Celebrate your graduation

Students are not required to attend a commencement ceremony. However, it does provide a formal occasion for students, family and friends to celebrate a significant milestone in their life. The ceremonies are held at the King Center for the Performing Arts at the EFSC Melbourne campus. Beginning with the fall 2017 ceremony, tickets are required for guests. 

The College has spring and fall commencement events. Students who graduate in the summer who wish to walk in the fall ceremony should RSVP when applying for graduation. Two ceremonies are held at each event, with students divided by their home address or major.

For spring, fall and summer candidates, when you submit your Intent to Graduate Application, be sure to RSVP for the ceremony by the published application deadline. This RSVP request also triggers a reservation of guest tickets to attend the ceremony (see more details on this new ticketing process below). For assistance with the online graduation application process, view the Online Graduation Application Tutorial.

New Ticketing Process: Because of limited space at the King Center, tickets are required for family and friends to attend the graduation ceremony. Each guest, including infants and toddlers, must have a ticket. EFSC has implemented a new ticketing process starting with the fall 2017 commencement ceremony. Each candidate who sent an RSVP by November 2, 2017 will receive 4 guest tickets. Ticket pick up will be in the campus bookstores from November 27 - December 8 during regular bookstore business hours.  More details will follow through U.S. mail and student e-mail and will be be posted on this website.

Note: If you appy for graduation after the published deadline and would like to participate in the commencement ceremony, you must email graduation@easternflorida.edu. For those applying after the deadline, guest tickets are not guaranteed, and availability will not be known until the day of the ceremony. Check at the King Center "Will Call" window two hours before your assigned ceremony.

For guests without tickets and those arriving late, there will be a limited overflow space with viewing on large television screens at the King Center. Each ceremony is also televised live on WEFS-TV and via webcast with a link posted on the website home page the morning of graduation.

Prior to the Thanksgiving break, students who submitted an RSVP will receive a letter with instructions about their specific ceremony and check-in times and location.

Learn more about the ticket process on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Before the Ceremony: Report to the atrium of Building 10 on the Melbourne Campus 60 minutes prior to the ceremony. You will receive a calling card that will tell you where to line up. Verify your name, address & any honors listed are correct. 

During the Ceremony: You will receive an empty diploma cover at the ceremony. All diplomas are mailed approximately 4 – 6 weeks after the ceremony. A professional photographer will take your picture while you are on the stage. The photographer will send you proof copies either by electronic or regular mail and you may purchase photos directly from the vendor. 

After the Ceremony: You and your guests are invited to attend a reception in your honor, to be held in the Gymnasium, Building 6. You are encouraged to park on the east side of the campus, near the Gymnasium, to allow for an easier exit after the celebration.

Ceremony Directions

Eastern Florida State College Commencement Ceremonies are located at The King Center, a regional performing arts center located on the Melbourne Campus of EFSC with its entrance on Post Road.

The King Center
3865 N Wickham Rd.
Melbourne, FL 32935

Click to view printable graduation facility map with parking locations.