Graduation at Columbus State
2020 Virtual Commencement
Congratulation to all of our 2020 graduates! Let's keep the celebration going. Our 200th Virtual Commencement is available to you, your families, friends and loved ones to share and watch any time.
Looking for your name? We've made it easy to find along with all of the elements of our commencement program. Click through to the video on Columbus State's YouTube channel to see the time codes for the program and degree presentation.
Applying for Graduation
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!
Spring Semester 2021
- Priority Application Date: Friday, February 12, 2021
- Final Application Date: Monday, April 26, 2021*
*Last day to have your name included in Spring Semester 2021 virtual commencement ceremony. If you submit your application after this date, your name will not be included in the Spring Semester 2021 virtual commencement ceremony.
- Commencement Ceremony: Sunday, May 16, 2021**
**Spring 2021 commencement will be virtual and first available for viewing May 16.
Summer Semester 2021
- Priority Application Date: Friday, June 11, 2021
- Final Application Date: Monday, July 19, 2021
- Commencement Ceremony: Summer graduates may attend a ceremony in December.
Autumn Semester 2021
- Priority Application Date: Friday, September 24, 2021
- Final Application Date: Monday, November 29, 2021
*Last day to have your name included in Autumn Semester 2021 commencement ceremony. If you submit your application after this date, your name will not be included in the Autumn Semester 2021 commencement ceremony.
- Commencement Ceremony: Friday, December 17, 2021
Spring Semester 2022
- Priority Application Date: Friday, February 11, 2022
- Final Application Date: Monday, April 25, 2022
*Last day to have your name included in Spring Semester 2022 commencement ceremony. If you submit your application after this date, your name will not be included in the Spring Semester 2022 commencement ceremony.
- Commencement Ceremony: Friday, May 13, 2022
Get Ready for Graduation
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 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 email@example.com
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 concerning graduation information.
Diplomas will be mailed 6-weeks after the semester ends. Diplomas are mailed via USPS. Please confirm that that your address is correct on your Graduation Application.
Autumn Semester 2020 Commencement Ceremony
Virtual ceremony available from this page starting 3 p.m. Dec. 20, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Graduation Ceremonies
Graduation Ceremony Programs
- Autumn Semester 2019 - December 13, 2019
- Spring Semester 2019 - May 10, 2019
- Autumn Semester 2018 - December 14, 2018