Commencement

Sunday, May 7, 2017| 3:00 p.m. | Cintas Center

Commencement Requirements

In order to participate in the Commencement ceremony at Cincinnati State you must:

  • File a Petition to Graduate in MyServices by the appropriate deadline.
  • Complete the Intent to Participate form posted in MyServices in January of each year by the appropriate deadline.
  • Meet with your advisor if your Academic Evaluation (Degree Audit) Program Status is not Pending (Anticipated Complete).

Frequently Asked Questions:

When should I apply for graduation?

Can I participate in the commencement ceremony?

How do I sign up to walk at Commencement?

I’m graduating at the end of Summer Semester. What can I do?

What if I plan to continue enrollment at the College after I graduate?

How do I get graduation honors?

Where is the commencement ceremony held?

Do my guests need tickets to attend?

Where can we park?

How can I get my cap and gown, and how much will it cost?

Can I order graduation announcements?

When is rehearsal?

Are photos taken during the ceremony?

When will I receive my diploma or certificate?

I have more questions. Who can I ask?

When Should I apply for graduation?

You should apply for graduation by completing the Petition to Graduate eform no later than the first week of classes of your last semester. The best way to know when you should petition is to run a Degree Audit after you complete registration for what you believe is your last semester. If you see Program Status: Pending (Anticipated Complete) near the top of the first page, you should petition. See your advisor if it does not show Pending (Anticipated Complete) and you believe you are registering for your final classes.

Can I participate in the commencement ceremony?

These questions should be addressed with your Academic Advisor. Your Academic Advisor makes the determination as to when you have met all requirements and whether you are eligible to participate in the May ceremony.

You may participate in the ceremony if you will satisfactorily complete all requirements for an associate’s degree during or before the Spring semester immediately preceding commencement, or you can complete all remaining degree requirements during the Summer semester immediately following commencement. The ability to complete requirements in Summer semester is defined as needing no more than 15 credits, which may include the final cooperative education, clinical, or internship placement. If you are graduating in a certificate program you may participate in the ceremony if your certificate requires thirty (30) or more credits and you complete all requirements during or before the Spring semester immediately preceding commencement.

How do I sign up to walk at Commencement?

If you are eligible to participate in Commencement (see above), you must complete the Intent to Participate in Commencement eform in MyServices under My Academic Planning. This form is available in MyServices at the beginning of the Spring semester.

I’m graduating at the end of Summer semester. What can I do?

Only if you are completing an associate’s degree and will complete graduation requirements during the Summer semester immediately following commencement, then you should petition to graduate and complete the Intent to Participate in Commencement eform in MyServices no later than one month prior to the Commencement ceremony.

What if I plan to continue enrollment at the College after I graduate?

It is very important that you complete a Double Major or Add-On Certificate/Degree form online at www.cincinnatistate.edu prior to graduation if you plan to continue enrollment the following semester. Your financial aid eligibility ends immediately after you graduate unless you are admitted to a new major. Failure to apply and be admitted to the new major before you graduate may result in a full semester of financial aid ineligibility.

Kentucky residents with tuition reciprocity will lose this eligibility effective with the semester following graduation unless they are enrolled effective with the next semester in a new major leading to an associate’s degree. Certificate programs are ineligible for Kentucky tuition reciprocity.

How do I get graduation honors?

Associate's degree candidates who earn at least 30 credit hours at Cincinnati State and achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher will graduate with honors. Honors are classified as follows:

Cum Laude 3.50 to 3.79
Magna Cum Laude 3.80 to 3.89
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 to 4.00

Honors designations in the printed commencement program are based on GPA calculations at the end of the Fall semester. Official honor designations will appear on the student’s official academic transcript after graduation processing. Honor cords are only distributed at Commencement.

Where is the commencement ceremony held?

The Cincinnati State Commencement ceremony is held in the Cintas Center at Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave. , Cincinnati, Ohio 45212. www.cintascenter.com

Do my guests need tickets to attend?

The Cincinnati State Commencement ceremony is open to the public. No tickets are required.

Where can we park?

The Cintas Center features 2,150 spaces around the building with another 1,200 spaces within a short walking distance. There is never a parking fee charged to attendees at a Cintas Center event. www.cintascenter.com/directions

How can I get my cap and gown, and how much will it cost?

Caps and gowns for commencement are available for purchase off-the-rack at the Cincinnati State bookstore. A variety of sizes are available, and the bookstore's knowledgeable staff will be available to help you find what you need. The cost of a cap, gown, and tassel is approximately $50.

Can I order graduation announcements?

Absolutely! the Cincinnati State bookstore will have graduation announcements available for purchase. Announcements cost approximately $15.00 per pack of ten.

When is rehearsal?

Cincinnati State has no general rehearsal for commencement. Detailed instructions are mailed to all participating students prior to the ceremony.

Are photos taken during the ceremony?

Cincinnati State has asked Grad Images to provide photographic services for the Commencement ceremony. Photographers will be in positions to take photos of graduates in three locations: before going on stage, on stage and after leaving the stage (portrait).

Grad Images will send graduates a passport-sized photo proof with the opportunity to select from a variety of photo packages, with no obligation to purchase.

Because so many graduates take advantage of this offer, the College provides the names and addresses of graduates who participate in the Commencement ceremony to Grad Images. Grad Images has agreed that it will not sell or provide this information to another company for any purpose.

When will I receive my diploma or certificate?

Diplomas and certificates are mailed four to six weeks after the Commencement ceremony. Please make sure your address is correct in MyServices under My Profile. Your official transcript is updated with the degree or certificate received and the date conferred the day after grades are posted for the semester, as long as your degree audit Program Status is Complete.

Questions?

Don't hesitate to ask. Questions of a specific nature should be referred as follows:

Caps, gowns, announcements, and supplies Follett Bookstore 513-569-1507
Graduation ceremony arrangements Registrar Office 513-569-1522
Financial obligations Cashier's Office 513-569-1580
Academic deficiencies, graduation audit,and eligibility to participate Your program chair Division Office

Participating in Commencement is not meant to imply that a student has earned his or her degree from Cincinnati State. A degree audit determines graduation status. Students who have petitioned to graduate in Summer will be notified of their eligibility to participate in early April.

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