Graduation and Commencement

Commencement 2023: Sunday, May 7th. Ceremony begins at 3:00pm at the Cintas Center.

Cincinnati State’s 2023 Commencement exercises will happen Sunday, May 7th at 3:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University. 

All graduates who graduated summer of 2022, fall 2022, or spring 2023 are invited to commencement exercises.  Students slated to graduate from a degree program at the end of summer 2023 are also invited to commencement as long as they are enrolled in the last class or classes needed to graduate by the end of the summer 2023 semester. All students who plan to participate in commencement must fill out the following eForm showing intent to participate: Intent to Participate in Commencement

Driving Directions to the Cintas Center can be found here.


Tickets are required for anyone two years of age or older who wishes to watch graduates walk in commencement. Tickets are not required for graduates themselves. 

Each graduate who completes an Intent to Participate in Commencement eform is allowed 8 tickets to share with whomever they wish to invite. Tickets are free and are for general admission, not assigned seats. Tickets for commencement are available for pick-up now at our Clifton, Harrison, and Middletown campuses during regular business hours. Additional late hours for ticket pickup include:

  • Tuesday, April 26th and Wednesday, April 27th, the Registrar’s office at the Clifton campus as well as the Middletown campus will be available for ticket pick up until 6:00 p.m.  
  • Saturday, April 30th the Registrar’s office at the Clifton campus will be available for ticket pick up between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (Clifton campus only) 

Graduates need to pick up their tickets in person and bring a form of identification such as a Surge I.D. card, driver’s license, or other form of government issued I.D. Please note: the Cintas Center will not allow entrance to arena seating without a ticket. If extra tickets become available, an email with this information will be sent a few days prior to commencement.

Policies of the Cintas Center

Cincinnati State is fortunate to be able to have commencement exercises at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. The Cintas Center has its own set of policies and requirements that all must follow. Please review the Cintas Center policies of the venue.

Please note: for all graduates and guests, no bags, including camera bags, will be permitted except for clear bags and small clutch purses.

  • No broadcast style cameras will be allowed in the arena.
  • For more information and a list of prohibited and approved bags, please visit

    Caps and Gowns

    Caps and gowns and announcements should be available starting April 4. Students will need to call 513-569-1507 or stop by the bookstore to purchase. These are not available on the website at this time but can be shipped if needed.

    Prices from 2022.

    Cap/gown/tassel set: $47.00

    Individual pricing is available upon request.

    The two stoles in the picture below are sold separately for $36.00 each. 

    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.