Graduation Information

Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018  (This will be updated at a later date for 2019 Graduation)

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: Suncoast Arena at FSW, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, Florida

If you have recently passed the GED test and would like to be added to the 2018 ACE graduation list, please contact Milla Voellinger by email [email protected].

Cap and Gown Information

Caps, gowns, and tassels are available to purchase between 8:00am and 3:00pm Monday through Friday for $25.00 total (cash only). Please visit the Adult & Career Education office at the East Entrance of the Lee County Public Education Center (2855 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers, Florida 33966) to pick up your cap and gown before Wednesday, May 16. Graduates, please be prepared to have your picture taken when you pick your cap and gown for the 2018 graduation video. 

Dear Graduates,

We are so pleased that you will be joining us for the 2018 Graduation Ceremony on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena at Florida Southwestern State College, 13351 FSW Parkway, Fort Myers, Florida, 33919. The following is important information you will need to make your graduation appropriate, stress-free and wonderfully memorable!

  • ATTENDING GRADUATION:  The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:30 pm. Graduates must report to the check-in table in order to participate in the ceremony (Graduates and guests may enter the building no earlier than 1:30 pm). You will have time to put on your cap and gown and receive important instructions.  All valuables (purses, cameras, etc.) should be left with family members.


1:30pm – Doors to arena will open for graduates and their guests

1:30pm – 2:00pm – Graduates check-in

2:30pm – Ceremony begins, doors will be locked

Suncoast Arena will close and lock the doors promptly at 2:30 pm while the graduates formally enter. The doors will NOT reopen until AFTER the processional, pledge of allegiance, and national anthem are completed! 

  • PARKING:  All parking is FREE at the Suncoast Arena.  
  • PROPER ATTIRE:   When wearing a graduation gown, it is traditional to wear black dress shoes and professional business attire under the gown for the ceremony.  Ladies should take into consideration the steps and long walk across the stage when choosing heel height. 
  • SEATINGThe seating arrangements for the ceremony is general seating.  Guests may sit anywhere that is not roped off or reserved, and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

PLEASE NOTEONLY graduates will be permitted to sit in the section reserved for the graduates and allowed to walk across the stage!

We are very excited to be a part of your achievement and look forward to seeing you and your family on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the Suncoast Arena. It is our pleasure and honor to publicly recognize your hard work and achievement.

For questions, please visit our website



Rita Davis,

Director, Career & Adult Education