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Commencement Ceremony Information


Student at graduation

The Daytona State College

FALL 2020 - SUMMER 2021

Commencement Ceremony

will be held at the Ocean Center on May 19, 2021


Ocean Center 101 N. Atlantic Avenue Daytona Beach, FL 32118 

May 19, 2021 Commencement Ceremony Dates and Times:

Former graduates: Join us on May 19, 2021 at our 6:30PM ceremony. (Graduates need to be at the Ocean Center by 5:00 p.m.). - Invite

Current Fall 2020 graduates and Spring/Summer 2021 candidates, see your ceremony times below for May 19, 2021:

  • Associate of Science, Certificates, and Adult Education – 9:30AM. (Graduates need to be at the Ocean Center by 8:15 a.m.) - Invite
  • Associate of Arts – 2PM. (Graduates need to be at the Ocean Center by 12:30 p.m.) - Invite
  • Bachelors – 6:30PM. (Graduates need to be at the Ocean Center by 5:00 p.m.) - Invite

Daytona State College confers degrees at the end of each full semester of spring, summer and fall for those that submitted an Intent to Graduate application. The Commencement Ceremony is later held at the end of our Spring term (May). This year’s ceremony will include graduates from both the previous academic year and candidates for the current Spring and Summer 2021 semesters. 

To be able to participate in this year’s ceremony:
  1. Students must reserve tickets on their student portal by March 22nd to participate in the ceremony and to have their name included in the Commencement Booklet. Students who miss this deadline can still reserve tickets until April 9th to walk in the ceremony however their name will not be published in booklet. See How-To Guide for how to reserve tickets.
    • Please note, only students that have recently graduated (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020) or who submitted a graduation application (for Spring 2021, Summer 2021) will have access to reserve tickets to this year's ceremony and receive their commencement packet.
  2. After you have reserved tickets, you can pick up your commencement packet between April 12th-May 10th on the Daytona Beach Campus, in the Records Office, Bldg.100/Rm.208. The commencement packet includes your Name Card, reserved tickets, student parking pass, and Commencement Instruction Letter. 
    • You must bring your Name Card and DSC cap & gown with you to the Ocean Center to gain entry, along with your face mask. You will be turned away if you do not have these items with you.
    • Due to health and safety requirements, all graduates and guests must wear a face mask and abide by social distancing guidelines in order to attend the ceremony. There are no exceptions.
    • The DSC cap and gown must be purchased prior to the ceremony and brought with you to enter the Ocean Center facility, along with your Name Card and face mask. Cap and gowns will be made available for purchase starting in the month of April, when you pick up your packet. Please view your Commencement Instruction Letter that is in your packet for details in regards to when and where to purchase a DSC cap and gown, the time you must arrive, where to park, and other such important information.
    • Guest Tickets: up to 2 tickets, per student. Guests must have their tickets and face mask to gain entry. No additional tickets will be made available therefore the college will live stream the ceremony on YouTube for additional family and friends to watch in the privacy of their own home. 


How to have your name published in the DSC 2021 Commencement Booklet:
  • Apply for graduation prior to March 22, 2021.
  • The deadline to apply for graduation and to guarantee that your name is included in the commencement booklet is March 22, 2021. If you missed the commencement priority deadline to apply for graduation, we cannot guarantee that your name will be listed under any Commencement publications. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for each commencement booklet priority deadline.


The Commencement Ceremony will take approximately two hours and graduates are expected to remain in the auditorium until it is over. Please do not disrupt other graduates who are being recognized for their accomplishments by leaving.

Daytona State uses a student's combined cumulative GPA when they apply for graduation 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. For the published commencement booklet, only the student's cumulative GPA from the previous fall semester is used to illustrate Honors or High Honors status. 


Contact Us

If you have any questions, you may email our Graduation Office through your FalconMail account at Please include your student ID# or last four digits of your SS number in all correspondence. All communication via email will be conducted only through your FalconMail email account.

*If you are having a serious financial hardship that is preventing you from paying graduation fees by the priority deadline, please contact so we can direct you on how to apply for a graduation fee waiver. 

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 - Gonfalons

image of the Gonfalons displayed during Commencement ceremonies, May 2018

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 four colleges of Daytona State:

  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business, Engineering & Technology
  • Health & Public Services
  • Workforce, Continuing & Adult Education

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



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