Graduation 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 minimum of 120 term credit hours in required courses.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  • 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.

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 One-Stop Student Services Office.

Cap, gown and commencement announcements
Your cap, gown and generic commencement announcements will be available at the One-Stop Student Services Office about two weeks before the end of the term. We will send you an email announcing the pick-up date. 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 visit Please make sure to give Jostens at least two weeks to process individual announcement orders.

Seats for the commencement ceremony will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. No seats will be reserved except in the case of handicapped guests (including one additional family member to assist the guest). If you need reserved seating for a handicapped guest and did not request it on your graduation application form, please contact the One-Stop Student Services Office today.

CCAD will also obtain a sign-language interpreter for deaf guests who need assistance. However, if you did not indicate this on your graduation application, please inform the One-Stop Student Services Office as soon as possible, so that we can make special arrangements for you and your guests.

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 1.

  • Library Clearance
  • Financial Aid Clearance
  • NDSL/Perkins Clearance (see Bursar)
  • Shop Clearance
  • Bursar Clearance

Dates & Deadlines

  • May 1, 2016: Final grades due for May graduates. You must complete all your degree requirements by May in order to attend commencement and graduate. Your grades are due from the faculty on Friday, May 1. 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.
  • May 9: President’s dinner for MFA graduates. Students will receive an invitation via their CCAD email account.
  • May 10: President’s Party for BFA graduates. Students will receive an invitation via their CCAD email account.
  • May 13, 1:30 p.m.: Commencement Rehearsal. The rehearsal will begin in the lower-level rehearsal area of the Palace Theatre (34 W. Broad St.). You must arrive in the rehearsal area by 1:30 p.m. You will not need your cap, gown or hood for the rehearsal. However, you must pick up all these items prior to rehearsal day. During the rehearsal, we will show you the proper manner for wearing this apparel, particularly the hood.
  • May 14, 9 a.m.: Graduates must be in the Palace Theatre's lower-level rehearsal area.
  • May 14, 10 a.m.: Commencement Ceremony.