Graduation and Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Commencement 2021

Congratulations students! The faculty and staff of the College could not be prouder of all you have accomplished. Along with the usual trials and challenges that accompany education, you succeeded during a pandemic and with part of the Main campus shut down.

The commencement 2021 celebration video, produced by local videographers Storyocity, contains honorary degree recipients, greetings from faculty and special guests, and the list of fall 2020 and spring 2021 graduates.


Commencement Program

The 2021 Commencement Program is downloadable or can be picked up in the brochure rack next to the Registrar’s Office on campus.

Caps and Gowns

Students who wish to purchase caps and gowns can do so through the College’s bookstore. Students who choose to participate in the drive-thru event are not expected to be in regalia; however, we recognize that some students will want to have these items as memorabilia. Orders can be placed by calling the bookstore at 513-569-1507.  See below for an example of regalia that can be purchased through the bookstore.

  • Cap/Gown/Tassel set: $47.00
  • Cap alone: $10
  • Tassel alone: $5
  • Gown alone: $33

Stoles are sold separately from the bundle: $36 each/either style (all listed prices are before tax).

Additional instructions will be sent via email and uploaded to this website.  Questions regarding this year’s hybrid celebration can be emailed to

What is Graduation?

Graduation is defined as completing all credits necessary within an academic program to earn a Cincinnati State bachelor’s degree, 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 no later than the end of the Summer semester in the same year as the Commencement ceremony. 

Graduation Honors are awarded to graduates with high academic achievement, as follows:
Cum Laude
Magna Cum Laude
Summa Cum Laude

Graduation Requirements

In order to earn a Bachelor’s Degree, 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. 

Graduation Process

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

Students must fulfill the requirements of the Degree Audit Curriculum as published in the Catalog in the year the student enrolled in the program, unless the student has taken a break from 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 (requires login). 

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

Degree Audit

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 the 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:  

  1. Academic degree and/or certificate programs 
  2. Up-to-date mailing address 
  3. Monitor Cincinnati State email for communication from the Registrar regarding graduation.  

The 2020 Commencement was held virtually due to the pandemic.

To view the virtual commencement click on the video.