Graduation Information

Graduation ceremonies will be held throughout the week of May 10. Each graduate who ordered a cap and gown received an email with their specific ceremony time, including a link to change to a more convenient time if they wished.

Graduation Ceremonies


All graduation ceremonies will be streamed live online at Please tune in!


You may bring eight guests to your ceremony, and children (of any age) do count toward this number (even if they will be sitting in someone's lap). Thank you for respecting this policy as we try to have a successful in-person event while respecting COVID protocols. We will not issue tickets, so we ask that your guests enter the ceremony as a single group. The bleachers will be sectioned off into areas designed to accommodate eight people, and all of your guests should sit together in one of these areas.

Location, Arrival Time, & Duration

All ceremonies will be in the Health and Fitness Center (HPF), also known as the Gym on the main (Amnicola Highway) campus. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled ceremony time, and come dressed in your regalia (cap, gown, cords/medals, etc.). We request that your guests arrive a few minutes early, too. Ceremonies will start promptly at the published time and will likely last around 30 minutes.


You and your guests will be required to wear masks throughout your time on campus. You, the graduate, will be able to briefly remove your mask for a photo as you cross the stage.


Professional photographs will be taken, and you will have the opportunity to order prints through the photography company. You will receive more details at the ceremony.

Appointments & Changing Appointments

All graduates who have ordered a cap and gown have been sent an email with a graduation ceremony appointment. Please look for a message from with the subject line starting with "Appointment Scheduled: Graduation Ceremony."  If your assigned time doesn't work for you, please follow the link in the email to change it. The appointment calendar operates in real time, so you may notice different time slots opening and closing as your fellow graduates change their appointments around.

Your appointment has been set based on your major, so you may be more likely to know some of your fellow graduates if you keep your assigned appointment.


Graduates and guests should park in Lot P1, the Visitor Parking Lot. All ceremonies will be held in the HPF/Gym building (number 4 on the map). Click here to view the campus map.

Cap & Gown Pickup

Beginning Tuesday, April 20, 2021: Please pick up your cap and gown at the front desk in the Student Center on the main (Amnicola Highway) campus. You may pick it up during the Enrollment Services Center’s regular business hours (typically Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM).

Designating Someone Else to Pick Up Your Regalia

If you choose to have someone else pick up your cap and gown, you must complete and submit the Cap & Gown Pick-up Permission Form:

The person you designate will need to know your A# and present a photo ID matching the name you provide on the online form.

Intent to Graduate Forms

Please note that it is the responsibility of each student, along with your advisor, to ensure all necessary requirements have been met for degree or certificate completion. Please closely review all Graduation Requirements before submitting an intent to graduate form. Each student must meet with an advisor to complete an Intent to Graduate form. Submission of the form will initiate posting your credential on your transcript and printing your diploma.

Required Exit Counseling for Student Loan Recipients

If you have received a student loan through Chattanooga State's Financial Aid Office, you must complete an on-line exit interview. Complete this requirement at student Your diploma will not be released if you have not completed the exit interview.


Diplomas will be mailed each term approximately 6-8 weeks after final grades are posted for that term. They are mailed to the mailing address on file with the following schedule:

  • May (Spring) graduates: July 1- July 15
  • August (Summer) graduates: October 1 - October 15
  • December (Fall) graduates:   February 1 - February 15

Questions regarding diplomas can be sent to

Diploma Replacement from ChattState or Tennessee College of Applied Technology

A diploma replacement can be obtained free of charge if your year of graduation is from 2000 – present (diplomas earned before 2000 are not available). Requests should include the Student ID (if available), student’s complete name, address, phone number, and email address, along with the preferred delivery method (mail, pick up, etc.). Students can order their document, or direct any questions to, or call 423-697-2490.


If you have questions or need additional information please email