Graduations, Ceremonies, and Special Recognitions

Graduation time at Southern State is a big deal! Every year during the month of May (and into June), many of our students complete their studies and receive their diplomas. It’s a combination of celebrating achievements and marking the next step in a person’s life.

You are invited to attend these special events as we recognize and honor our students who have worked hard to achieve their goals.
  • ADN Pinning Ceremony
Thursday, May 4 at 7 p.m. in the Edward K. Daniels Auditorium | Central Campus

  • Annual Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. in the Patriot Center | Central Campus

  • OPOTA Graduation Ceremony
Tuesday, May 16 at 6 the Edward K. Daniels Auditorium | Central Campus

  • AOC Recognition Ceremony
Thursday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Edward K. Daniels Auditorium | Central Campus
2023/24 Open Enrollment period -- begins May 1

The 2023/24 Open Enrollment period is scheduled to start on Monday, May 1, and will be open until Friday, May 12, 2023 (2 weeks).

Even if you intend to waive coverage through SSCC, you must complete Open Enrollment.
During the completion process, please select the “Waive” option for each type of coverage offered.

Coverages will not auto-renew. If you do not complete Open Enrollment, your benefits will end on 6/30/2023.

Questions can be directed to Crystal Howland at [email protected].
Invitation to Spotlight Theatre
The Acting I class would like to invite you to the first Spotlight Theatre since 2020! The performance will take place Wednesday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the Edward K. Daniels Auditorium, Central Campus. Spotlight is the final for the acting classes.
Two very short one-act plays will be presented: Waiting for the Matinee (students Ariel Kibbey and Tommie Watts) and Rules of Comedy (students Morgan Cole and Camden Griffith). The entire performance will last 25-30 minutes. Please attend if you can.
Coders Unite!
Ohio Code Scholar Program Hosts Grant Imahara Coding Challenge at Southern State Community College

Southern State Community College’s Ohio Code Scholar program is excited to host the Grant Imahara Coding Challenge event on May 5th, 2023, at the Central Campus in Hillsboro. The Ohio Code Scholar program includes several high schools throughout the region, with a mission to bring more coding and IT programs to high schools and grow options in those schools through projects, curriculum, and instructor credentialing. Click here to learn more
New Student Orientation
In-person orientation is coming back for new students, beginning this summer semester.

Central Campus | Monday, May 15
  • 10 a.m. - 12 noon or 6 - 8 p.m. 
Brown Co. Campus | Wednesday, May 17
  • 10 a.m. - 12 noon or 6 - 8 p.m.

Questions about new student orientation can be sent to Kaylynn Bell at [email protected].
Monday, May 22
Summer Semester begins!
Monday, May 29
Memorial Day, College Closed
Bits & Pieces

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Have a great May!