Commencement Overview

How to apply for graduation

All students must meet with their Student Advisor in order to apply for graduation prior to the scheduled date set for that school term’s graduation. Access the student advisors list by clicking on the link on the left-hand side of this page. Applying for graduation is the means to obtaining your diploma. Marching in a ceremony is a public recognition of your achievement but does not confer graduation. The only way to receive your conferred diploma is to apply. You will be required to fill out to documents while meeting with your student advisor: a graduation application and a graduation checklist.

If you are unable to make it to your student advisor’s office directly but would like to submit a graduation application into SouthArk please email your student advisor or Michele Hildreth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-870-864-7127 for assistance.
Applications must be submitted no later than the deadline date listed below for the graduation you are applying for.

• October 11 for graduation in December 12, 2019, at 6 P.M.
• March 13 for graduation in May 14, 2019.
• October 9 for graduation in December 2020.

There are two marching ceremonies held at South Arkansas Community College each year, one in December and one in May. Students that graduated in either August or December may participate in the Fall ceremony. Those who graduate in May may participate in the Spring ceremony. For information on participating in a ceremony, contact Student Services at (870)-864-7195 or Academic Affairs at (870)-864-7127 for specific information. 

Requirements for Applying:

All course requirements must be completed prior to certificate/degree award. Requests for certificate/degree received from students who have not completed/passed course requirements by the end of the term for the graduation they have applied (i.e. December, May, or August) will not graduate.

All coursework must be completed by the end of the month of the Graduation applied for. For example, all coursework for May graduates must be completed prior to May 31; August 31 for August graduates and December 31 for December graduates. The actual published end date of the course, according to the SouthArk transcript is considered the official completion date. Even if a student completes requirements for the course prior to that date, the official completion date is the only one considered when applying for graduation.

Applications may be completed in person with a student advisor in the Student Services Office located in the El Dorado Conference Center, Second Floor, across from the elevators.

The permanent address given on the application must be one through which mail will always reach you.

If you have any questions, please contact the Academic Affairs Office at 1-870-864-7127 or email Michele Hildreth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

There is no fee required to receive your degree