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Commencement Ceremony Information

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The Daytona State College Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Ocean Center on May 13, 2019

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

May 13, 2019  Commencement Ceremony Dates and Times:

  • Associate of Science, Certificates, and Adult Education - 9:30am (Graduates: Arrive at Ocean Center by 8:30am) DOWNLOAD INVITE

  • Associate of Arts - 2:00pm (Graduates: Arrive at Ocean Center by 12:45pm) DOWNLOAD INVITE

  • Bachelors - 6:30pm (Graduates: Arrive at Ocean Center by 5:30pm) DOWNLOAD INVITE

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 Instruction Letter and one parking pass will be mailed April 8 to all Fall 2018 graduates, and to Spring and Summer 2019 applicants who apply for graduation by the priority deadline (March 22) therefore students will need to update their mailing address as soon as possible in order to receive their graduation information on time. Tickets are required for family and friends to attend this event (no charge for tickets), please view your Commencement Instruction Letter for details along with other important information such as cap & gown. 

Students who miss the priority deadline, or did not update their mailing address, may pickup one parking pass, an Instruction Letter, and tickets for their guests on any DSC campus, beginning April 15 through May 3rd. However, if the student missed the priority deadline to apply for graduation, we cannot guarantee that their names will be listed under any graduation/Commencement publications. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for each 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 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. 

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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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