Graduation information

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Thank you for your interest in CCAD’s 2020 Commencement. CCAD is committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and other members of the community.

Following the guidance of state and government officials, we have canceled this year’s in-person celebration and celebrate online instead, with live streaming and social/web components. Class of 2020, friends, and family: Please keep Saturday, May 9, open on your schedule. We will be sharing updated plans for celebrating the Class of 2020’s graduation in the days to come.

For those who wish, there also will be an in-person event in the fall that will provide graduates an opportunity to walk.


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/MDes 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/MDes).
  • 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.

 

For more specific information about Commencement 2020 visit the event page

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.


 

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 Friday, May 1.

  • Library
  • Financial aid
  • Perkins (if applicable)
  • Departmental fines (if applicable)
  • Bursar

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. These are two separate loan programs. The Perkins loan exit interview can be completed by logging on to MyLoanCounseling. The Federal Direct Student Loan exit interview must be completed by logging on to StudentLoans.gov. 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 will be available at the Registrar's 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 order Jostens online. Please make sure to give Jostens at least two weeks to process individual announcement orders

Dates & deadlines

  • May 1, 2020: 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 by noon. 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.

Following the guidance of state and government officials, we have canceled this year’s in-person celebration and celebrate online instead, with live streaming and social/web components. Class of 2020, friends, and family: Please keep Saturday, May 9, open on your schedule. We will be sharing updated plans for celebrating the Class of 2020’s graduation in the days to come.

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For those who wish, there also will be an in-person event in the fall that will provide graduates an opportunity to walk.

2020 Commencement Speaker

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About Paula Scher

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 and branding systems, environmental graphics, packaging and publications for a wide range of clients that includes, among others, Citibank, Microsoft, Bloomberg, Shake Shack, the Museum of Modern Art, Tiffany & Co, the High Line, the Public Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, the Sundance Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

During the course of her career Scher has been the recipient of hundreds of industry honors and awards; she is a recipient of the National Design Award for Communication Design, the AIGA medal and the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, among others. Scher has served on the Public Design Commission of the City of New York from 2006-2015. She is an established artist exhibiting worldwide, and her designs are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum and other institutions.

She is the author of “Make It Bigger” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002) “MAPS” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011) and “Works” (Unit Editions, 2017). Scher holds a BFA from the Tyler School of Art and a Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art and Moore College of Art and Design. A documentary on her and her work can be seen in the 2017 Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design.