by:JENNY GARZA/Online Editor
The deadline for spring graduation is approaching fast.
Students who are planning on graduating in the spring and summer must submit a graduation application by March 9.
To be eligible, candidates for graduation must complete all degree requirements by May 2016 or August 2016.
They need to complete all needed classes for their degree and have at least a 2.00 GPA.
“They will need to meet with their program advisor to verify that their degree is complete,” said Robin L. Coler, graduation clerk
Students can find a free graduation application online on their MySPC account.
“If they are needing help with it, they can always contact me,” says Coler. “But really their first step should be to contact the Advising Center or their own advisor, to make sure they are ready to graduate.”
These students also will be able to choose to participate in the graduation ceremony, which will take place on May 13 at Texan Dome.
Last year, SPC awarded 1,455 degrees, with 582 students participating in the graduation ceremony. This graduation will include the summer and spring graduates, but those who graduated in the fall can also participate as well. This graduation will have students from all of the different SPC campuses, including the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center, Plainview, and Reese Center.
Students with a last name starting with A-L will graduate during the morning ceremony that begins at 9:30 a.m. Students with a last name beginning with M-Z will graduate during the ceremony that begins at 1 p.m.
According to Coler, even if a student is applying to graduate with an associate’s degree, If his or her degree has certificates,he or she will need to apply for each certificate so that it will also be awarded. If they do not, SPC will not award them. Programs such as Autobody and Automotive pertain to this.
After the application is completed, it will then be sent to be reviewed by the instructional deans. This will not happen until the semester is over and grades have been posted, according to Coler.
“It’s a great opportunity, and it’s a great accomplishment, with your family and friends there to support you,”says Coler. “It’s a great milestone for everybody, and we’re all there to support you getting it.”