Graduation FAQs

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, federal, state and local mandates, Charter Oak State College’s Commencement will be held virtually on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

On Sunday, June 6th at 3:00PM, go to the graduation page and click on the "Virtual Commencement Ceremony" link. The commencement ceremony is open to all. No registration required. The ceremony will be prerecorded and viewable any time in the future.

The Virtual Commencement Ceremony is approximately 45 minutes.

Yes, closed captioning will be available. When viewing the ceremony, click on the “CC” or video settings to turn on captions.

All information is sent to eligible graduates once they have completed the graduation application and paid the application fee in MyCharterOak under the graduation tab.

Caps and gowns are only required for the Live Ceremony. Caps and gowns for the Virtual Ceremony is optional.

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Charter Oak State College will continue the tradition of turning the tassel at the end of the ceremony to signify your transition from a student to a graduate and alumni.

Students who want to participate from their home are welcome to go through the rite of passage.

As you take some time to truly appreciate the result of all your hard work, take a moment to consider a way to memorialize your journey by placing a tribute of thanks to your support system in the 2021 Charter Oak State College Commencement Program Book and be a part of the senior legacy fund simply by donating $20.21.

Share the tribute link with your family and friends, as they may want to send a congratulatory / well-done tribute too. Program Books will be mailed to each graduate and posted online in June, prior to the ceremony.

Proceeds from the tribute adds will benefit future students of Charter Oak through the COSC Foundation.

The Senior Legacy Fund unites the Charter Oak State College senior class in a fund-raising effort. All donations are part of the Charter Oak State College Foundation Annual Fund and are used to support Charter Oak State College students through grants and scholarships.

Celebrate your school spirit with a yard sign announcing your upcoming graduation or show your acorn pride by donning your school wear! Charter Oak State College offers two online merchandise shops. The Official Charter Oak State College Shop and the Official Charter Oak Alumni Store.

Yes, you are a part of the Charter Oak State College family. You should stay in touch and continue the relationship. Membership is open to anyone who has received a degree from the College. Membership fees are $15 per year or $150 for Lifetime Membership. Simply send a check along with the Alumni Association Membership form to: COSC Alumni Association, 55 Paul Manafort Drive, New Britain, CT 06053

Graduates who have completed all their coursework, met their financial obligations and have no holds on their account can expect to receive their diploma six to eight weeks after the graduation date. All items are mailed to the address provided on the graduation application.

If your address or name changes, contact the Registrar’s Office at To be certain that you receive your mailed diploma, be sure to complete a change of address form with the Post Office.

For additional questions, contact Adam Howes, Commencement Coordinator, at