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Graduation Information

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The Commencement Instruction Letter and announcements below are for the 2015 ceremony. Please do not refer to those if you are graduating in fall 2015 or spring or summer 2016, as the dates and times may change for the upcoming ceremony.


May 18, 2015 Daytona State College Commencement Ceremony Information

Plan for the Appropriate Ceremony

-  A.A and Bachelors at 2 p.m.

- A.S, A.A.S, Certificates and Adult Education at 6:30 p.m. 

Daytona State College confers degrees at the end of each full semester of Spring, Summer and Fall. The commencement ceremony is held at the end of our Spring term (May), and includes all graduates from the previous Fall semester, and current candidates for Spring and upcoming Summer semesters. The commencement ceremony for our college students is held at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.

May 18, 2015 Commencement Instruction Letter

2015 Commencement Instruction Letter

The Commencement Ceremony will take approximately 2 hours. Please allow yourself that time as we encourage all participants to stay until the ceremony’s entirety.

May 18, 2015 Commencement Announcements To Print Out

Click on appropriate ceremony to download announcements

2 p.m. Ceremony (A.A and Bachelors)

6:30 pm Ceremony (A.S, A.A.S, Certificates and Adult Education)

*Daytona State uses students cumulative GPA to determine Honors or High Honors status. If a graduating student’s GPA changes after final grades are in, resulting in the student receiving Honors or High Honors status, this will be recognized on the student’s diploma and final transcript, but will not be changed for the ceremony

Important Information

Candidates submitting graduation applications past the priority deadlines cannot be guaranteed that their names will be listed under any graduation/Commencement publications.


Contact Us

If you have any questions, you can email our graduation office at: Please include your student ID or last four digits of your SS number in all correspondence. All communication via email will be conducted through your Falcon mail account.

*If you are having a financial hardship that is preventing you from attending the graduation ceremony or purchasing your cap and gown, please contact

Ceremony Traditions

Academic Mace

Created in 2001 by faculty and students in the Daytona State College Industrial Technologies, Training and Apprenticeships Division, the Academic Mace is made of cherry wood, brass, and stainless steel and is topped with an alum replica of the Presidential Medallion for Teaching Excellence.

The first dated record of the academic mace goes back to 1385 at the University of Vienna. The academic mace is traditionally carried in procession and mounted on stage whenever degrees are granted or when the faculty is assembled in formal dress.

Processional Banners


The gonfalon, a banner that hangs from a crosspiece or frame, originated in medieval Italy as a mark of state or office. Gonfalons have been adopted in many universities and colleges around the world as official insignias, often used to identify and lead academic units within the institution in celebratory procession.

The gonfalons represent the six colleges of Daytona State:

  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Health & Public Services
  • Technology
  • Workforce & Continuing Education

Our tradition began in 2013 with faculty marshals carrying the gonfalons during the academic procession.



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Last updated: 2015-09-23T15:45:58.285Z