Students graduating in spring are evaluated approximately a week after the graduation ceremony is complete. If you need verification of your degree status, please request an official transcript through SCORE, and make sure you check the “hold for degree posting” option. Those transcripts will be sent out as soon as the evaluation process is complete for all students.

students taking a group selfie in graudtion gowns

You must have completed all requirements for graduation by the end of spring semester in order to participate in the ceremony. Maymester is not part of spring semester.

Spring diplomas will be available for pickup beginning June 15th. Please email sbeideck@highlands.edu your name, ID number, and the campus where you would like to pick-up your diploma only if you wish to pick-up your diploma up at a campus other than Floyd.  Contact that campus to make sure your diploma is there before going to pick it up. Diplomas not picked up will be mailed to the address in SCORE beginning July 15th.  Please check to make sure your address is correct by logging into your SCORE account.

There is only one commencement ceremony per year in May. Additional information regarding commencement can be found on the application link above.

If you have completed your degree in summer or fall, diplomas are mailed 4 to 6 weeks after the end of the term.  Diplomas are mailed to the address in our system. 

Names will be printed on diplomas as they are in the system. If you want a different name on your diploma, you must complete a Name Change Form with proper documentation before the end of the degree completion term.

Diploma covers are given to only those students who attend the ceremony.

There are no tickets sold for this event and no maximum number of attendees. Seating is first come, first serve.

Important: Please be aware that check-in time is one hour before the ceremony. If you are late, and arrive after line-up begins, you WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CEREMONY. It is disruptive to the ceremony and disrespectful to other students. No exceptions will be made for any reason.