Graduation Information

Fall 2017 Graduation Information

December 9, 2017 10:00am Delayed until 12 Noon

L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium

Information for All Fall 2017 Graduation Participants

CONGRATULATIONS!

We are pleased that you are planning to graduate from Cleveland State Community College.  The following is VERY IMPORTANT information that pertains to your graduation.  You are important to us so please read carefully!

Activity Who is involved? Dates What to do?
Graduation Exit Exam All Associate degree graduates (Exceptions are noted on your graduation evaluation)

Listed on CougarNet

Fall testing will begin in Septmeber 

Schedule your testing date by going to http://mycs.cc.testing OR from the Cleveland State website, go to “Current Students”, “Services”, and then select “Schedule a Test”. Make sure you bring your photo ID to the Testing Center on your test date!
Graduate Expo All graduates November 8, 2017 10:00 am – 1:00 pm This event will be located in the Student Center Commons. Graduates will be able to pick up his/her cap and gown, order invitations, rings, and other graduation items to mark this momentous occasion.
Honor Cords All Degree Graduates with a 3.30 GPA or Higher (Based on college level coursework at the end of the 2017 Summer Semester) November 8, 2017 - December 9 , 2017 Pick up your honor cord at the Graduate Expo! If you cannot make it to that event, they will be available in the Bookstore starting November 9th. They are FREE to those that qualify. (Only associate degrees are eligible)
PTK Stoles and Tassels PTK graduates November 8, 2017 - December 9 , 2017 The Phi Theta Kappa Society will have a table at the Graduate and Career Expo for members to purchase their regalia. If you cannot attend the Expo, you may contact Larry Burns at 614-8719 or stop by room 107 in the Library. Stoles are $24 and tassels are $10. Exact change is preferred. A limited number of these Items will also be available December 7th at the commencement rehearsal.
Caps and Gowns
(Announcements may also be purchased in the bookstore)
All graduates November 8, 2017 - December 9 , 2017 Pick up your complimentary cap and gown at the Graduate Expo on November 8th, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Starting November 9th, they will be available in the Bookstore during their normal business hours.
Commencement Rehearsal All graduates December 7, 2017 3:00 pm Report to the gym. We HIGHLY recommend that you attend so please make every effort you can to do so!
Commencement Reception All graduates, their families. December 7, 2017 3:45 pm Invite your family and friends to celebrate your achievement with you! We will serve light refreshments in the Cougar Room for everyone to enjoy.
Commencement Ceremony All graduates December 9, 2017 10:00 am Report to the Humanities Building no later than 9:15am with your cap and gown to prepare for the ceremony.

Ceremony Details

  • DIPLOMA COVERS
    Students who attend the Commencement Ceremony will receive a diploma cover. Diploma covers are ONLY available at the Commencement Ceremony.
  • WEBCAST/CEREMONY DVD
    For family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend the Commencement Ceremony, it will be broadcasted live on the Cleveland State website at 10:00am. About a week after the ceremony, DVD copies will be available in the Library. Previous graduation recordings are available on our YouTube channel.
  • PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
    GradImages will be at the Commencement Ceremony taking professional photographs for the graduates. Photo proofs will be sent to your home and to your e-mail address within 3-5 days after the commencement ceremony. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via e-mail at www.gradimages.com
  • SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS
    Graduation is held in our gymnasium with stadium seating. Any student or guest(s) that requires special accommodations should contact Juliann Mathis, Coordinator of Disability Support Services, at 473-2427.
    Any questions or concerns about special parking accommodations should contact Mike Hodges, Chief of Police, at 478-6236 or 618-1720.
    **If you or a guest are in need of interpreting services please notify Juliann Mathis no later than October 27th.
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    For additional information regarding commencement, please contact Lindsey Mowery, Assistant Registrar/Graduation Coordinator, by e-mail or phone (lmowery@clevelandstatecc.edu or 423-478-6250).

Graduation Information

  • DEGREE COMPLETION
    Participation in the commencement ceremony does not guarantee that all of your requirements have been met to graduate. You will not receive your diploma until all obligations to the school are met. Please check your CougarNet account to verify that you do not have any holds.
  • DIRECTORY INFORMATION UPDATES
    The information we have in our system is the information we will use when printing your diploma.
    • If your name has changed you will need to complete the “Update Name, SSN, or Date of Birth” form on your CougarNet account. All name changes must be submitted no later than October 28th to ensure your name is printed correctly in the program as well as on your diploma.
    • If your address has changed you will need to complete the “Update Address of Phone Number” form on your CougarNet account. If you request to have your diploma mailed we will mail it to the address we have in our system. All address changes must be submitted no later than December 7th to ensure your diploma is sent to the correct address.
  • GRADE POINT AVERAGES (GPA) AND HONORS
    The grade points received for all college level credits are averaged to determine eligibility for graduation and for honors status. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 is required to qualify for graduation. Teaching degrees (AST degrees only) require a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75.
    Degree-seeking students with a GPA of 3.30 or higher at the end of the 2017 Summer semester will receive honors status on their diploma. Honors status is based on the final college level GPA and is not determined by receipt of an honor cord for ceremony participation. (Questions regarding honor cords can be found on the table, above).
  • HOLDS ON DIPLOMAS/CERTIFICATES AND TRANSCRIPTS
    An incomplete admission’s file, unpaid parking ticket, library fine or any other obligation will place a hold on your account and will prevent you from receiving your diploma/certificate and transcript. It is recommended that you check your CougarNet account often to be aware of any possible “holds”.

Driving Directions

GPS:

  • Enter: 3535 Adkisson Drive NW, Cleveland, TN

Google Maps Driving Directions:

From Nashville:

  • Take I-24 E (signs for Chattanooga) Passing through Georgia Entering Tennessee
  • Merge onto I-75 N, 23.5 mi
  • Take exit 25 for TN-60 toward Cleveland/Dayton, 0.2 mi
  • Turn right onto TN-60 N/25th Street NW/Georgetown Pike (signs for Dayton). Continue to follow TN-60 N/Georgetown Pike, 0.2 mi
  • Take the 1st right onto Ridgeway Drive NW, 148 ft
  • Take the 1st right onto Executive Park Northwest, 0.1 mi
  • Slight right onto Adkisson Drive Destination will be on the left, 0.9 mi

From Tri-Cities:

  • Take I-81 S toward Knoxville
  • Take exit 1B to merge onto I-40 W toward Knoxville, 28.5 mi
  • Slight left to stay on I-40 W, 24.8 mi
  • Slight left onto I-75 S (signs for Chattanooga), 57.9 mi
  • Take exit 27 toward Paul Huff Pkwy/Cleveland, 0.3 mi
  • Turn right onto Paul Huff Parkway/Paul Huff Pkwy NW, 0.2 mi
  • Take the 3rd left onto Adkisson Drive NW. Destination will be on the right, 0.7 mi

Parking Information

For those attending graduation, you may park in any designated parking zone. Parking near the venue is limited, please arrive early if close-parking is a concern. The north parking lot in front of the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium is designated for handicapped parking. There are also handicapped parking spaces available in front of the Administration Building. Handicapped parking spaces are reserved for individuals with a state issued decal. The Cleveland State Campus Police will be present the morning of graduation if you should have any questions regarding parking.

Maps

 

Interactive Map

Interactive Campus Map

There is a variety of hotels in the area around Cleveland State, but the ones listed below have extended special rates for our guests.

Special rates are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Comfort Inn & Suites

Discount: 15%

Special Code: Cleveland State Rate

Free Features:

  • Hot Breakfast
  • High Speed Wireless Internet
  • Daily Newspapers and USA Today
  • Microwave, Refrigerator, Coffeemaker with coffee, Hair Dryer, Cable TV, Iron and Ironing Board in all rooms
  • Seasonal Outdoor Pool
  • 32” LCD TV
  • Business Center
  • Copy and Fax Service
  •  

Address: 107 Interstate Dr Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone Number: (423) 339-1000

Website: comfortinn.com

 

 

Clarion Hotel

Discount: 15%

Special Code: Just mention that you are with Cleveland State Community College

Room Options: Two double beds or one king bed at a nightly rate of $69.00 plus tax

Preferred Rates Valid Through: December 31, 2015

Free Features:

  • Hot breakfast buffet
  • High speed wireless Internet
  • local calls available in our guest rooms and in our breakfast area
  • daily newspapers and USA Today
  • microwave
  • refrigerator
  • coffee maker with coffee
  • hair dryer
  • cable TV
  • iron and ironing board in all rooms
  • seasonal outdoor pool
  • 32” LCD TV
  • Business Center
  • copy and fax service
  • fitness center

Address: 185 James Asbury Dr NW, Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone Number: (423) 559-1000

Website: http://www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-cleveland-tennessee-TN669

 

Douglas Inn & Suites

Price: $59.99 for a King or Queen Double room

Special Code: When making a reservation, let them know you are with a Cleveland State Event

Room Rate Include:

  • Free Hot Breakfast
  • Exercise Facility
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi and Free Business Center
  • Small refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Toiletries

Address: 2600 Westside Drive NW  Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone Number: (423) 559-5579

Website: douglasinn.net

 

Holiday Inn Express

King Standard: $99 (1 king bed)

Queen Standard: $99 (2 queen beds)

Special Code: Mention you are staying for Cleveland State Graduation

Address: 4355 Holiday Inn Express Way Holiday Inn Express Way NW Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone Number: (423) 790-1199

Website: hiexpress.com

 

Mountain View Inn

Discount: 10%

Price: $59.95 (Room with outside entrance); $64.95 (Room with inside entrance)

Special Code: Mention you are with Cleveland State

All guests have access to: pool, work-out room and buffet style breakfast

Inside entrance rooms include:

  • more square footage per room
  • an extra chair with ottoman or love seat
  • flat screen television
  • entry through the main lobby

Address: 2400 Executive Park Northwest,, Cleveland, TN 37312

Phone Number: (423) 472-1500

Website: https://reservation.magnusonhotels.com/bbe/page1.aspx?pcode=M19473

For family and friends of graduates who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony, it will be broadcast live on this page at 10 a.m.

About a week after the ceremony, DVD copies will be available in the Library.

Previous Graduation Recordings are available on our YouTube Channel.

Official Graduation Photography

GradImages is the official photographer for our Commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. GradImages can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at www.gradimages.com.

Registering your graduate with GradImages provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Giving them an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. You may also provide them with email addresses of up to six friends and family members to allow them to celebrate in the accomplishment.

Special Accommodations for Graduation

Graduation is held in our gymnasium with stadium seating.  Any student participating in the ceremony or guest who has a disability that requires special accommodations should contact Juliann Mathis, Coordinator of Disability Support Services, at 473-2427. Any questions or concerns about handicap parking should contact Mike Hodges, Chief of Campus Police, at 478-6236 or 618-1720.

If you or a guest has special needs, please contact the appropriate person no later than March 23, 2017.

Cleveland State is a Tobacco Free Campus

Cleveland State Community College implemented a tobacco free policy on campus in August of 2009. Smoking or the use of tobacco products of any type is prohibited on any property owned by, or leased and operated on behalf of, Cleveland State Community College. All guests and visitors will be encouraged to extinguish and dispose of all tobacco products on campus, including parking lots and sidewalks. Appropriate signage will be in place for explanation and clarification.

For more information on the tobacco free policy, contact the Office of Finance and Administration at (423) 472-7141, ext. 750.

Exit Exam

  • How do I make an appointment for the Exit Exam?

Spring graduates should not test before the spring semester starts. Summer graduates should not test before the summer semester starts. Spring and summer graduates will be notified once appointments are available for them. Once appointments are available, you can make a reservation by going to http://www.registerblast.com/clevelandstate/Exam. If you would rather test at the Athens Campus, please contact their Testing Center.

  • How long does it take to complete it?

It is approximately 45 minutes long.

  • How do I study for the exam?

There is no need to study for this exam. Although you will want to do your very best, there isn’t a certain score you have to make. You just have to complete it. However, if you do not take the exam seriously you will be asked to retest.

Commencement Ceremony

  • How much does it cost to participate in the Commencement Ceremony?

The cost of the cap and gown is included in your tuition. The only additional costs you would have to pay would be if you wish to purchase any extra items (class ring, invitations, souvenir tassel, etc.)

  • Is there a limit on how many guests I can bring?

No.

Diploma

  • When will I get my diploma?

As long as all requirements are met and you do not have any holds on your account, spring graduates’ diplomas will be ready June 6, 2016. Summer graduates’ diplomas will be ready September 6, 2016. Those that requested to pick up their diploma can come with a photo ID on the appropriate day or any day after during our normal hours.

  • Can I have someone else pick my diploma up for me?

Yes, but they will have to have a signed letter from you stating it is okay for them (state their name) to pick up your diploma. They will also have to show photo ID.

  • I need proof that I graduated before my diploma is ready. What do I need to do?

Degrees will be posted to students’ transcripts (excluding any issues) within a few weeks. Once posted, your transcript will show that you have graduated. You can print an unofficial transcript off of your CougarNet account.

Transcripts

  • How do I request an official transcript?

Transcript requests are made through your CougarNet account. First, click on the “My Account” tab and then click the “Request Printed Transcript” link under the “Registration Tools” box. Once the request is submitted, you can view the status by clicking the “Transcript Request Status” link.

Transcripts are provided and mailed free of charge. Please note you must notate that you would like your transcript after your degree is posted. Otherwise, it may be sent before the degree is posted to your transcript.

Many Tennessee universities have transfer scholarships for community college graduates. Some of these opportunities can be found in the Cleveland State online scholarship application.

Do you need additional information about graduation?

For additional information regarding commencement, please contact the Graduation Coordinator:

Lindsey Mowery

(423) 472-7141, ext. 250 or 1-800-604-CSCC, ext. 250.

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