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What is Graduation?

Graduation is the certifying of degrees. Valencia certifies graduates three times a year in May, August, and December.

What is Commencement?

Commencement is the annual ceremony Valencia has for the graduates it certifies. The commencement ceremony is usually held in May.

May 9, 2015
Processional begins at 6:40 p.m.
Commencement Ceremony begins at 7:00 p.m.

Location: University of Central Florida, CFE Arena
12777 Gemini Blvd. N
Orlando, FL 32816

We are currently accepting applications for Summer 2015:

Cap and diplomaApplication Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015

Apply online through your Atlas account.

  • After logging into your Atlas account, click on the Students tab
  • In the Path to Graduation area click on Graduation Application
  • Complete all fields on the Graduation Application (including the Cap & Gown section if you plan to attend the Commencement Ceremony), review the information, and click Submit

Before you submit your application for graduation please be sure that you have:

  • Fulfilled all admissions requirements prior to the Graduation Application Deadline (i.e. submitted all official transcripts: high school, college, CLEP scores, Advanced Placement, DANTES, military, etc.);

  • Completed or be registered for all coursework required for your degree. Review your Degree Audit online through your Atlas account (click on the Registration tab and in the Path to Graduation area click on My Academic Progress (Degree Audit) in order to run a degree audit) and/or meet with an advisor to verify that you have met or will meet your degree requirements;

  • Verified that the address in your Atlas account is current and that your Program of Study and catalog year are accurate. If necessary, update your Program of Study and/or catalog year information BEFORE you apply for graduation by submitting a Student Records Information Form.

All communication regarding your graduation status will be via your Atlas email account; therefore; be sure to check it frequently for updates.


Diplomas are mailed to students approximately 4-6 weeks after the end of the semester in which they graduate. At Commencement, students receive a diploma cover with a message from the College.

If you graduate in: Your diploma will be mailed:
Fall Term (December) February
Spring Term (May) June
Summer Term (August) September

Please remember to review your Degree Audit before applying for Graduation. You may also see an advisor regarding requirements for your specific program or major. Once you have applied for graduation, check your Atlas account frequently. You will be sent e-mails regarding your graduation status throughout the graduation review process.




Many answers to your questions can be found in the online Valencia College catalog. If you need additional assistance, please e-mail Records/Graduation.