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Graduation

Commencement Ceremonies

Indian River State College is excited to recognize our 2020 Spring, Summer and Fall graduates with two different options this December—an outdoor, in-person Commencement exercise designed with safety in mind on December 16, and a live-stream virtual event on December 17. The in-person Commencement will offer the traditional aspects students deserve as part of their celebration. This includes an opportunity to proudly walk across the stage in regalia, be congratulated by the President, and have a photo captured. Most importantly, IRSC will honor our graduates with close friends and family in the audience. We are confident that our 2020 graduates will enjoy what we have in store.       

Continue to check this web page and your RiverMail for details. Friday, November 13 is the deadline to apply for Fall Commencement. The link to apply arrives via your RiverMail.


As you approach graduation, please take a few minutes to reflect on your IRSC experience and share your thoughts with us by completing the graduate survey.


Important Dates

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 First day to apply/pay for Fall 2020 Commencement.
Friday, November 13, 2020 Deadline to apply/pay for Fall 2020 Commencement.
Monday, November 30
First day to pick up Ceremony regalia.

Commencement regalia should be picked up at the campus you designated during the online ordering process.  The Massey Campus location is the River Shop bookstore. Regalia will be available at the front desk on branch campus.
Wednesday,
December 16, 2020

Fall Commencement Drive-in Ceremonies
11:00 a.m. – Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree Ceremony

3:00 p.m. – Associate in Science (A.S.)/Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)/Bachelor's Degree Ceremony

Thursday, December 17, 2020 Fall Commencement Virtual Ceremony
11:00 a.m.
Link will be available on December 17.

Commencement FAQs

Apply and pay online for Commencement. Students will receive a RiverMail and personal email with application instructions.

Deadline to apply—Friday, November 13, 2020.

  • Students and guests must comply with IRSC and CDC safety guidelines for wearing masks and social distancing at the Commencement Ceremonies.
  • The IRSC Student Code of Conduct will be strictly enforced at the Commencement Ceremonies.
  • The consumption, use, possession, distribution or being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or substances, (e.g., heroin, cocaine, LSD, barbiturates, hallucinogenics, narcotics, marijuana), will not be permitted during the Commencement Ceremonies.
  • Smoking, vaping or any other form of open flame will not be permitted at the Commencement Ceremonies.
  • Disorderly conduct or lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression on College-owned property or at the Commencement Ceremonies is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
  • The possession of weapons/firearms at the IRSC Commencement Ceremonies is prohibited, and violations may result in arrest.

Drive-in Ceremonies will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.
11:00 a.m. – Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree Ceremony

3:00 p.m. – Associate in Science (A.S.)/Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)/Bachelor's Degree Ceremony

Drive-in Ceremonies will be held at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex at IRSC Massey Campus, located at 4600 Kirby Loop Road in Fort Pierce.  

Each 90-minute Ceremony will begin promptly at its designated time. Graduates arrive one hour prior to their Drive-in Ceremony and remain for the entire Ceremony.

A Virtual Ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 17 at 11:00 a.m.
The link to the Ceremony will be posted on this web page on December 17.

Check this web page often for more details.

The Virtual Ceremony will be streamed live from the stage on December 17 at 11:00 a.m. with the elements of a traditional IRSC Commencement Ceremony. Dr. Moore, our new IRSC President, will present the Commencement Address, confer degrees and give the instruction to “Turn your tassel!” Registered graduates’ names will be read, accompanied by a visual that includes their name, academic accomplishments and submitted photo. (Graduates will receive instructions on how to upload a photo of themselves in a future communication.) This Ceremony will convey the deep respect IRSC has for our graduates. Graduates are encouraged to invite their family and friends to watch the Ceremony and celebrate with them! If  graduates cannot attend the live stream, a recording of the Ceremony will be available to watch shortly thereafter. Professional photographers will be available to take photos of graduates in their regalia for those who choose the Virtual Ceremony. 

The Commencement fee covers the cost of your regalia (cap/gown/tassel/diploma cover.)

Ceremony regalia will be available for pick-up at the campus you designated during the online ordering process beginning Monday, November 30. The Massey Campus location for pick up is the River Shop bookstore. Regalia will be available at the front desk on branch campuses. Only participating graduates may pick up their regalia.
  • Graduates must present a photo ID in order to pick up regalia.
  • Members of U.S. Armed Forces* must present a military ID to receive military cords.

*Armed Forces (Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, Retired)

Commencement announcements will be available for purchase at the Massey Campus bookstore and at https://www.bookstore.irsc.edu/.

Call 1-877-770-2665 for more information.

Your name will be printed in the program if you apply for Commencement by the deadline date—Friday, November 13, 2020.

A link to the program will be posted on this Graduation web page on the day of the Ceremony.

In addition to IRSC regalia (cap, gown, tassel), cords, stoles, medallions and/or pins from Academic Honor Society organizations recognized by the College can be worn during the Ceremony. These include:

  • IRSC Honor, High Honors, Highest Honors
  • All Florida Academic Team
  • Alpha Phi Sigma/Criminal Justice
  • Emerging Leaders
  • Eta Sigma Delta/Culinary & Hospitality
  • Honor Society for Nursing
  • IRSC Honors Program
  • Kappa Delta Pi/Education
  • Lambda Nu Honor Society
  • Legacy Leaders
  • Military Distinction
  • Phi Theta Kappa
  • Sigma Beta Delta/Business

College-credit coursework attempted at IRSC, as well as at other post-secondary institutions, will be used in the calculation of your grade point average for graduation and Honors.  Graduates will be notified of Honors status via their IRSC RiverMail email and a posting on this Graduation web page. 

Those who participate in the Drive-in Ceremony will receive their Honors cords and tassel at the Ceremony upon check-in. Those who register for the Virtual Ceremony may pick up their Honors cords and tassel at Massey Campus after December 15.

Check back here to confirm if you are an Honors graduate after December 15.

The Honors designations are:

  • Summa Cum Laude–Highest Honors (cumulative GPA of 3.85 to 4.0)
  • Magna Cum Laude–High Honors (cumulative GPA of 3.7 to 3.84)
  • Cum Laude–Honors (cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 3.69)

    Honors recipients will wear gold cords and tassels and be acknowledged as they walk across the stage during the Drive-in Ceremony. Honors recipients viewing the Virtual Ceremony will be acknowledged when their name is read.

Tickets are not required for entry to the Drive-in Ceremonies. Participating graduates will be vetted to ensure they completed the online registration and must be wearing their regalia to enter the parking lot. Graduates will receive a pass in their regalia packet to display on their dash.

Each graduate (and his/her guests) will be permitted to attend the Commencement Ceremony in one car or truck. Each graduate may have the number of guests in his/her car that equals the number of factory-installed seat belts within the vehicle.

Students and guests must comply with IRSC and CDC safety guidelines for wearing masks and social distancing at the Commencement Ceremonies.

Each graduate (and his/her guests) will be permitted to attend the Commencement Ceremony in one car or truck. For health reasons, the car must not be a convertible or an oversized vehicle (no limousines, recreational vehicles, vans, party buses, large tire trucks/monster trucks, etc.) There will be no walk–ins, and viewing from the sidewalks will be prohibited.

Graduates will be permitted to decorate their vehicle within reason. Disorderly conduct or lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct or expression on College-owned property or at the Commencement Ceremonies is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

Men should wear a dress shirt, tie, dark slacks and dark dress shoes.  Women should wear a dark dress or dress slacks and dark dress shoes.  For your own safety and comfort, women should not wear high-heeled and/or open-toe dress shoes.  Closed-toe low heels and/or flats are strongly recommended.

Students and guests must comply with IRSC and CDC safety guidelines for wearing masks and social distancing at the Commencement Ceremonies.

If you are missing or lose part of your regalia, go to the Massey Campus bookstore for a replacement.  If you find that you are missing regalia at the Ceremony, call or text the phone number provided at the Ceremony.

Each 90-minute ceremony will begin promptly at its designated time. Graduates (and guests), using one car, should arrive at the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex (4600 Kirby Loop Road) one hour prior to their Ceremony and remain for the entire Ceremony. Please allow for traffic as the Ceremony will start on time.

The Complex parking lot will open one hour before each Ceremony begins. Students and guests must comply with IRSC and CDC safety guidelines for wearing masks and social distancing at the Commencement Ceremonies.

A Committee member will direct you to a parking place.

All graduates report to the Tactical Driving Range at the southwest entrance of the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex.  Follow the signs to the check-in area.  

Participating graduates will be vetted to ensure they completed the online registration and must be wearing their regalia to enter the parking lot. Graduates will receive a pass in their regalia packet to display on their dash. This process will ensure that each graduate has a signed participation acknowledgement form on file. 

All persons will rem­­­­ain in their car before, during and after the entire Ceremony. A Committee member will alert the graduate when it is time to exit the vehicle to cross the stage. ­­­­­­­­­­­­Upon exiting your vehicle, wear a face mask /covering, and maintain social distancing per IRSC and CDC guidelines. This will be strictly enforced.

Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates approximately six weeks following the Ceremony.

Graduates requiring special accommodations should contact Accessibility Services at least one (1) week prior to Commencement at accessibilityservices@irsc.edu or call
772-462-7782.

Professional photographers will take no-obligation photographs of all graduates during the Drive-in Commencement Ceremony. 

Photographers will be available to take no-obligation photographs of those graduates who choose the Virtual Ceremony option. Date and Time TBA.

Information on how to order photos can be found on the Grad Images website.

The Commencement Ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes. Guests and graduates are expected to remain for the entire Ceremony. If you plan to make lunch or dinner reservations following the Commencement Ceremony, give yourself ample time as there will be traffic delays.

Yes, a link to the Drive-in Ceremony videos will be available on this web page beginning Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

A recording of the December 17th Virtual Ceremony will be available shortly after the Ceremony.

All new IRSC graduates receive a complimentary one-year membership to the IRSC Alumni Association.  To activate your membership, send an email to irscalumni@irsc.edu.

Call the IRSC Information Call Center at 1-866-792-4772.

2020—2021 Commencement Ceremonies

Ceremonies Dates
Fall 2020 Commencement

Fall Commencement Drive-in Ceremonies
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

11:00 a.m. – Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree Ceremony

3:00 p.m. – Associate in Science (A.S.)/Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)/Bachelor's Degree Ceremony

Virtual Ceremony
Thursday, December 17, 2020
11:00 a.m.

 

Spring 2021 Commencement

Associate in Arts Degree
Friday, April 30, 2021

Associate in Science/Applied Science & Bachelor's Degree
Saturday, May 1, 2021         

 

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