Graduates in gap and gown smiling.

Spring 2014 Graduation Information

May 10, 2014 10:00am

L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium


Student Information

Information for All Spring 2014 Graduation Participants


We are pleased that you are planning to graduate from Cleveland State Community College.  The following is VERY IMPORTANT information that pertains to your graduation.  You are important to us so please read carefully!

Activity Who is involved? Dates What to do?
California Critical
Thinking Skills Test
(Exit Exam)
All Associate degree graduates (Exceptions are noted on your graduation evaluation)

Listed on CougarNet

Spring testing will start in January

Take a photo ID to the Testing Center on your test date. Reservations for the test are made by clicking on the Academics Tab. Then look for the Testing Center Reservations link at the bottom left of the screen.
Career Graduate Expo All graduates March 20, 2014
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Located in the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium. You may order invitations, rings, and other items regarding graduation. This is the first day that caps and gowns will be available.
Honor Cord Orders All  degree graduates with a 3.30 GPA or higher on college level work at the end of the 2013 fall semester March 20, 2014 -
May 9, 2014
Will be available to be picked up at the Career Graduate Expo. Starting March 21 they may be picked up in the Enrollment Services Center. They are FREE to those that qualify. (Only Associates degrees are eligible.)
PTK Stoles and Tassels PTK graduates March 20, 2014 -
May 9, 2014
Phi Theta Kappa will have a table at the Career Graduate Expo to purchase regalia. If you need PTK regalia after this date Phi Theta Kappa graduates can also purchase items by contacting Larry Burns at 614-8719 or going to room 107 in the Library. Stoles are $20 and tassels are $10. Exact change is preferred. A limited number of these Items will also be available May 8 at the rehearsal.
Caps and Gowns
(Announcements may be purchased in the bookstore)
All graduates March 20, 2014 -
May 9, 2014
May be picked up at the Career Graduate Expo on March 20, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Starting March 21, 2014 they will be available in the Bookstore Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Commencement Rehearsal All graduates May 08, 2014 
3:00 pm
In the gym.  Please make every effort to attend.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Reception Graduates & Families May 08, 2014 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm In the gym.
Commencement Ceremony All graduates May 10, 2014
10:00 am
Report to the library no later than 9:15 am with caps and gowns to prepare for the ceremony.



The grade points received for all college level credits are averaged to determine eligibility for graduation and for honors status.  A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 is required to qualify for graduation. Teaching degrees (AST degrees only) require a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75.
Degree-seeking students with a GPA of 3.30 or higher at the end of the Fall 2013 semester are eligible for honors status.
(See “Honor Cord Orders” above).


An incomplete admissions file, an unpaid parking ticket, a library fine or other obligations place a hold on your account and will prevent you from receiving your diploma/certificate and transcript.   It is recommended that you check on possible “holds” as soon as possible.


You may come by the Enrollment Services Center or call 473-2266 to speak with Amanda Stokes, Graduation Coordinator.


Graduation is held in our gymnasium with stadium seating.  Any student participating in the ceremony who has a disability that requires special accommodations should contact Mark Wilson, ACCESS Center Director, at 478-6217. Any questions or concerns about guests who have special needs and are planning to attend the graduation ceremony should contact Mike Hodges, Director of Security, at 478-6236 or 618-1720.
If you or a guest has special needs, please contact the appropriate person no later than May 2, 2014.


Students will report to the Humanities building in the event of rain or other inclement weather conditions.

Directions, Parking and Maps

Driving Directions


  • Enter: 3535 Adkisson Dr NW, Cleveland, TN

Google Maps Driving Directions:

From Nashville:

  • Take I-24 E (signs for Chattanooga) Passing through Georgia Entering Tennessee
  • Merge onto I-75 N, 23.5 mi
  • Take exit 25 for TN-60 toward Cleveland/Dayton, 0.2 mi
  • Turn right onto TN-60 N/25th St NW/Georgetown Pike (signs for Dayton). Continue to follow TN-60 N/Georgetown Pike, 0.2 mi
  • Take the 1st right onto Ridgeway Dr NW, 148 ft
  • Take the 1st right onto Executive Park Northwest, 0.1 mi
  • Slight right onto Adkisson Dr. Destination will be on the left, 0.9 mi

From Tri-Cities:

  • Take I-81 S toward Knoxville
  • Take exit 1B to merge onto I-40 W toward Knoxville, 28.5 mi
  • Slight left to stay on I-40 W, 24.8 mi
  • Slight left onto I-75 S (signs for Chattanooga), 57.9 mi
  • Take exit 27 toward Paul Huff Pkwy/Cleveland, 0.3 mi
  • Turn right onto Paul Huff Parkway/Paul Huff Pkwy NW, 0.2 mi
  • Take the 3rd left onto Adkisson Dr NW. Destination will be on the right, 0.7 mi

Parking Information

For those attending graduation, you may park in any designated parking zone. Parking near the venue is limited, please arrive early if close-parking is a concern. The north parking lot in front of the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium is designated for handicapped parking.There are also handicapped parking spaces available in front of the Administration Building. Handicapped parking spaces are reserved for individuals with a state issued decal. The Cleveland State Campus Police will be present the morning of graduation if you should have any questions regarding parking.


Campus Map for 2013 Graduation

Campus Map


Interactive Map

Interactive Campus Map



There is a variety of hotels in the area around Cleveland State, but the ones listed below have extended special rates for our guests.

Special rates are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Comfort Inn & Suites

Price: $79

Special Code: Cleveland State Rate

Breakfast: Included

Address: 107 Interstate Dr Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone Number: (423) 339-1000


Douglas Inn

2 Queens: $59.99

1 King Suite: $99.99 (includes living area and kitchenette)

Mention: Cleveland State Event

Breakfast: Included

Address: 2600 Westside Drive NW  Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone Number: (423) 559-5579


Hampton Inn

Price: $94

Special Code: Cleveland State Rate

Breakfast: Included

Address: 4355 Frontage Rd Nw, Cleveland, TN, 37312

Phone Number: (423) 559-1001


Holiday Inn

King Standard: $104 (sleeps 2)

Queen Standard: $104 (sleeps 4)

Suite: $124

Breakfast: Included

Address: 4355 Holiday Inn Express Way Holiday Inn Express Way NW Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone Number: (423) 790-1199


Broadcast / Webcast

For family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony, it will be broadcast live on WTNB Channel 5 and on this page at 10 a.m.

About a week after the ceremony, DVD copies will be available in the Library.

Previous Graduation Recordings are available on our YouTube Channel.


Official Graduation Photography

GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Graduation Images can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at

Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.

A banner that says: Click here to register your email and get $5 off orders of $25 or more.

Special Needs

Special Accommodations for Graduation

Graduation is held in our gymnasium with stadium seating.  Any participants with a disability should contact Melissa VanDyke at 472-7141, ext. 427.  Any questions or concerns about guests who have special needs and are planning to attend the graduation ceremony should contact Mike Hodges, Chief of Campus Police, at 478-6236 or 618-1720. If you or a guest has special needs, please contact the appropriate person no later than April 26, 2013.

Tobacco Free Campus

Cleveland State is a Tobacco Free Campus

Cleveland State Community College implemented a tobacco free policy on campus in August of 2009. Smoking or the use of tobacco products of any type is prohibited on any property owned by, or leased and operated on behalf of, Cleveland State Community College. All guests and visitors will be encouraged to extinguish and dispose of all tobacco products on campus, including parking lots and sidewalks. Appropriate signage will be in place for explanation and clarification.

"I feel this was the right thing to do for our college," stated President Carl Hite. "Cleveland State is committed to providing our students and employees with a safe and healthy learning/working environment. The research speaks for itself in this case. Not only is smoking not good for you, second hand smoke has recently been found to be equally as bad for you. We have a strong presence of high school students on our campus every day, and cigarette butts thrown around our campus makes for some unsightly debris, not to mention smoky areas at building entrances. This is not the image we want for Cleveland State. This was definitely a step in the right direction for our college."

For more information on the tobacco free policy, contact the Office of Finance and Administration at (423) 472-7141, ext. 750.

Additional Information

Do you need additional information about graduation?

For additional information regarding commencement, please contact the Graduation Coordinator:

Amanda Stokes

(423) 472-7141, ext. 266 or 1-800-604-CSCC, ext. 266.