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    The 2017 Graduation Commencement Ceremony will be at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood, Minnesota. 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 ceremony.

    A letter of invitation will be sent April 13. In order to participate in the ceremony, you must return this RSVP form by April 25.

Preparing for the Graduation Ceremony

Caps, Gowns, Tassels, Cords and Medallions

Caps and gowns are worn by students, faculty, staff and administrators. You may purchase caps, gowns, tassels, diploma covers and graduation announcements at the Bookstore, either in person or online.

All students will receive one tassel with their cap and gown. Cords and medallions are distributed at the bookstore and the graduation ceremony check-in. Various tassels and graduation memorabilia mean different things:

  • Students who have served in the military will be given a red, white and blue tassel and cord.
  • Phi Theta Kappa students may purchase a graduation stole and gold tassel.
  • Students graduating with honors Distinction will be given orange cords (requires a cumulative GPA* of 3.50 to 3.74).
  • Students graduating with honors High Distinction will be given an honors medallion (requires a cumulative GPA* of 3.75 to 4.0).

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.

*GPA is based on grades earned prior to spring semester. Certificates are not included in the honor system; only those earning diplomas and degrees.

Guest Tickets

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. Tickets are required for guests. You may exchange tickets with friends and classmates.

Special Accommodations

Seating is available for people with disabilities at Aldrich Arena; however, due to limited space, the rest of your party may need to be seated in another area. Use the East entrance for accessible seating drop off and be sure to arrive early to guarantee that there is room available. Ushers will help you find appropriate seating.

For accommodation questions, contact Disability Services.

The ceremony starts promptly at 7 pm and lasts approximately two hours. 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 meet the requirements, complete the checklist items, and submit all necessary forms as well.

Attending the Graduation Ceremony

Check In

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.

Commencement Programs

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 unless you previously submitted a release of information request. If you have requested 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.

Graduation Photos

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 your picture information (if you have given permission for the college to release your email or mail on the participation form). Photos are available through LifeTouch 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.

Closing Reception

Immediately following the ceremony, we'll have a reception for graduates and their guests. Refreshments will be served.

Any questions concerning the graduation application process may be directed to the Records Office. Questions regarding eligibility for graduation should be directed to an advisor or a counselor.