About the Ceremony

2021 Commencement Ceremony



Jefferson State Community College is proud to announce that the 2021 graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at the Alabama Theatre with two options for participation:  in-person and virtual.  We are excited to be offering a livestream of the event.

For graduates who choose to attend in-person, CDC guidelines (such as facemasks, social distancing, and limited guests) will be in place to keep everyone safe.  Those who choose to participate virtually will be able to view the ceremony in real-time and will have their name called with a customized slide displayed.

We are pleased to be partnering with Full Measure Education (FME) to facilitate this innovative and exciting event!

All summer 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021 graduates are eligible to patriciate and have been sent an official invitation. The invitation  includes important details (such as information regarding caps and gowns), a link to a simple RSVP form to register for the event, and instructions for uploading a photo to be used for a customized slide in the ceremony.

The deadline to RSVP and submit a photo to be displayed in the ceremony if April 13th.  Graduates should make plans to RSVP for their preferred ceremony option and upload their photos as soon as possible.

Our administration, faculty, and staff are very proud of our graduates and we look forward to sharing this special day with them and their family members.  We are excited to congratulate each of them as they complete this defining milestone!

Please be sure to regularly check your Jefferson State email or the college’s website for future guidance.

Note that details listed at the bottom of this page regarding the ceremony’s order of events are subject to change.


The 2021 Commencement Ceremony will take place at the Alabama Theatre on FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021 at 1:30 pm. with two options for participationin-person or virtual.

Click to Download the 2021 Commencement Ceremony Guide!

All students graduating or are pending for graduation for spring semester will have their name, honors, hometown, and major listed in the Commencement Program. Students wishing this information not to be included must email [email protected] and request their information be excluded by April 12, 2021. The request must include a signature.

Students may view their graduation status through myJSCC on their transcript. Students who have been approved to graduate upon successful completion of their current courses will have “Pending” as their status under Degree/Certificate Awarded near the top of their transcript.

Because seating is limited at the Alabama Theater and due to capacity restrictions related the pandemic, each graduate who registers for the ceremony by April 13, 2021 will be issued a ticket for one guest.  On the RSVP form, you will be able to select whether you will attend in person of virtually and, if in person, also indicate whether you will bring a guest.

Tickets will be issued to all graduates (and their guest) who RSVP for the in-person option.  Each ticket will have a custom QR code that will be scanned upon entry into the Theatre. Tickets may be printed or saved to mobile devices for scanning (similar to boarding passes for flights).

Depending on the registration, the availability of tickets may be adjusted at a later time.  If so, all graduates who have RSVP’d for the in-person ceremony will be notified.

The Commencement Ceremony is expected to be two hours in length. Ceremony length may vary slightly depending on the size of participation.  Details for checking-in with cap, gown, hood, and tassel will be provided.  Ambassadors will be available to show you to the assembly room. Please try to leave personal belongings with a friend or family member.


Graduates will be lined up by degree: AA, AS, AAS, and Certificate. If you have more than one degree, you will line up with the degree that is listed first. Be ready to march by 12:45 p.m. Graduates are the first to march in. Tassel goes to the right.


The candidate processional begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. which denotes the start of the commencement ceremony. Family members and guests should be seated at by 1:15 p.m.

Members of the graduating class will march to the reserved seat area on the auditorium floor. Graduates will follow a designated student marshal to the appropriate seating location. Remain standing until all graduates have arrived on the floor and the Platform Party has reached its place on the stage. Continue standing for The National Anthem, posting of the colors, invocation, and benediction. Men will remove their caps for the singing of The National Anthem and invocation.

Presentation of Graduates

Following the commencement address and a song, Danielle Coburn, Vice President of Academic Affairs, will instruct the graduates to rise. She will then present to the President the candidates for the various degrees/certificates. Candidates will:

  1. ascend the stairs on the right hand side of the stage
  2. hand the Reader Card to the announcer
  3. wait for their name and academic honor, if applicable, to be spoken
  4. walk across the stage to be greeted first by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, then the President will hand a diploma scroll to the graduate
  5. have their picture taken
  6. descend the stairs on the left side of the stage
  7. return to their seat. Graduates should stay seated until prompted to begin the march to receive diplomas. When receiving your diploma, take your diploma with your left hand and shake with your right hand.

When the last graduate has completed the graduation march, all graduates will stand for the conferring of the degrees. President Keith  Brown will say: “By virtue of the authority vested in me by the State Board of Education, I confer upon you the associate degree or certificate to which you are entitled with all rights, privileges thereunto appertaining.” Graduates should move tassels to the left at this time. President Brown will ask graduates to show appreciation by applause to the faculty.


The ceremony will conclude with a formal recessional led by the platform party, followed by the faculty, and ending with the graduates. Your student Marshall will direct your exit of the auditorium floor.

Diploma Scrolls

All graduates are presented a commemorative scroll for participation in the graduation ceremony.   Your actual diploma will be mailed to you inside a diploma cover within four weeks after your degree has been posted and your $20.00 payment has been received.

Reader Card

The Reader Card provides your name to the announcer for individual recognition as you walk across the stage. The card will include your honors and the phonetic pronunciation of your name that you provided when registering for the ceremony. Candidates receive their card at the time they assemble for the processional. You will take the “Reader Card” with you to the stage. Do not lose, destroy, or leave the “Reader Card” in your seat when it is time for you to approach the stage.