Graduation Information

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Twice a year (May and December), SOWELA holds a commencement ceremony to recognize the students who have completed either an Associate’s Degree or Technical Diploma during the previous summer, fall, and spring semesters.

Any money owed to the College must be paid before students can receive their diplomas and transcripts verifying graduation. Also, students who have holds on their accounts must have these cleared in order to receive diplomas and transcripts.

Students should apply for graduation no later than the following deadlines:

Graduation Application Deadlines
Semester Deadline
Spring May 1, 2020
Summer July 15, 2020
Fall December 1, 2020

To submit a graduation application, please follow the steps below.

STEP 1: Complete Degree Review with Department Chair and Apply to Graduate
Schedule an appointment with your Department Chair prior to the close of Add/Drop of your last semester at SOWELA to verify that you meet the degree requirements. Eligible candidates should then go to their LoLA account under Student/Student Records/Apply to Graduate and complete the application for graduation.

If you applied in a previous term but did not graduate, you must apply again for this term.

STEP 2: Order Cap & Gown and other Graduation Memorabilia
Caps, gowns, and memorabilia will be available for order at GradFest. Students who do not attend GradFest can obtain caps, gowns, and memorabilia through the SOWELA Bookstore located in the Sycamore Student Center.

STEP 3: Review Graduation Fast Fact Page (NOTE: This Fact Page has not been updated to reflect postponements due to COVID-19)
Make sure that you review the SOWELA Commencement Fast Fact Page (PDF).

Dates to Remember
  • Graduation Application Deadlines
    • May 1, 2020 (Spring graduates)
    • July 15, 2020 (Summer graduates)
    • December 1, 2020 (Fall graduates)

If you have any questions regarding either your candidacy for graduation or the commencement ceremony, please contact the Graduation Committee at