Graduating May 10? Here's All the Details.

Congratulations on your upcoming SLCC Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony. Our faculty and staff are very proud of each of you and look forward to celebrating your academic achievements. 

Please use this sheet as a resource to guide you in the weeks leading up to the commencement ceremony.

Date, Location, and Time

The Spring 2018 ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 10 at 6:00 pm at the Cajundome Convention Center (444 Cajundome Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506). The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:00 pm, and all graduates must arrive at 5:00 pm.

All guests must be seated before doors close; the doors will not be opened while the academic procession is in progress.



  • Regular business attire
  • Dark dress shoes*

*You will need to negotiate stairs and stand for extended periods of time—please be mindful of heel height if you are not accustomed to wearing high-heeled shoes.


  • Dress shirt (preferably white collars)
  • Dark pants
  • Dark dress shoes

 The following attire is NOT suitable:

  • Jeans
  • Tennis shoes
  • Work boots
  • Flip flops
  • Shorts

The appropriate cap for graduates is the familiar navy blue “mortarboard.”  The mortarboard is worn straight on the head with the point of the cap in the center of the forehead.  The tassel should hang to the left of the face.  Students are free to decorate the top of their graduation cap if desired.


The cap and gown for the SLCC Commencement Ceremony is navy blue and SLCC-branded. This SLCC Regalia can be purchased at the SLCC Bookstore for $50 (plus sales tax)No alternative cap or gown may be worn. For more information or to place an order, please visit Lafayette or New Iberia Campus Bookstore. The deadline for ordering regalia online has passed, but regalia can be purchased from the overstock in the SLCC Bookstore. All online orders are expected to be received by the Lafayette Campus Bookstore on April 30  and will be delivered to students' home campuses within a week of delivery. Please keep an eye on your email accounts for more details regarding graduation regalia delivery.

Honors Graduates and Phi Theta Kappa Graduates

Graduating with Honors and graduating as a Phi Theta Kappa member are two different achievements. Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society to which 3.0 students at SLCC are invited, and those students pay membership fees to join. Students who are Phi Theta Kappa members often graduate with honors, and Honors Graduates are often Phi Theta Kappa members, but joining PTK does not guarantee that a student will be an Honors Graduate. To graduate with honors, a student must have a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher; these students will be given honors cords on the day of Commencement. PTK students can purchase PTK cords and stoles via the PTK online store:


A diploma holder will be issued to each candidate as he or she walks across the stage at the commencement ceremony, and a diploma will be given to each candidate once he or she walks off of the stage (except in the case that a student has a financial or academic hold). If you do not participate in the commencement ceremony, you may pick up your diploma from the Registrar’s Office beginning on the day after commencement and continuing through the next few weeks, or you may wait for it to be mailed to you; if you choose the latter option, be sure to confirm your mailing address with the Registrar’s Office. Diplomas are usually mailed 1-2 months after Commencement.

Graduation Parking

All graduates, friends, and families are advised to park in the back of the Cajundome Convention Center; turning off of Cajundome Boulevard onto Reinhardt Drive, all drivers should look for the parking lot on the left after the Convention Center. Parking in the front of the building is reserved for SLCC and Cajundome employees.

Graduation Pictures

Approximately two weeks after graduation, all SLCC graduates will receive sample proofs of their graduation pictures along with order forms. Order forms will include instructions on how to students can order pictures as well as the price options from Candid Campus Photography. This information will be sent to the email on file with SLCC.

Graduation Tickets

SLCC does NOT issue graduation tickets. Students are allowed to invite as many guests as they would like.

Graduation Invitations

The SLCC Bookstore only sells official SLCC graduation announcements online, and the deadline for online orders has passed. Feel free to create your own announcements/invitations using your preferred software and printing processes.

Post-Ceremony Celebration

After the commencement recession, you and your family are welcome to enjoy the many refreshments provided; these will be located near the main entrance of the convention center. Flowers as well as SLCC Spring 2018 Graduation t-shirts will be available for graduates and family purchase.

Arrangements for Graduates and/or Guests with Disabilities

SLCC will provide disability services for the ceremony. To request arrangements for graduates or guests of graduates with special needs, please contact the Coordinator of Disability Services, Kimberly Lachney at (337) 521-6915 or