Graduation Ceremony Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota State has notified colleges and universities that all large events planned for more than 50 people are cancelled until further notice. Unfortunately, commencement/graduation ceremonies across all system campuses, including Century College, are impacted. As such, our commencement ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2020, at Aldrich Arena has been cancelled.

Our commencement ceremony is a wonderful opportunity for students and their families to celebrate well-deserved accomplishments and for Century faculty, staff and administration to acknowledge the same. Please be assured that graduating students will still receive their diplomas and covers either in the mail or through another option that will be communicated no later than May 1. Even though the traditional ceremony will not be held, Century College honors your hard work, perseverance, and accomplishment and we are exploring ways in which we would be able to celebrate our graduates. Please stay tuned for more details. 

All graduates still need to apply for graduation to receive your diploma. Click here for more details.

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    Commencement 2020

    The 2020 Graduation Commencement Ceremony will be held on May 15, 2020 at Aldrich Arena. Century College holds one graduation ceremony each year in May. You may participate in the spring ceremony if you applied to graduate in fall, spring, or summer semesters. Any student who has applied for graduation is eligible to participate in the graduation commencement ceremony. Attending the ceremony does not guarnatee that you have graduated. Your official award occurs after grades are posted and your graduation application has been evaluated.

    An invitation email will be sent towards the end of April with detailed information. In order to participate in the ceremony, you must follow the instructions in the email and attend the Graduation EXPO April 30th, 2020.

    Preparing for the Graduation Ceremony

    You will be registered in a D2L class for spring 2020 in April. It contains detailed information with instructions to print your name card. Please log in with your StarID and password (for login help click here.)

Watch the 2019 Graduation Ceremony

A recording of the Graduation Ceremony is available on YouTube here.

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, and diploma covers at the Graduation EXPO on April 30th, 2020. They will also be available 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 Graduation EXPO, Bookstore, and the graduation ceremony. 

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 at the Graduation EXPO on April 30th, 2020 or afterwards in the Bookstore. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR GUESTS (not required for ages three and under). You may exchange tickets with friends and classmates. There will be an online forum for graduates attending the ceremony to exchange tickets through D2L.

Special Accommodations

The Access Center/Disability Services will be available at the Graduation EXPO on April 30th, 2020.

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. Attending the ceremony does not guarantee that you have graduated. your official award occurs after grades are posted and your graduation application has been evaluated.

Attending the Graduation Ceremony

Check In

Graduates are asked to to print their name card through the ceremony D2L page and bring it to the ceremony . Please come 30 minutes before the ceremony, meet at the West entrance of Aldrich Arena at 6:30 pm sharp. Extra name cards will be available as well as Honor cords and medallions if not picked up at the Graduation EXPO April 30th.

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 as you cross the stage. The photographer will send your picture information by email (only if you have given permission for the college to release your email in the ceremony D2L page). 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.

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.