Graduation Information

Join us Saturday, April 2nd,  for the Grad Party Drive Thru anytime between 9am and 11am! The event will take place in the Admin Plaza.

During this event, graduates will receive their regalia including cap and gown, honor cord and/or military recognition cord and complimentary Alumni t-shirt. PTK regalia will NOT be available for purchase at this event.

 

The plan is really simple! You will pull up in your vehicle, give us your name and we will gather your items for you. You will never leave your car!

 

The Grad Party Drive Thru event for graduates is RSVP ONLY!! This is the only way your regalia will be available on April 2nd. If you do not RSVP, we will NOT have your regalia at this event!                     

 

Graduates MUST RSVP by Friday, March 25th!

 

In case of inclement weather, this event will be rescheduled for Saturday, April 9th. Graduates
will be notified by email on Friday, April 1st if the event is going to be rescheduled.

If graduates are unable to attend the day of the event, graduates can pick up their cap and gown from the Bookstore during normal hours beginning the Monday following the event - May 5th. You will be notified by email once your regalia is available in the Bookstore

Exit Exam
All Associate degree graduates are required to take the Exit Exam. In order to test at the Cleveland
campus, you must make a reservation through your CougarNet account. In order to test at the
Athens campus, you must contact their Testing Center at 423-472-7141 ext. 463. You should
complete this requirement in the same semester you plan to graduate. Please do not test early.
Exit Exams must be completed prior to final exams. Be sure to take a photo ID to the Testing Center
on your test date.

Fall Grads: August – December
Spring Grads : January – May
Summer Grads : June – August


o To complete the Exit Exam, you can make a reservation by going to your CougarNet account and
clicking on the Academics Tab. Then, look for the Testing Center Reservations link at the bottom
left of the screen. If you would rather test at the Athens Campus, please contact their Testing
Center at 423-745-8486. There is also an option to test at home. You will need to email the Testing
Center at testing@clevelandstatecc.edu to register.

o There is no need to study for this approximately 45 minute exam. Although you will want to do your
very best, there isn’t a certain score you have to make. You just have to complete it. However, if
you do not take the exam seriously you will be asked to retest.

Program Test
Some departments require a separate Program Test. This is notated on your Intent to Graduate
form if your degree requires this test. If you have already completed the Program Test previously,
you do not have to complete it again. This test does not fulfill the Exit Exam requirement.
Please contact the appropriate departmental secretary with any questions about the Program Test.

Caps & Gowns
Caps and gowns will be available at the Grad Party Drive Thru on Saturday, April 2nd.
Graduates MUST RSVP for this event in order to pick up their regalia! If graduates are unable to attend the day of the event, graduates can pick up their cap and gown from the Bookstore during normal hours beginning the Monday following the event - May 5th. There is no charge for the initial set of caps and gowns.
Replacement sets will be $35 plus tax. 
There will be no regalia pickup on May 6th! 

Mortarboards
The College welcomes the opportunity for students to celebrate this milestone in their lives by
decorating their mortarboard. However, we ask that discretion be used by not displaying
profanities, political messages, advertisements, inappropriate decorations, or phrases. The
College reserves the right to examine the mortarboard and if deemed inappropriate, ask the
graduate to either revise or totally remove the mortarboard. Items should not hang off the sides
of the mortarboard and 3-D objects should not be attached. If the mortarboard is deemed
inappropriate, the graduate will not be permitted to participate in the ceremony. 

Honor Cords
Graduates are eligible for an honor cord if they are earning an AA, AS, AFA, or AAS degree and
their overall GPA at the end of the Fall 2021 Semester is at least 3.30. Certificate students are
not eligible for an honor cord. Honor cords will be available when picking up your cap and gown.
Graduates must show a photo ID in order to pick up their honor cord. Each eligible graduate will be
given one honor cord free of charge. Replacement honor cords will be available to purchase in the
Bookstore for $12.


3.80 - 4.00 Highest Honors: White & Gold
3.60 - 3.79 High Honors Light: Blue & Gold
3.30 - 3.59 Honors: Navy & Gold



PTK
Phi Theta Kappa members have the option to purchase honors stoles and tassels to wear with
their regalia. The Cleveland State Business Office and the Athens Front Desk sell stoles for $26
and tassels for $10. They both accept credit card and check, and the Cleveland Business office will
also accept cash. NJCAA (athletic), STEM, and Nursing stoles are also available at the PTK.org
Store for $35 + shipping. Please contact Dr. Michele Wollert at ptk@clevelandstatecc.edu
for more information.


Military Recognition
Graduates who are currently serving, or who have served honorably, in the Armed Forces are
eligible for this recognition. Please contact Mark Wilson in Veterans Services at
mwilson@clevelandstatecc.edu to ensure your eligibility has been recorded. Cleveland State
prides itself on being a veteran friendly campus.

Military Recognition Cord: Red, White & Blue

  •  Commencement Ceremony
    The college will host its Spring Commencement Ceremony in the L. Quentin Lane
    Gymnasium.

    Friday, May 6, 2022 at 5:30 pm 
    Gymnasium Opens for Guests – 3:45 pm
    Graduates Arrive – 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    * Protocols,  could change and will be determined based upon COVID-19 cases.

    Graduates should report to the south entrance of the Student Center wearing their regalia for check-in. Once checked in graduates will be directed to their appropriate line up area. Please do not bring any
    personal belongings with you! We will not lock the building doors! Graduates will be lined up
    within their Career Community. Also, please note that graduates will not be permitted to have
    small children with them in the lineup area or during the ceremony and therefore they should
    remain in the care of family/friends. No food or drinks will be allowed in the lineup area or in the
    ceremony. Guests should report directly to the gymnasium. 
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    Commencement Tickets

Ticket Pick Up:

Dates: Saturday, April 30th
Time: 9am - 11am
Location: (Student Center Commons)

Dates: Monday, May 2nd and Tuesday, May 3rd
Time: 8:30am-4:00pm
Location: Enrollment Services Center (Main Campus)

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      • Each graduate will receive 4 tickets ONLY! 
      • Each guest is required to have a ticket…regardless of age!
  • Graduates will be required to pick up their own tickets & their show a photo ID. Tickets will not be released to another party/individual!
  • No tickets will be mailed! 
    • Lost or misplaced tickets will not be replaced! 
    • No additional tickets can be purchased!
There will be no ticket pick up the day of the event!

If any extra tickets are available, graduates will be contacted on May 4 with more information. If available, these tickets would be given on a first come first served basis.

 Commencement Photographer
GradImages will be at the Commencement Ceremony taking professional photographs. 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. GradImages can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email
at www.gradimages.com. Registering 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.
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  •  Ceremony Viewing Options
    For family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend the Commencement Ceremony, it
    will be broadcast live on the CSCC website on Friday, May 6th at 5:30 pm. A week after the ceremony, DVD copies will be available in the Library. Previous graduation recordings are available on our YouTube channel.
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  •  Special Accommodations

    Disability Services

    Graduation is held in our gymnasium with stadium seating. Reserved seating on the floor is
    available upon request. Reserved seats will only be held until 30 minutes prior to the ceremony
    beginning. Any student or guest(s) that requires special accommodations should contact:

    Juliann Mathis
    Coordinator of Disability Support Services
    423-473-2427
    jmathis02@clevelandstatecc.edu

    Parking
    Any questions or concerns about special parking accommodations should contact:
    Campus Police 423-478-6236 or 423-618-1720

Degree Completion
Please note that participation in the Commencement Ceremony does not guarantee that you will
receive a diploma. You will not receive your diploma until all degree requirements and obligations
are met. Please check your CougarNet account to verify that you do not have any holds.

  Grade Point Averages
The grade points received for all college level credits earned at Cleveland State
are averaged to determine eligibility for graduation and for honors status.
Transfer courses do not count toward the GPA. A minimum grade point average
(GPA) of 2.00 is required to qualify for graduation.

Holds
Any holds on your account will prevent you from receiving your diploma/certificate and transcript. It
is recommended that you check your CougarNet account for any possible holds as soon as
possible.


Diploma Covers
Diploma covers are ONLY available to those who participate in the Commencement Ceremony and
are not available for purchase. 

Pick Up
We are now offering diploma pickup at our new McMinn Higher Education Center (MHEC) in Athens as well the Enrollment Services Center in Cleveland. Your pick up location will be based on what you indicated on your Intent to Graduate form. If you need to make a change to your pick up location you need to notify the Lindsey Mowery (lmowery@clevelandstatecc.edu) no later than May 6th!

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Spring: June 6th- 9th

Main Campus (Cleveland): Diplomas will be available for pick up in the Enrollment Services Center. Any diploma not picked up, will be mailed to the address on file. 

 

MHEC (Athens): Diplomas will be available for pick up in the CSCC Suite at MHEC. Any diploma not picked up, will be sent back to the Main Campus to be mailed. This will cause a delay in mailing your diploma. 

 

Mailed: Any Spring diploma not picked up between June 6th-9th will be mailed to the address we have on file Monday, June 13th. If your address is not updated and your diploma is mailed to the wrong address, you will be subject to a $10 replacement diploma fee. 

 

The Graduation Coordinator will notify you if diplomas are ready prior to the advertised date. Diplomas are not distributed during the ceremony!

 

Summer: August 29th - September 1st

Main Campus (Cleveland): Diplomas will be available for pick up in the Enrollment Services Center. Any diploma not picked up, will be mailed to the address on file.

MHEC (Athens): Diplomas will be available for pick up in the CSCC Suite at MHEC. Any diploma not picked up, will be sent back to the Main Campus to be mailed. This will cause a delay in mailing your diploma. 

 

Mailed: Any Summer diploma not picked up between August 29th - September 1st will be mailed to the address we have on file Tuesday, September 6th. If your address is not updated and your diploma is mailed to the wrong address, you will be subject to a $10 replacement diploma fee. 

 The Graduation Coordinator will notify you if diplomas are ready prior to the advertised date. Diplomas are not distributed during the ceremony!

 If you need another person to pick up your diploma and have not already indicated this on your

intent, you will need to email records@clevelandstatecc.edu from your CougarNet email ONLY.

The email must include the authorized person’s full name along with your permission to pick up the

diploma in order for us to release it. They will also have to show a photo ID.

 Degrees will be posted to students’ transcripts (excluding any issues) by:

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Spring: May 20th
Summer: August 17th

Once posted, your transcript will show that you have graduated. You can print an unofficial

transcript or request an official copy through your CougarNet account. See Transcripts on how to request your official transcript.

The information we have in our system is the information we will use for all graduation printing.

Name Changes
If your legal name has changed, you will need to complete the “Update Name, SSN, or Date of
Birth” form on CougarNet: My Account / Registration Tools & Forms / Records Forms. This ensures
your name is correct on your diploma as well as in the Commencement program.
All name changes must be submitted no later than November 10, 2021!

Address Changes
If your address has changed, you will need to complete the “Update Address or Phone Number”
form on CougarNet: My Account / Registration Tools & Forms / Records Forms.  If your address
is not updated and diploma is mailed to the wrong address, you will be subject to a $10
replacement diploma fee.
Fall: January 12th
 Transcript requests are made through CougarNet: My Account / Registration Tools & Forms /
Transcript Information / Request Printed Official Transcript. This will link you to the National
Student Clearinghouse where the request can be submitted. Once the request is submitted, you
can view the status by clicking the “Track Existing Transcript Order” link.

 Transcripts are provided electronically through the National Student Clearinghouse. Please note
you must indicate on your request that you would like your transcript after your degree is posted. 
Otherwise, it will be sent before the degree is posted to your transcript and a new request will be
required.

Graduation Questions: Ceremony Specific

Contact: Casi Hodges
Email: chodges@clevelandstatecc.edu
  
*Ceremony Information
  *Program Ordering

Graduation Questions: Course Requirements/Degree Information

Contact: Lindsey Mowery
Email: lmowery@clevelandstatecc.edu
*Intent to Graduate Form
*Regalia and Honor Cords
*GPA
*Diploma Information

 Exit Exam

Contact: Testing Center
Email: testing@clevelandstatecc.edu

Program Test
Contact: Departmental Secretary

 PTK

Contact: Michele Wollert
Email: ptk@clevelandstatecc.edu

 Military Recognition

Contact: Mark Wilson
Email: mwilson@clevelandstatecc.edu

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