The beginning of your journey as a new CCA alum is quickly approaching!
To help you prepare for this exciting milestone, please take a moment to review and complete all of the steps outlined below.
Difference between Graduation & Commencement
Graduation is a student's completion of all of their academic requirements as recorded on their official transcript and bestowed a diploma. Only eligible graduating students will have the opportunity to participate in commencement.
The graduation fee is $100. This is a one-time-only fee that applies whether you choose to attend the commencement ceremony. The fee covers the administrative process of your graduation form and the printing and certified mailing of your diploma.
Should you choose to participate in the commencement ceremony, the college is committed to celebrating new alums by covering the costs of the ceremony and reception, gown and tam rentals, and various printings provided to every eligible graduating student.
November 16, 2015 (all eligible students must complete the Graduation Information form on WebAdvisor)
Steps Toward Commencement
Step 1: Confirm your graduation eligibility.
Students are eligible to participate in the college's commencement ceremony only when the following requirements have been met:
- Enrollment in all degree requirements by fall 2015 or spring 2016
- Confirmation of degree candidacy
- Confirmation of good financial standing (made by the Student Accounts Office)
- Required exit-loan interview (expect an email in April from the Financial Aid Office for dates and times)
*Information for Dual-Degree Students.
Step 2: Complete the WebAdvisor Graduation Information form.
Students must check and update their graduation information regularly, accessible through the main page WebAdvisor. If you are eligible to participate but are unable to access the Graduation Information form, visit Student Records immediately.
Step 3: Order your Gown through the Herff Jones's website.
Students participating in the commencement ceremony must order their gown online to be picked up on campus Wednesday, May 11, or Thursday, May 12.
Step 4: Collect your tickets (beginning April 11).
Announcements and tickets must be collected from the Student Affairs Office on the campus you indicated on the WebAdvisor graduation information screen.
Step 5: Nominate a student speaker.
Graduating students nominate a graduate and undergraduate student to speak at the commencement ceremony.
Step 6: Nominate an honorary doctorate recipient
Faculty, students, alumni, and the Board of Trustees nominate members of the artistic or civic communities to be considered for the honorary doctorate of fine arts selection process to be recognized at the commencement ceremony.
Step 7: Exhibit your work
Graduate students will participate through their individual programs. Undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Baccalaureate Exhibition.
Step 8: Collect your tam and gown (May 11 & 12)
All commencement apparel must be collected from the campus you indicated on the Herff-Jones online ordering form. For the exact pickup location, please refer to emails sent by the Commencement Planning Committee.
No commencement rehearsal will occur.
Diplomas were designed by faculty and alum Michael Vanderbyl. The Student Records Office mails diplomas via certified mail to the domestic address submitted on the WebAdvisor Graduation Information Screen.
Diplomas cannot be mailed internationally; therefore, students must make special delivery arrangements themselves to have their signed diplomas sent outside the United States.
Diplomas and official transcripts are available only to those graduating students who have met all academic requirements and deadlines and whose financial account with the college is in good standing.
All borrowed publications, equipment, or supplies must be returned to the lending office or program, including ceremonial tams, gowns, and hoods (for master's degree recipients).
We are pleased to offer CCA diploma frames that are gray and black and include a gold embossing of the college's name. Framing Success was chosen as the college's provider for its ongoing commitment to the environment.
A variety of styles are offered, and all hardwood frames are made with Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®)-certified wood from well-managed forests. The unique custom frame design allows for easy document insertion, so there’s no need to send your diploma.
Students can now display their accomplishments with college rings from Herff Jones. There are numerous combinations that allow you to customize your class ring to be reflective of your accomplishments while at CCA.
Resources for Graduating Students
Career Development makes available valuable student and alumni professional services that embody the college's goal to equip students and alumni with the confidence and tools to assert themselves, their work, and their roles as cultural leaders in the world.
International Student Affairs and Programs (ISAP)
International students with F-1 status may be eligible to seek permission to work in the United States for up to 12 months beyond graduation. If interested in applying, contact International Student Affairs and Programs (ISAP) Office as soon as possible.
Graduating students automatically become members of the CCA Alumni Association. Membership benefits include social, networking, and career opportunities as well as access to campus libraries.
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