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Graduation at Columbus State

You're reaching the end of your program - congratulations! Columbus State Community College holds Commencement Ceremonies two times a year, on the last Friday of Autumn and Spring Semesters. Complete the graduation application below and follow the steps provided to get ready for graduation!


Summer Semester 2019

  • Priority Application Date: Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Final Application Date: Monday, July 22, 2019
  • Graduation Ceremony: Summer graduates may attend a ceremony in December.

Autumn Semester 2019

  • Priority Application Date: Friday, September 20, 2019
  • Final Application Date: Monday, November 25, 2019
  • Graduation Ceremony: Friday, December 13, 2019

Get Ready for Graduation

Graduation Checklist

You may apply for graduation once you've completed all the criteria for your associate degree. Check your progress by running a Degree Audit on CougarWeb (make sure your major is correct.) Once that's done, complete the graduation application.

Graduation Application

Graduation Applications are processed during the semester you select to graduate. After you submit your application to graduate, you will be notified of the status of the Graduation Application by U.S. mail. You'll be asked to confirm your address when you apply for graduation - please make sure that address is correct.

If you have submitted a Graduation Application and need more information or have questions you may contact the Graduation Office via email at

Certificates: If you are completing a certificate, do not submit the Graduation Application. Your certificate is processed by the academic department.

We will communicate with you via your Columbus State student email and through the U.S. mail. Please confirm that your address is correct on your Graduation Application.

Approximately seven (7) weeks into the graduation semester, students who have applied to graduate and have confirmed their attendance to the ceremony will receive information regarding:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • The date, time and place of the ceremony
  • Ordering invitations/announcements
  • Cap and gown purchase

Order your caps and gown from the Columbus State Bookstore. The cost of the cap, gown and Columbus State tassel is $34.99. Graduates may purchase their attire at the Bookstore on the Columbus Campus or online. There is no charge for cords.

Review the Graduation Booklet

Autumn Semester 2019 Graduation Ceremony
Friday, December 13, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Celeste Center at the Ohio Expo Center

When:  Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. (Graduates should arrive at 8:30 a.m. to check in)

Where: Celeste Center- Ohio Expo Center/State Fairgrounds - 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43211

Parking: $5 event parking at the Expo Center. There will  be a re-route to help with traffic on 17th. Download the Map.

Guest Tickets: not required

Accesible Seating: provided

Interpreting & Captioning Services: provided

Photography: Bruce Heflin Photography-images available to view online after ceremony at

Commencement Speaker: TBD

RSVP: RSVP when you fill out your Graduation Application. If you forgot to RSVP, email to let us know you are coming.


Administratively Granted Degree/Auto-Graduation

Most students will complete a Graduation Application during the semester they are finishing their degree requirements.  If you missed this important step, we will process your graduation for you.  To ensure you receive credit for all your hard work, when your Degree Audit Report (DARs), which is accessible through CougarWeb, indicates that you have completed all degree requirements, your official Columbus State Community College transcript will be updated to reflect that you have graduated.

If you are eligible for graduation through this administrative process, you will receive communication from the Graduation Office notifying you of your graduation eligibility and informing you about the process to receive a diploma and attend the graduation ceremony.  If you have questions about this process, please contact

Past Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation Ceremony Programs