Graduating from Southeast Tech

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Commencement Ceremony Details

Spring 2021

Because of COVID-19 restrictions and the necessity to social distance, Southeast Technical College will host TWO, smaller commencement ceremonies this spring. Graduates will be assigned to a ceremony time based on their program. 

Friday, May 7 at 2 p.m.

This ceremony is for students graduating from all Healthcare Programs, Early Childhood, Law Enforcement, as well as Class of 2020 alumni who have RSVP'd to participate in an in-person ceremony. The schedule is as follows: 

9 a.m. Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal at the Sioux Falls Arena
1 p.m. Arena Doors Open for Graduates and Guests
1:15 p.m. Graduates line up with classmates at the Sioux Falls Arena
2 p.m. Ceremony Begins
3 p.m.  Ceremony Ends

Friday, May 7 at 5 p.m.

This ceremony is for students graduating from Agriculture, Business, Construction, Engineering Technology, Horticulture, Industrial Technology, Information Technology, Mechatronics, Media Communications and Transportation Technology programs. The schedule is as follows: 

11 a.m. Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal at the Sioux Falls Arena
4 p.m. Arena Doors Open for Graduates and Guests
4:15 p.m. Graduates line up with classmates at the Sioux Falls Arena
5 p.m. Ceremony Begins
6 p.m.  Ceremony Ends

Sioux Falls Arena COVID-19 Guidelines

Masks and social distancing will be enforced. You may read the full list of protocols here.

Cap and Gown Pickup

Students participating in a commencement ceremony must pick up his or her cap and gown from the Student Success Center located in the Mickelson Center on one of the following days:

Monday, April 26 Noon to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 27 Noon to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 28 Noon to 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 29 Noon to 5 p.m.
Friday, April 30   Noon to 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 9 a.m. to Noon

Graduation Requirements

Apply for Graduation

A student planning to receive an Associate of Applied Science degree or a Diploma must file an “Application for Diploma/Degree Completion” form prior to registering for his or her final semester. Diplomas are awarded twice per year - in May and December. It is the student's responsibility to make sure all graduation requirements, including all required coursework, are met. Applications are available on myTech under the "Student" tab; then, under the "Academic Information" column, click on "Application for Diploma/Degree Completion."

Graduation Criteria

  • All students enrolled in Associate of Applied Science Degree or Diploma programs must maintain an overall “C” average (2.0 grade point) or better for all courses required of the program as well as for the major program courses as indicated on the curriculum sheet. Grades of “I”, “F”, official withdrawal or auditing of a course will not count toward satisfactory completion. Students not maintaining a “C” average are urged to consult with their advisor or the Registrar. All students are urged to work with their academic program advisor to solve any problems that might affect their positive growth in the program. Students who fail to earn the required grades may be advised to change their programs, take preparatory work, retake specific courses, take a reduced credit load, or take advantage of individualized tutorial help. All counseling is directed toward assisting the individual student in successfully completing an appropriate program of study.
  • Students must complete a general education core curriculum as defined by their program of study in order to meet graduation requirements.
  • Students must also complete at least 25% of the coursework at Southeast Tech, including 25% of the coursework in the major area of specialization. Advanced standing does not count as work completed at Southeast Tech.
  • Students must fulfill all financial obligations to the school. Evidence of high school completion through an official high school transcript or a GED certificate (Associate of Applied Science Degree candidates) is required. Some programs have additional specific graduation requirements. These are listed in the program information section of the catalog.
  • Graduation ceremonies for students are held in May and December of each year. Students are encouraged to attend graduation. Southeast Technical College bases graduation honors on the cumulative grade point average for the semester prior to graduating.  Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 to 3.49 at the end of the prior semester will graduate with Honors.  Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to 4.0 at the end of the prior semester will graduate with High Honors.