Graduation Information

Spring and Summer 2020 Graduation Information

Friday, July 31, 2020 5:30pm

Virtual Commencement




Our Spring 2020 Commencement will be live streamed on this page as well as our Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, YouTube, and Twitch accounts.

Information for All Spring & Summer 2020 Graduates



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?
Graduation Exit Exam All Associate Degree Graduates
(Exceptions are noted on your graduation evaluation)

Spring: January - May

Summer: June - August

Schedule your testing date by going to OR from the Cleveland State website, go to “Current Students”, “Services”, and then select “Schedule a Test”. Make sure you bring your photo ID to the Testing Center on your test date!
Grad Expo All graduates

March 24, 2020

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

During this event graduates will be able to pick up his/her cap and gown, honor cords, PTK stoles and tassels and may also order invitations, rings, and other graduation items to mark this momentous occasion. It will be located in the Student Center Commons Area.
Honor Cords All Degree Graduates with a 3.30 GPA or Higher (Based on college level coursework at the end of the 2019 Fall Semester) March 25th - May 7th

Pick up your honor cord at the Graduate Expo! If you cannot make it to that event, they will be available in the Bookstore starting October 30th. They are FREE to those that qualify. (Only associate degrees are eligible)

Veteran Cords Veteran Graduates March 25th - May 7th These cords are used to recognize the graduates who have served our country in a branch of the military.
PTK Stoles and Tassels PTK graduates March 25th - May 7th Phi Theta Kappa will have a table at the Graduate Expo to purchase regalia. If you need PTK regalia after this date, Phi Theta Kappa graduates can also purchase items from Jen Marx in office U-110D. Stoles are $26 and tassels are $10. Cash only, exact change is required. A limited number of these items will
also be available December 12th at the Commencement Rehearsal.
Caps and Gowns
(Announcements may also be purchased in the bookstore)
All graduates March 25th - May 7th Pick up your complimentary cap and gown at the Grad Expo on March 24th, from 10:00 am – 1:00pm. Starting March 25th, they will be available in the Bookstore during their normal business hours.
Commencement Rehearsal All graduates May 7th 3:00pm Report to the gym. We HIGHLY recommend that you attend so please make every effort you can to do so!
Commencement Reception All graduates, their families. May 7th 3:45pm Invite your family and friends to celebrate your achievement with you! We will serve light refreshments for everyone to enjoy.
Commencement Ceremony All graduates May 8th 5:30pm

Report to the Humanities Building no later than 4:45pm with your cap and gown to prepare for the ceremony. DO NOT bring any personal belongings with you to the Humanities Building!!

Check your address All graduates

Spring: June 12th

Summer: August 19th

  • If your address has changed you will need to complete the “Update Address or Phone Number” form on CougarNet. All address changes must be submitted no later than June 12th for Spring grads and August 19th for Summer grads.
Diploma Pick-Up All Graduates

Spring: June 8th-12th

Summer: August 17th-21st

If all requirements have been met diplomas will be available for pick up in the Enrollment Services Center during the dates listed above. Any diploma not picked up will be mailed the following week to the address we have on file. The Graduation Coordinator will notify you if diplomas are ready prior to the advertised date.

Diplomas are not distributed at the ceremony!


    Students who attend the Commencement Ceremony will receive a diploma cover. Diploma covers are ONLY available at the Commencement Ceremony and are not available for purchase. 

Driving Directions


  • Enter: 3535 Adkisson Drive 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 Street NW/Georgetown Pike (signs for Dayton). Continue to follow TN-60 N/Georgetown Pike, 0.2 mi
  • Take the 1st right onto Ridgeway Drive NW, 148 ft
  • Take the 1st right onto Executive Park Northwest, 0.1 mi
  • Slight right onto Adkisson Drive 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 Drive 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

Commencement 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

Discount: 15%

Special Code: Cleveland State Rate

Free Features:

  • Hot Breakfast
  • High Speed Wireless Internet
  • Daily Newspapers and USA Today
  • Microwave, Refrigerator, Coffeemaker with coffee, Hair Dryer, Cable TV, Iron and Ironing Board in all rooms
  • Seasonal Outdoor Pool
  • 32” LCD TV
  • Business Center
  • Copy and Fax Service

Address: 107 Interstate Dr Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone Number: (423) 339-1000




Clarion Hotel

Discount: 15%

Special Code: Just mention that you are with Cleveland State Community College

Room Options: Two double beds or one king bed at a nightly rate of $69.00 plus tax

Preferred Rates Valid Through: December 31, 2015

Free Features:

  • Hot breakfast buffet
  • High speed wireless Internet
  • local calls available in our guest rooms and in our breakfast area
  • daily newspapers and USA Today
  • microwave
  • refrigerator
  • coffee maker with coffee
  • hair dryer
  • cable TV
  • iron and ironing board in all rooms
  • seasonal outdoor pool
  • 32” LCD TV
  • Business Center
  • copy and fax service
  • fitness center

Address: 185 James Asbury Dr NW, Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone Number: (423) 559-1000



Douglas Inn & Suites

Price: $59.99 for a King or Queen Double room

Special Code: When making a reservation, let them know you are with a Cleveland State Event

Room Rate Include:

  • Free Hot Breakfast
  • Exercise Facility
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi and Free Business Center
  • Small refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Toiletries

Address: 2600 Westside Drive NW  Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone Number: (423) 559-5579



Holiday Inn Express

King Standard: $99 (1 king bed)

Queen Standard: $99 (2 queen beds)

Special Code: Mention you are staying for Cleveland State Graduation

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

Phone Number: (423) 790-1199



Mountain View Inn

Discount: 10%

Price: $59.95 (Room with outside entrance); $64.95 (Room with inside entrance)

Special Code: Mention you are with Cleveland State

All guests have access to: pool, work-out room and buffet style breakfast

Inside entrance rooms include:

  • more square footage per room
  • an extra chair with ottoman or love seat
  • flat screen television
  • entry through the main lobby

Address: 2400 Executive Park Northwest,, Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone Number: (423) 472-1500


For family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony, it will be broadcast live at 10 a.m. on this page, Facebook, Twitter/Periscope, YouTube, and

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. GradImages 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.

Special Accommodations for Graduation

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 5:00pm. Any student or guest(s) that requires special accommodations should contact:

Juliann Mathis
Coordinator of Disability Support Services

**If you or a guest are in need of interpreting services please notify Juliann Mathis no later than March 27th.

Any questions or concerns about special parking accommodations should contact:

Campus Police
423-478-6236 or 423-618-1720.

Cleveland State is a Tobacco Free Campus

Cleveland State Community College implemented a tobacco free policy on campus in August of 2009. Use of Tobacco Products on Campus: Smoking or the use of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, or any device that produces a vapor 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 refrain from using any tobacco products on campus including parking lots and sidewalks.  Appropriate signage will be in place for explanation and clarification.

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

Exit Exam

  • How do I make an appointment for 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.

  • How long does it take to complete it?

It is approximately 45 minutes.

  • How do I study for the exam?

There is no need to study for this 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.

Commencement Ceremony

  • How much does it cost to participate in the Commencement Ceremony?

The cost of the cap and gown is included in your tuition. The only additional costs you would have to pay would be if you wish to purchase any extra items (class ring, invitations, souvenir tassel, etc.)

  • Is there a limit on how many guests I can bring?



  • When will I get my diploma?

Spring Grads: June 8th - 12th

Summer Grads: August 17th - 21st

If all requirements have been met diplomas will be available for pick up in the Enrollment Services Center during the dates listed above. Any diploma not picked up will be mailed the following week to the address we have on file. The Graduation Coordinator will notify you if diplomas are ready prior to the advertised date.

  • Can I have someone else pick my diploma up for me?

If you have not already indicated this info on your intent, the authorized person will have to have a signed letter from you stating it is okay for them (state their name) to pick up your diploma. They will also have to show photo ID.

  • I need proof that I graduated before my diploma is ready. What do I need to do?

Degrees will be posted to students’ transcripts (excluding any issues) within a couple of weeks after grades are processed. Once posted, your transcript will show that you have graduated. You can print an unofficial transcript or request an official copy on your CougarNet account.


  • How do I request an official transcript?

Transcript requests are made through your CougarNet account. First, click on the “My Account” tab and then click the “Request Printed Transcript” link under the “Registration Tools” box. Once the request is submitted, you can view the status by clicking the “Transcript Request Status” link.

Transcripts are provided and mailed free of charge. Please note you must indicate on your request that you would like  your transcript after your degree is posted.  Otherwise, it may be sent before the degree is posted to your transcript and a new request will be required.

Many Tennessee universities have transfer scholarships for community college graduates. Some of these opportunities can be found in the Cleveland State online scholarship application.

Do you need additional information about graduation?

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

Lindsey Mowery

(423) 478-6250 or 1-800-604-CSCC, ext. 250.


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