Graduation is a tremendous accomplishment! We hope all students plan to participate in their graduation ceremony.

Graduation Ceremonies took place on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 5 PM and the next graduation will be Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 4 PM at the Character Counts Conference Center in Building C on our Main Campus located at 2980 Collins Avenue. As graduation approaches, you will receive an email with a graduation packet. At that time, the most important things to remember are:

  • Contact registration to ensure that your contact information is current
  • Contact your instructor to be sure you are cleared to graduate
  • Check the website often for detailed information
  • Order your cap, gown and tassel by clicking here and choose our school
  • Plan to arrive at least one hour before graduation

If you have any questions call (904) 547-3282.

Regardless of whether you plan to attend graduation, you MUST complete the Diploma/Certificate of Completion Application which will be emailed as we get closer to the ceremony.

Graduation Procedures

Each graduate MUST click on the following link and complete the  Diploma/Certificate of Completion Application to attend the ceremony. A Graduation Information Meeting will be held in Culinary Theatre before each gradation- look for email announcements. Please attend for the most up-to-date information and steps to celebrate this major accomplishment.

In Absentia Graduates

If you are unable to participate in the ceremony, you may pick up your diploma/certificate of completion three business days after graduation by inquiring at the front desk in Building A.  Please bring a picture ID as identification.

Proper Attire

All graduation participants must wear a black cap and gown except graduates from Culinary Arts who will wear the uniform approved by their program.  Graduates are required to wear appropriate business casual attire. Flip flops, jeans and sneakers are not permitted.

Admission Tickets

Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for family and friends to attend the ceremony/reception.  Every guest admitted to the ceremony must have a ticket. You may pick up your tickets at Registration on our Main Campus.

Special Accommodations

Please call the school at (904) 547-3301 if special accommodations will be needed.


Graduating students should be in Building C’s Culinary Theatre one hour before graduation attired in cap and gown or approved program uniform.  Tassels should be worn on the right.

It is very important that all students stay in the area for staff to organize graduates alphabetically by program prior to ceremony start.

Conferring of Certificates

A Marshall will lead the student procession to be seated.  When it is time, you will give your completed name card to the announcer as you approach the stage, continue on, cross over and shake hands with the Principal, who will give you a certificate cover.  Then you will follow the precession, return to your chair and be seated.

Diplomas/Certificates of Completion

Immediately after the ceremony, you will pick up your Diploma/Certificate of Completion in the Culinary Theatre in Building C.

If you are unable to attend graduation, you may pick up your Diploma/Certificate of Completion after graduation night or FCTC will mail it upon your request. FCTC is not responsible for lost or damaged documents.

**No diplomas/certificates of completion will be mailed before your graduation ceremony.

Security Guidelines

Please share SJCSD-Graduation-Security-Guidelines with your guests.


To view the photos that were taken of your class, go to the Education Foundation website’s Alumni page.

Career Plans after Graduation

FCTC would like to know about your first career job. If you are already working, please email our Placement Specialist so we can celebrate or email if you would like assistance with available jobs.