Graduation Commencement Ceremony 2014
Friday, May 16, 7 pm
Aldrich Arena, 1850 White Bear Avenue North, Maplewood, MN
Century holds one graduation ceremony each year in May. You may walk in the spring ceremony,
even if you apply to graduate in fall or summer semesters.
- Any student who has applied for graduation is eligible to participate in the graduation commencement
- A letter of invitation will be sent in April.
- In order to participate in the ceremony, you
must return this RSVP form by the date requested.
Due to seating capacity limitations, each graduate planning to attend will receive a maximum of five general admission guest tickets.
- Tickets are provided with the purchase of the diploma cover in the Bookstore (West 1240).
- Tickets are required for guests.
- You may exchange tickets with friends and classmates.
Seating is available for people with disabilities at Aldrich Arena; however, due to limited space, the rest of your
party will need to be seated in another area. Use the East entrance for accessible seating drop-off
and be sure to arrive early to guarantee room is available. Ushers will help find appropriate seating.
For accommodation questions, contact the Access Center at 651.779.3477, or email
Caps and gowns are worn by students, faculty, staff and administrators. You may purchase caps, gowns, tassels,
diploma covers and graduation announcements at the Century College Bookstore, 651.779.3284, either in person or online
for approximately $36, beginning the end of April through graduation day.
All students will receive one tassel with their cap and gown.
Various tassels and graduation memorabilia mean different things:
- Students who have served in the military will be given a red, white and blue tassel.
- Phi Theta Kappa students may purchase a graduation stole and gold tassel.
- Students graduating with High Distinction will be given an honors medallion.
- Students graduating with Distinction will be given orange chords.
During the ceremony, the Vice President will present your class to the
President, who will have the graduates move the tassels on their caps from the right to the left.
Students with an overall GPA* of 3.50 to 3.74 are eligible for honors cords and students with a GPA of 3.75 to
4.00 are eligible for high distinction medallions. Cords and medallions are distributed at the bookstore and the graduation
ceremony check-in. Honors are given to those earning diplomas and degrees. Certificates are not included in the
Phi Theta Kappa members should check with the PTK advisor about purchasing PTK stoles and tassels.
High Distinction requires a cumulative GPA of 3.75 to 4.00
Distinction requires a cumulative GPA of 3.50 to 3.74
*NOTE: GPA is based on grades earned prior to spring semester.
If you have requested that Century not disclose your directory information, your name will not be listed on the graduation
program. If you want your name listed on the program, contact the Records Office, 651.779.3299, option 5.
The ceremony starts promptly at 7 pm and lasts approximately two hours.
NOTE: It is essential that Century students complete the graduation RSVP before the end of April.
Graduates are asked to meet and check-in an hour before the ceremony at the West entrance of Aldrich Arena
at 6 pm sharp. At this time you will pick up your name cards with phonetic spelling in order to provide the
correct pronunciation of your name to the roll call reader. Honor cords and medallions will be available
if not picked up earlier. You will then be given instructions to line up for the commencement march.
We will also answer any last-minute questions regarding the entrance, exit, etc.
The program distributed at the ceremony will list the names of ALL candidates for graduation
(fall, spring, summer) who have applied for graduation, regardless of whether they participate
in commencement exercises.
A professional photographer will take a portrait of you right before you cross the stage
and as you shake the President’s hand. The photographer will send you picture information
(if you have given permission for the college to release your e-mail or mail on the
participation form). Photos are available through events.lifetouch.com approximately one week after
Families are welcome to take photos following the ceremony. Only Century staff and professional
photographers will be allowed on the arena floor during the ceremony.
Immediately following the ceremony, we'll have a reception for graduates and their guests.
Refreshments will be served.
Graduates will receive a diploma cover at the ceremony, and diplomas will be mailed to students,
providing they have met all their degree requirements. Please do not assume you have actually graduated
because you attended the ceremony.
You must apply to graduate in order for your award to be reflected on
- Within 6-8 weeks after grades are posted, you may view your degree notation on your unofficial transcript online at Century College e-Services
- Your degree document will be mailed to you within 14-16 weeks after grades are posted.
- Refer to graduation orientation regarding graduation application processing timelines.
The White Bear Cable Access Commission will be televising the ceremony. The ceremony can be viewed
on the White Bear Lake cable access channel within a few days after the ceremony. Other local cable stations
may televise as well.
NOTE: If you do not want to have your picture taken and your name announced on TV, it is advised that you do not
walk in the ceremony.
A limited number of DVDs of the ceremony will be available
on a first-come basis. To order, contact Theresa.Glass@century.edu at Century's Alumni office, East 2533, 651.779.5531.
If you are unable to or choose not to attend the ceremony, your diploma
will be mailed to the address listed on your graduation application.
We do not mail out diploma covers. However, you may purchase one (in person or online) from the Century
College Bookstore, West 1240.
Any questions concerning the graduation application process may be directed to Records, W2220.
Questions regarding eligibility for graduation should be directed to the program/faculty advisor
or a counselor.