Commencement 2018 Banner

FSCJ Virtual Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 4 p.m.

While none of us could have expected we would be planning a virtual Commencement Ceremony to honor our class of 2019-20 graduates, we couldn’t be more excited to make our first ever virtual Commencement Ceremony a memorable event that our graduates won’t forget.

The virtual ceremony will be posted here on our Commencement website for viewing on July 2, 2020 at 4 p.m.

Graduates, families and friends will be able to come together “virtually” to experience a ceremony worthy of the honor our graduates deserve. Following a traditional ceremony, viewers will hear from several College, faculty, staff and student leaders. After these words of congratulations and encouragement, graduates can watch for their personal slide and hear their name read aloud.

Be sure to watch until the end so you don’t miss the moment you all have waited for, the changing of your tassels. Graduates are encouraged to wear their cap and tassel during the ceremony and share a picture/video with us using #fscjgrad2020 as you move your tassel.

Our goal is to still make this time a very special memory for graduates and their families. If you have additional questions, email commencement@fscj.edu.

 

Dear Graduates,

Recognizing each of you and your accomplishments is important to us.

We strongly considered postponing the ceremony to a later date this summer, however as the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 changed daily, we felt it was best to move forward in recognizing you through a virtual commencement ceremony. The virtual ceremony will be posted on our Commencement website for viewing on July 2, 2020 in hopes that you are able to share this memory with family and friends as you gather to celebrate the Independence Day holiday (assuming gatherings are safe and allowed at that time).

Eligible students will receive an email to their FSCJ student account regarding registration. If you believe you are eligible and have not received an email, please schedule an appointment with an advisor and select 'Graduation Check' or open a help desk ticket at help.fscj.edu for online assistance using these fields – Category: myFSCJ-Student, Subcategory: Student Records. 

We ask that you complete the RSVP in myFSCJ for the virtual Commencement ceremony to let us know if you plan to participate. Please complete the RSVP by May 22, 2020. Only those who register for Commencement by May 22 will be listed in this year’s digital Commencement program.

After this date, you will receive an email from MarchingOrder, a vendor we are partnering with to create the ceremony, with instructions on how to submit your information to them for inclusion in the ceremony. This will include, but may not be limited to, your full name (including phonetic spelling, if needed) and a high-resolution picture. MarchingOrder will communicate all of the information and expectations to you.

What does this mean for you today?

  1. If you have already completed registration in myFSCJ for the Commencement Ceremony and plan to participate in the virtual event, then no action is required from you at this time.
  2. If you have already registered in myFSCJ and will no longer be able to participate in the virtual option, please log in to your myFSCJ account, go to your Student Center, click on the "Other Academic" drop-down menu and choose "Graduation Status," then update your RSVP from “yes” to “no.” You must do so by May 22, 2020.
  3. If you have not had a chance to register for Commencement, but would like to participate in the virtual ceremony, we encourage you to do so by May 22, 2020. All you need to do is log in to your myFSCJ account and go to your Student Center, then click on the "Other Academic" drop-down menu and choose "Graduation Status." From there, click on the "Update Commencement RSVP" link.

If you need assistance registering for Commencement in myFSCJ, open a help desk ticket at it.fscj.edu for online assistance using these fields – Category: myFSCJ, Subcategory: Commencement, Assignment Group: CS Student Records.

Our goal is to still make this time a very special memory for you and your families. This will be a first for FSCJ, so we are excited to make history with each of you.

If you have additional questions, email commencement@fscj.edu.

Next Steps

Once you complete registration in myFSCJ, please continue to check your student email for communication from MarchingOrder with information on next steps they need from you.

MarchingOrder will provide you with a link to their registration portal for you to submit the phonetic spelling/pronunciation of your name and your high resolution picture. This website will be available to upload your information on May 28 and you must submit your information to MarchingOrder by June 24 to be included in the virtual ceremony. This and other specific instructions will be provided to you by MarchingOrder. The virtual Commencement ceremony will launch for viewing on July 2, 2020. We will provide the link to graduates in an email at a later date and include it on our Commencement and main FSCJ website as well.

Accommodations

FSCJ encourages persons with disabilities to participate in this special virtual ceremony. The portal website used by MarchingOrder to collect student’s information meets ADA compliance standards and works with screen readers. Graduates requiring accommodation should be able to submit their information without difficulty. If you have any questions, email commencement@fscj.edu.

For those viewing the ceremony, closed captioning will be provided throughout the ceremony.

Recommended Attire

Dress for the pictures submitted to MarchingOrder should reflect the important nature of the Commencement ceremony. Clothing should not be revealing or display any text or graphics that could be offensive to others.

Program

We will share a digital Commencement ceremony program on our website so you can see your name alongside all of your other fellow graduates and be able to save it to keep as a special memory.

Please note, in order for your name to appear in the Commencement program, you must register in myFSCJ by May 22.

We know you are just as excited as we are to celebrate all of the hard work and accomplishments of your graduate. While it may not be in the way we imagined or wanted, we are committed to ensuring they have a special ceremony to look back on.

The College will host a virtual Commencement ceremony for all eligible 2020 graduates. The ceremony will be made available for viewing on July 2, 2020, just in time for your own family and friend Independence Day holiday celebrations (assuming we are allowed to gather at this time).

The link to view the ceremony will be posted on this website and shared with each graduate through email.

FAQ's

Will Commencement be postponed and rescheduled, rather than canceled?

Given the COVID-19 situation, and the fluid nature of the world we are living in right now, we do not plan to reschedule Commencement. As the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 change daily, we felt it was best to move forward in recognizing graduates through a virtual commencement ceremony. The virtual ceremony will be posted on our Commencement website for viewing on July 2, 2020.

What is the difference between “Commencement” and "Graduation?"

  • Commencement traditionally refers to the ceremony held at the end of Spring term every year. It is a ceremony where your academic accomplishments are recognized among family, friends, peers, faculty and staff.
  • Graduation refers to the awarding of degrees and certificates to students who meet all graduation requirements. At the end of each term, students that meet all graduation requirements will automatically be awarded their degree or certificate.

Who can participate in the virtual Commencement ceremony?

To participate in the 2020 Commencement Ceremony, students must meet one of the following criteria:

Student has earned an Associate or Baccalaureate degree in the Summer or Fall of 2019, or the Spring of 2020

-OR-

Student has an expected graduation date of Summer 2020 on their student record

Please Note: Students who have earned high school equivalency and/or diplomas will be honored in a separate ceremony.

If I need assistance registering for Commencement in myFSCJ, what do I do?

Open a help desk ticket at help.fscj.edu for online assistance using these fields – Category: myFSCJ-   Student, Subcategory: Student Records.

 Virtual Commencement Ceremony Vendor Information

We are working with two separate vendors, MarchingOrder and StageClip, acting as a team to provide specific services for the virtual Commencement ceremony. MarchingOrder will collect your name, phonetic pronunciation, photo, and textual message (up to 150 characters). StageClip will collect your 12 second video upload (this is optional). There are deadlines associated with each and you will receive communication from each vendor with instructions for uploading your information. The following FAQs should provide additional information.

What are the important dates I need to know?

  • May 22 - Students must register in myFSCJ by updating their RSVP to Yes or No for participating in the virtual ceremony. This is also the deadline for students to have their name appear in the digital Commencement program.
  • May 28 - MarchingOrder's website portal will launch for students to submit their name, picture and message. MarchingOrder will communicate with students before this date with more information.
  • June 14 - Last day for students to upload their name, picture and text message to the MarchingOrder portal to be included in the virtual ceremony.
  • June 18 - StageClip's website portal will launch for students to upload their video. StageClip will communicate with students before this date with more information.
  • June 25 - Last day for students to upload their video to the StageClip portal to be included in the virtual ceremony.

What are the exact steps I need to follow?

1. Log in to myFSCJ to update your RSVP to confirm your participation in the virtual ceremony.

2. Then, log in to the MarchingOrder portal beginning May 28 and no later than June 14 and complete one of the following steps:

  • If you have not already registered in MarchingOrder, please complete all of the fields.
  • If you have already registered in MarchingOrder, please confirm your information is correct.

If you do not complete the step above, you will not have a photo in the virtual ceremony.

3. StageClip will send an invitation on June 18 to upload your content to their portal. Each graduate who has registered in myFSCJ for the virtual ceremony will have the opportunity to upload a 12 second video. Please follow all instructions in the invitation and on their web portal to have the best video possible.

If you do not complete the step above, you will not have a video in the virtual ceremony.

If I have already registered in MarchingOrder, do I need to do anything else?

Yes! Please update to make sure all of the fields are correct by logging into the MarchingOrder portal. You must make this update by June 14. If you do not complete this step, you will not have a photo in the virtual ceremony.

If I haven’t yet registered in MarchingOrder, do I still need to do so?

Yes! If you want to have your photo in the virtual ceremony, you must register at MarchingOrder by June 14. If you do not complete this step, you will not have a photo in the virtual ceremony.

 

Can a student who uses ADA accommodations still submit their information?

Yes, the website portal used by MarchingOrder for students to submit their information works with screen readers. The StageClip portal uses YouTube Premiere as their video platform which has a CC functionality in place.

Where can I purchase graduation announcements?

Announcements are available from the campus/center bookstores or on the website. Visit the bookstore website to order or call any bookstore.

When can I purchase my cap and gown?

While regalia is not required for this year’s ceremony, students may order caps and gowns by calling the North Campus bookstore at (904) 766-6631 or South Campus bookstore at (904) 646-2000 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. or ordering on the bookstore website.

What if I didn't order regalia, but still want to purchase it?

Please order online or call/email your local bookstore.  

What if I did not purchase a cap and gown but would like to wear something for my photo or video?

All graduates who register for the virtual Commencement ceremony by May 22 will receive a commemorative FSCJ Commencement in a Box. The box will contain a graduation cap, tassel with keepsake FSCJ signet, your diploma cover, and a few other special items.

What do I do after I receive my commemorative box?

Please follow these steps:

  1. Put on your regalia (if you purchased it from the bookstore) or your cap and tassel, and have someone take a photo of you. Frame the photo from the chest up. Do not leave too much space above your head
  2. Upload your photo to the MarchingOrder portal by June 14. If you prefer to upload a different professional photo, that is fine as well. You will have until June 14 to change your photo.
  3. Upload your video to the StageClip portal by June 25.

What is the recommended attire for my picture and/or video?

Dress for the pictures and videos submitted should reflect the important nature of the Commencement ceremony. Clothing should not be revealing or display any text or graphics that could be offensive to others.

What if I don’t want to upload a photo of myself for the virtual ceremony slide?

That is okay. It is not required for you to have a photo, and your name will still be read in the ceremony. You still need to upload your name with any phonetic spelling or pronunciation guidance.

Will I still receive my honors cords?

Yes. Honor cords will be mailed in the coming weeks with your diploma. These will be sent to the mailing address on file in myFSCJ. Honors designation will be determined based on a student’s GPA as of May 22, 2020.

Will my name still be read in the virtual ceremony?

Yes! You must make sure to register (or double-check the fields you already completed) in the MarchingOrder portal (see instructions above). Without doing this, your name will not be read.

How do I make sure I have a slide in the virtual ceremony?

You must make sure to register (or double-check the fields you already completed) in the MarchingOrder portal (see instructions above). Without doing this, you will not have a slide. We encourage you to upload a photo.

How will I know when my name will be called?

Your name will be called by a professional reader and your slide will be presented in alphabetical order by degree – Baccalaureate, Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. Students who believe that the readers may have trouble pronouncing their names can spell their names phonetically when submitting their information to MarchingOrder.

Will my name appear in the Commencement program?

Only students who have registered in myFSCJ to participate in the Commencement ceremony by May 22 will be included in the digital Commencement program. Students who register after May 22 will not be listed in the program.

Will I be listed as honors in the program?

The digital Commencement program will recognize students who register for the ceremony who are graduating with honors.

What time will the link to the virtual ceremony be available?

The link to the virtual ceremony will be made available at 4 p.m. and will remain accessible on fscj.edu/commencement until January 2021.

Where will the ceremony be available online?

The ceremony will be shared on fscj.edu/commencement. Your friends and family can also follow along on social media by using the hashtag #fscjgrad2020.

Can my friends and family view the ceremony?

Yes. Once the virtual ceremony link is live on July 2, 2020, family and friends will be able to view from their computers.

Approximately how long will the ceremony last?

Since this is the first time we have ever hosted a virtual ceremony, we cannot provide an exact estimate on how long the ceremony will last. We hope to keep it under two hours, depending on the number of students who register.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for about the 2020 Commencement ceremony in the FAQ above, please email commencement@fscj.edu

Rashean Mathis

Philanthropist and Founder of the Rashean Mathis Foundation

Regarded as one of the strongest defensive players in franchise history, Jacksonville native Rashean Rashean MathisMathis was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2003 NFL draft. Prior to a successful 13-year career in the NFL, Rashean attended Southside Middle School and Englewood High School. He attributes his favorite high school English teacher, Mrs. Linda Johns, as having a significant impact on his life because of her unique gift to radiate positivity, encouragement and truly believing that her students could accomplish anything. After high school, he enjoyed an exceptional college football career at Bethune-Cookman University. Rashean is passionate about education, community wellness and prosperity. He has served as spokesperson for the United Way’s Real$ense Prosperity Campaign, a United Way initiative and community coalition that provides free tax preparation services in five counties utilizing the services of over 300 volunteers. Since retiring in 2016, Rashean is dedicated to intercepting lives and has worked to create the Rashean Mathis Foundation, an organization committed to being a catalyst for conversations and solutions that bridge the divide existing within our community. He and his wife Ebony are the parents of three energetic and wonderful children and are proud to make Jacksonville their home.