Graduation and Commencement Information

Please note, it is the responsibility of each student, along with your advisor, to ensure all necessary requirements have been met for degree or certificate completion. Please closely review all Graduation information before submitting an Application for Graduation form.

Commencement - Saturday, May 13, 2017 [10:30 a.m.]

Southwest is pleased to welcome families, alumni, and friends to the May 2017 Commencement activities on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The ceremony will be held at FedExForum (opens new window) located in downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

Graduates should report to P-1: Plaza Level Entrance at 9 a.m.


Free parking is available in the FedExForum Toyota Parking Garage for students, faculty, and staff only. This is first-come, first-serve parking. A parking pass or Southwest student ID is required to park. There are two entrances to the garage, both on Martin Luther King Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets. Parking passes will be distributed at the Grad Fair.


You will receive notification via Southwest email and personal email of the dates for diploma pick-up. Please make sure your personal email and phone number are current in the Records Office.

Applying For Graduation

Students planning to graduate should follow the Applying for Graduation steps as outlined in the Graduation section of the online Academic Catalog.

If you have questions regarding the Application for Graduation, email Barbara Wells at or call 901-333-4259.