faculty Development and College Provost will address the graduates immediately prior to the processional. 

Name cards: When you arrive and check in at "R" Building, you will be given a name card to fill out. 

  • Hold onto the name card.
  • You will give your name card to the academic dean who will announce your name as you walk across the stage to receive your diploma. 

Tassels: Place your tassel on the right side of your mortarboard (cap). Note: Males, please remove your mortarboard (cap) when the men on stage remove theirs.

Processional: You will be led by the PHSC commencement marshals (senior faculty with marshal batons) to your designated seat in the Physical Fitness Center. Please follow the marshal's directions.

Standing during the processional: Once you have reached your seat, please remain standing in front of your seat, turn and face the aisle you entered as a gesture of respect to the District Board of Trustee Members, President, faculty, staff and administrators as they enter. During the ceremony, Dr. Giannet, will say, "Will the candidates please rise..." He will then ask the faculty marshals to escort the graduates to the platform. You may then be seated until your row is called. 

Move tassels: After Dr. Timothy Beard, President has conferred the certificate, diploma or degree on all students, he will say, "You may now turn your tassel." Please be seated after turning your tassel. 

Receipt of Diploma: When students are called to receive their certificate, diploma or degree, the marshals will inform each row to stand at one time. Please follow the direction of the marshals for proceeding on stage. 

Returning to your seat: Please be seated when you return to your row. The next row will then be instructed to stand and will proceed to the stage, following the direction of the marshals. 

You will recieve your diploma/certificate approximately six weeks after graduation. Be certain the College has your correct mailing address. If not, please update this important information on WISE at phsc.edu. Once in WISE, choose "user profile" to change any data. 

To accommodate guests unable to attend, the commencement ceremony will also be broadcast live by streaming video. More details can be found on the College website homepage.

Commencement Etiquette

Please review the following commencement etiquette in advance of the ceremony. By following these rules of etiquette and sharing them with your guests, commencement will be a pleasant and memorable experience for everyone. 

Dress: Gaduates and guests should dress appropriately for this time honored tradition. Unacceptable attire include: 

  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Tank tops
  • T-Shirts
  • Flip flops
  • Sneakers

Personal Items: Please keep all personal effects, i.e. purses, with you at all times. Check-in staff are not able to watch graduates' personal belongings during the ceremony. 

Noise: Excessive noise obstructs the announcement of the graduate's names, ruining the moment and slowing the ceremony. Please refrain from: 

  • Using air horns
  • Yelling
  • Catcalls
  • Whistling

Children: Children are welcome to attend the ceremony, accompanied by an adult. However, children who cry, can't remain seated quietly, or otherwise cause a disturbance, disrupt the ceremony. They, and their responsible adult, will be asked to wait outside with accompanying guests.


  • Before the ceremony processional begins - The ceremony cannot begin until all guests are seated. For safety reasons, unseated guests will be asked to clear the aisles until the commencement party has been seated.
  • During the ceremony - Please remain seated during the ceremony.  Family members and friends of all graduates deserve to enjoy the ceremony without straining to watch their graduate walk across the stage.
  • After the ceremony/closing processional - Please remain seated. Guests leaving beforehand unceremoniously trap graduates in the crowd, preventing them from participating in the departing processional with classmates. Respectively wait to leave until all graduates have exited the physical fitness center/gymnasium.