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When do I petition to graduate?

A student at Columbus State who is nearing completion of their degree should meet with their advisor to file a “Petition to Graduate”. Your advisor will evaluate all course work completed, review the cumulative grade point average and review courses that you are currently enrolled in to determine your eligibility to graduate. When completed, this Petition must be filed in Student Central (upper floor Madison Hall) by the following dates:

To graduate this semester File Petition by this date
Summer Semester 2017 June 9, 2017 (no ceremony is held - grads are invited to attend AU 17 ceremony)
Autumn Semester 2017 September 22, 2017
Spring Semester 2018 February 9, 2018

What if I miss the deadline to file a Petition to Graduate?

If you miss the deadline to petition, please contact your academic advisor in the Advising Center to determine your options.

Who can attend Graduation?

The Autumn Semester 2017 Graduation will be held Friday, December 15, 2017, at Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds, 717 E. 17th St.,  and is free and open to the public. Columbus State does not require tickets for your guests, as there is generous seating in the Celeste Center. Parking at the Celeste Center is available in the Fairgrounds Parking Lot for $5. Handicap accommodations are available. The College provides interpreters for the deaf  and captioning at all ceremonies.

Can't make the ceremony? Watch it live! View live stream.

Is there a rehearsal?

Columbus State does not require graduating students to attend a rehearsal for the ceremony. Instead, graduates are asked to arrive at the ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in order to allow for a briefing by the Registrar, who will instruct the graduates on the procedure for marching in the Processional, and receiving their diplomas on stage.  The Processional will start promptly at 10 a.m.

What do I wear?

congratulationsOnce you have chosen to attend the ceremony, you must order your graduation attire from the Columbus State Bookstore. The price for the cap, gown and tassel is $29.99. You can purchase your attire at the Bookstore, or order online at

Coordinators at the graduation ceremony will also have a list of those students who have earned academic honors by earning an accumulated 3.5 GPA or higher throughout the course of their degree.  Honors graduates wear an Honors Cord, which will be distributed at the ceremony when you check in for the line-up. Caps and gowns are black; the tassels are blue and white.  Sizes range from 4’10” to 7’ tall, in Regular, XL or 2XL.   

Photography at the ceremony

Columbus State contracts with Bruce Heflin Photography to do commencement photos of each graduate receiving their diploma cover from the President on stage. The photographer will also give you the opportunity to do a portrait as you leave the stage  – this is optional.  

After the ceremony, the photographer will be available to take candid photos and family portraits. All photos are immediately available for viewing on the photographer’s website, at Simply select the event name, and scroll through the images to select which photos you would like to order.

Graduation Announcements

The Columbus State Bookstore at Discovery Exchange can order your Graduation Announcements.  Diploma frames, class rings and graduate gifts are also available at the Bookstore. Visit to browse these products.