The 2022 Columbus College of Art & Design Commencement will be held Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at the Wexner Center for the Arts' Mershon Auditorium. The event will include remarks from President Melanie Corn, Board of Trustees Chair Jeni Britton, commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient Paula Scher, and your student representatives.

Student  Accessibility—Mershon Auditorium does not have an elevator. Main floor accessible seating is available for individuals with limited mobility or those using wheelchairs, and their companions. To make advance accessible seating arrangements or request accommodations, please email [email protected]

 2022 Event page 2022 Graduation photos President Corn's letter to Class of 2022  2022 Graduation packet Ticket information

Congrats! All that hard work paid off, and you made it. We're excited to celebrate your awesome accomplishment at commencement. But first, there are a few things you need to do.

Eligibility for graduation

In order to be eligible for graduation, you must: 

  • Complete a BFA degree with a a minimum of 120 term credit hours in required courses or complete a MFA degree with a minimum of 60 term credit hours in required courses. 
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better for a BFA degree (or 3.0 or better for an MFA).
  • Present an approved portfolio.
  • Meet the appropriate residency requirements. (See student handbook for details).
  • Complete and submit an application for graduation before the deadline for the term you intend to graduate. Seniors who fail to complete an application for graduation on time will not receive their degrees.


Meet our Valedictorian and Outstanding Seniors.

It’s on you.

Seniors are responsible for reviewing their completed coursework, with respect to graduation requirements, to ensure fulfillment of all degree requirements. This includes both your completed work at CCAD and any transfer credit from other institutions. It is your responsibility as a graduating senior to ensure that we receive all updated transcripts from other institutions prior to your last semester of attendance. All transcripts from other institutions must be addressed to the attention of the registrar.

Your division deans and faculty advisors are not responsible for ensuring that you have completed the required courses.

All candidates for graduation must have all delays of service cleared no later than two weeks prior to graduation. Any graduate with a delay of service will not receive service of any kind from CCAD, including the awarding of a degree or diploma, transcript service and other services requested. If you want to participate in the commencement ceremony and actually get your diploma during the ceremony, you must meet all deadlines, complete all academic requirements successfully and clear all delay-of-service holds.

If you're a graduating senior and you have questions regarding your requirement status, contact your advisor or division dean, or stop by the Registrar's Office.

2022 Commencement speaker 

Ruben and Isabel Toledo. Credit: Karl Lagerfeld
Paula Scher

Paula Scher
Honorary doctorate 

Paula Scher is one of the most acclaimed graphic designers in the world. She has been a principal in the New York office of the distinguished international design consultancy Pentagram since 1991, where she has designed identity systems, environmental graphics, packaging, and publications for a wide range of clients that includes, among others, the Public Theater, the Museum of Modern Art, the High Line, the Metropolitan Opera, Tiffany & Co., Citibank, and Microsoft. Scher has been the recipient of hundreds of industry honors including the National Design Award and the AIGA medal. She is an established artist exhibiting worldwide, and her designs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and other institutions. A documentary on Scher and her work can be seen in the Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design.


2022 Commencement program

Click below to view this year's commencement program. 

Commencement program


Graduate clearance checklist

Please remember that if you have any outstanding debts or have not been cleared by the offices listed below, all services will be delayed. That means you will not receive your degree, diploma or transcripts (for employment, graduate school, etc.), and all other services to you will be stopped until the problem is resolved. Please use the following checklist to ensure you have cleared all areas prior to May 7.

  • Library - [email protected]
  • Financial aid - [email protected]
  • Perkins Loan Exit counseling (if applicable) - If questions, contact University Accounting Services LLC. 1-800-558-7700
  • Departmental fines (if applicable) - Confirm with your instructor whether you have a fine that needs to be paid. If you have an unpaid fine, go to Student Central, ask to have the fine added to your account, and make payment.
  • Bursar - email [email protected]

Student loan information: All students who had Federal Direct Student Loans and/or Perkins Loans while attending CCAD must complete an exit interview with the federal government and CCAD. The Federal Direct Student Loans and Perkins Loans are two separate loan programs. The Perkins Loan exit interview can be completed by logging on to The Federal Direct Student Loan exit interview must be completed by logging on to CCAD will be notified electronically once you complete this process. 

Failure to complete the online loan exit interview process will prohibit us from giving you your degree. 

Cap, gown & commencement announcements

Your cap, gown, and generic commencement announcements, as well as commencement tickets, will be available for pickup Friday, April 15, through Friday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at Student Central in the Crane Center. In addition, there are a set number of generic announcements included in your graduation package.

If you would like to order personalized announcements at your own cost, you can call Jostens directly at 800.854.7464 or order from Jostens online. Click on Graduation, under College choose “All Products”, and then select your school. PLEASE make sure to allow at least 2 weeks processing time for Jostens for any individual announcement order.

Dates & deadlines

  • Tickets will be distributed in April as part of cap and gown pickup. Additional tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 22 at Student Central in the Crane Center. Find more details here.
  • Final grades due for May graduates will be Friday, May 6 by noon. You must complete all your degree requirements by May in order to attend commencement and graduate. We will distribute special graduate lists to faculty; however, please be sure to remind your instructors that you are a May graduate. You can check your grades online via Self Service.
  • Commencement rehearsal is Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. Students should enter through the loading dock door at the Wexner Center for the Arts’ Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St.


After graduation, access to your CCAD account and services will be discontinued. Here are the important dates you need to know:

  • 90 days after graduation, your access to Moodle, Microsoft services including Office, Teams, and OneDrive, Adobe Creative Cloud, and campus WiFi will be discontinued. You will still have access to your CCAD email and Google services including Google Drive storage.
  • 6 months after graduation, your CCAD account will be disabled, so you will no longer be able to log into your CCAD email or use Google services.


CCAD had previously been able to maintain Google accounts for students after becoming alumni because Google provided higher education institutions with unlimited storage for their services. Google, however, has decided to impose limits on digital storage for colleges and universities. Because of this, CCAD will no longer maintain alumni accounts after July 15, 2022. However, as recent graduates, you will have a grace period lasting six months after graduation.

That means that all email and data in your account and Google Drive associated with CCAD will need to be transferred to a personal email account and will no longer be available six months after graduation. Purchases made with your account and third-party integrations are not able to be transferred.

Suggested next steps:

  1. Before this change takes place, you will need to change any apps, services, websites and devices that log in using this account and transfer them to a personal account. Here are examples of what you will want to check:
    • Google account or Apple ID used on mobile devices
    • Adobe Creative Cloud (Instructions)
    • Amazon account
    • Online banking or mobile payments
    • Handshake (CCAD’s job board site)
      1. The Career Services office will have to initiate changing your username to access the Handshake job board. Please indicate what your new username email address will be here. Once changed, you will receive a notification from Handshake about how to login to your new account.
  2. Google offers free personal accounts. Sign-up information can be found here. Have more than 15 GB of data in your CCAD account? Information about upgrading your personal account with more storage can be found here
  3. If you already have a personal Google account, Google has a data migration tool called Google Takeout that will help you export all of your email and data. Follow the steps here to export your CCAD email and Google Drive data to a new Gmail account or a number of different services. You can find more detailed instructions for Google Takeout here.
  4. You can find more information and resources about the upcoming changes to alumni Google accounts here

We are available to assist with this transition and to answer any questions you may have. Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions or to get technical assistance.