Graduation Information

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 loans.gov. Your diploma will not be released if you have not completed the exit interview.

 

Commencement

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Memorial Auditorium (399 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37402)

10:00 am Ceremony for Humanities & Fine Arts, Social & Behavioral Science, and Engineering (doors @ 8:30am)

2:30 pm Ceremony for Nursing & Allied Health, Math & Science, Business, and Collegiate High (doors @ 1:00 pm)

 

Chattanooga State holds one Commencement Ceremony each year in May. The ceremony should last no more than two hours, and you are requested to stay the entire time. Students who graduate in the fall, spring or summer are eligible to participate in the ceremony. Participation is optional and in no way confirms completion of requirements or official graduation. All requirements for degree and/or certificates must be completed before the credential can be posted to the student's transcript or a diploma awarded. Details about the ceremony and cap and gown orders will be sent to the student's TigerMail account each year in February. Your intent must be filed by the deadline to receive this information.

Parking:

Memorial Auditorium does not provide parking. There are a number of paid parking lots near the Auditorium. Please note that parking meters do not allow enough parking time (2 hours maximum), so street parking will not be an option. Allow time to park and walk to the Auditorium, or consider arriving by rideshare (Lyft/Uber).

Dress Code:

Be in your cap and gown when you arrive. Under the gown, we recommend that women wear a dark dress or slacks with dark flat shoes (heels are a tripping hazard when climbing stairs). We recommend that men wear a white shirt, a tie, and dark pants with dark shoes. Wear your tassel dangling from the right side of your cap. You will move your tassel to the left side when the President confers your degree during the ceremony.

Name Card & Lineup:

You will pick up your name card in the basement when you enter. Find the table with the cards matching the first letter of your last name. Proceed to the large room and line up. Faculty and staff members (called marshals) will guide you to the correct area. You may line up in any order you prefer within your academic division (no need to maintain alphabetical order).

Personal Belongings:

Do not bring personal belongings with you to line up. There is no secure storage during the ceremony. You must carry any essentials (phone and car key) in your pockets.

Student Arrival:

Students will enter through the back of Memorial Auditorium (intersection of Oak and Memorial Streets) into the basement.

Guest Arrival & Entrance:

The doors open for guests at 8:30 AM for the morning ceremony. The doors open for guests at 1:00 PM for the afternoon ceremony. Guests will enter through the main entrance of Memorial Auditorium on McCallie Avenue. Guests will be subject to security screening, including a bag search, and should allow extra time for this process. Tickets are not required and all guest seating is first-come, first-served.

Roses:

Your guests may wish to purchase roses to congratulate you after the ceremony. The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will sell roses in the Auditorium lobby. Prices are 1 rose for $3, 3 roses for $8, 6 roses for $15, or a dozen roses for $25. PTK accepts both cash and cards for rose purchases.

Streaming Video:

The ceremony will be streamed live online. The link can be found at chattanoogastate.edu/commencement, but may not be posted until the day of the ceremony.

Disability Accommodations for Graduates and Guests:

Graduates will need to climb 50 stairs (slowly), then climb approximately 8 stairs to the stage and 8 stairs back down. If you have a physical disability and will need assistance to participate in the graduation exercises, or if any of your guests need preferential seating (including, but not limited to, wheelchair seating) in the auditorium because of a physical disability, contact Disabilities Support Services at 423-697-4452.

Pictures:

GradImages will take at least one professional photo of you when you cross the stage. Their photographers will also take a number of candid photographs during the lineup process and throughout the day. You’ll be asked for your email address and GradImages will use that information to send your pictures just a few days after the ceremony. You can preregister with GradImages to save 20% off any pictures you order at gradimages.com/preregistration.

End of Ceremony Meeting Place:

The marshals will guide you out to the street through a back exit after the ceremony. Your guests will be ushered out to the street through the front exit. Make a plan in advance of where you want to meet your guests, and remember that your meeting place should be outside the Memorial Auditorium.

Cap & Gown Orders:

If you were unable to pick up your graduation regalia during Grad Finale, please contact Ruth Kirkendall (ruth.kirkendall@chattanoogastate.edu / 423-697-2490)

Diploma Distribution:

Provided you have met all requirements for graduation and you have no holds on your account, diplomas will be mailed 6 to 8 weeks after final grades have posted. All candidates must fulfill all financial obligations to the college prior to receiving your diploma. Please ensure we have your correct mailing address on file. If we do not have your correct address, you must submit a "Change of Address" form to the Enrollment Services Center. Students in the Tennessee College of Applied Technology will be notified by the division when their diplomas are ready for pick up.

Additional Questions:

Please contact Laura Smartt, Office of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs (laura.smartt@chattanoogastate.edu / 423-697-2613)