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Graduation Information

  • Commencement is a special time of celebration for students, their families and SCC faculty and staff. It signifies the end of one chapter in a student’s life and the beginning of another.

    2022 Fall Commencement

    6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022
    Pinnacle Bank Arena
    Lincoln, NE

  • Caps and Gowns

    All graduates are required to wear academic caps and gowns during the ceremony. Tassels should remain on the right side of the caps until all degrees have been conferred and you are directed to move your tassel.

    Caps and gowns are ordered through the Campus Store and can be picked up in the Campus Store on your home campus

    Graduation Announcements

    Announcements are available in the Campus Store for purchase.

    Commencement Ceremony

    Commencement is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Report to the graduate check in area on the ground level beginning at 5:30 p.m. and no later than 6 p.m. Please allow adequate time for parking to ensure timely arrival.

    Pinnacle Bank Arena is a CLEAR BAG venue. ONLY CLEAR BAGS and small clutch-sized purses are allowed at entry. View the clear bag policy.

    Graduates will not be allowed to carry items into the ceremony. There is no secure room for purses, coats, etc. Please leave your personal items with friends or family.

    Graduates are required to remain at the entire ceremony, which will conclude at approximately 8 p.m.

    The SCC graduation ceremony will be live streamed.

    The ceremony will take place in person based upon Directed Health Measures in Lincoln/Lancaster County at that time. If a local DHM or another directive would prevent an in-person ceremony from being held, SCC will communicate an alternative plan.

    Family and Guests

    Family, friends, and other guests are invited and may sit in any non-reserved area, other than the main floor, which is set aside for the graduates. At this time tickets are not required to attend the graduation. If a local DHM is implemented for the city of Lincoln and Pinnacle Bank Arena, SCC will email graduates with additional information.

    Handicap seating for guests is available on the main concourse level of the Pinnacle Bank Arena. The arena drop off area is located on the south side of Pinnacle Bank Arena (R Street).

    Free parking is available in the Festival Parking Lot and in the Pinnacle Bank Arena Garage. See map and directions. Paid parking is also available in the City of Lincoln Public Parking Garages. Find information regarding lodging, dining and other attractions in the Lincoln area.


    Each graduate will receive their diploma by mail approximately one month after the end of the term assuming the following expectations have been met:

    1. All grades are submitted
      • Contact your Instructor regarding missing or incomplete grades
    2. You have no financial obligation to the college

    Diplomas will be mailed to the address you provided on your graduation application. If you have an address change please send an email to Graduation@southeast.edu by Dec. 14.


    Phi Theta Kappa members are eligible to wear stoles. Contact the PTK Advisor on your home campus by Dec. 2.

    Beatrice: Carrie Puhalla at cpuhalla@southeast.edu 402-228-8152

    Lincoln: Rachel Mason at rmason@southeast.edu 402 437-2630

    Milford: Stacey Harrifeld at sharrifeld@southeast.edu 402-761-8227

    Stoles for PTK members will not be available the day of graduation.

    Students graduating with distinction or high distinction will be provided an honor cord when they check in for the ceremony.

    Veterans and Active Military

    Graduates who are veterans or active military will receive a red, white & blue honor cord to be worn during the commencement ceremony. These cords can be picked up at graduation check in before the ceremony.

    Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

    Graduates who would like to request accommodations, please send an email to Graduation@southeast.edu by Dec. 1 or before, to allow time to establish reasonable accommodations with the venue.