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Graduation is defined as completing all credits necessary within an academic program to earn an associate's degree or certificate.

Commencement, also known as the graduation ceremony, is the event where graduates are recognized for their academic accomplishments in front of family and friends.

Participating in the commencement ceremony does not automatically mean a student has earned a degree or certificate.

You may participate in the commencement ceremony, held in May every year, if you show that you are able to complete all of your remaining credits by the end of the following Summer semester.

Learn more about commencement requirements and ceremony details.

Graduation requirements

In order to earn an associate’s degree or certificate from Cincinnati State you must:

  • Complete course requirements according to your program’s Degree Audit Curriculum
  • Attain at least a 2.0 cumulative and program grade point average.
  • Use the graduation process (described below) to confirm the date for completion of your degree or certificate.

Degree audit curriculum

Requirements to complete a specific degree or certificate program, referred as an Academic Evaluation or Degree Audit Curriculum, are published each year in Cincinnati State’s College Catalog.

Students must fulfill the requirements of the Degree Audit Curriculum that were published in the Catalog in the year the student enrolled in the the program, unless the student has taken a break from their classes for a year or longer and has been readmitted to Cincinnati State.

You can track your progress towards your degree or certificate by reviewing a copy of your Degree Audit Curriculum found in MyServices.

Contact your academic advisor if you have questions about your Degree Audit or about the classes you should register for.

Graduation process 

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for monitoring student progress in completing degree and certificate requirements.
Students will be graduated at the end of the semester in which they complete all requirements for a degree or certificate. A student cannot reverse their graduated status after it has been conferred by the Office of the Registrar.
A student who graduates will receive his/her diploma or certificate by mail after the conclusion of the semester when requirements were completed.
Note: Graduation conferred by the Office of the Registrar is not the same as participating in the College’s annual Commencement ceremony.
Registrar’s notification to pending graduates: Students will receive email notification from the Registrar during the sixth week of the semester in which they are enrolled in the courses needed to complete their degrees or certificate. The notification will confirm that pending successful completion of those courses, the student will graduate from applicable degree or certificate programs.
If a student does not wish to graduate, for any reason, he/she may opt out for the current semester. The student will automatically be placed in the group of those eligible for graduation at the end of the next semester.
Graduation petition: Students who believe they are eligible for graduation at the end of the current semester who do not receive notification from the Office of the Registrar can complete a “Petition to Graduate” eform available through MyServices. The Registrar and the appropriate academic Program Chair will review the petition and the student will be notified of the petition outcome.
Student preparation for graduation:
During the semester when they expect to complete their final courses required for graduation, students should:

  • Check My Profile in MyServices to make sure these items are accurate:
    • academic degree and/or certificate programs
    • mailing address
  • Monitor Cincinnati State email for communication from the Registrar regarding graduation. 

Graduation Honors

Graduation Honors are awarded to graduates with high academic achievement, as follows:

  • Cum Laude: 3.500 - 3.799
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.800 - 3.899
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.900 - 4.000
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