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.
Due to seating capacity limitations, each graduate planning to attend will receive a maximum of five general admission guest tickets.
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 Christine.Simonson@century.edu.
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 $40, beginning April 27 through graduation day.
All students will receive one tassel with their cap and gown.
Various tassels and graduation memorabilia mean different things:
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 honor system.
Phi Theta Kappa members may purchase PTK stoles and tassels in the bookstore.
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 by April 24, 2014.
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 ceremony.
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 your transcript.
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.
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.