Frequently Asked Questions about Commencement

Frequently Asked Questions about Commencement

  1. When is the commencement ceremony?

    Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

  2. What are the Charter Oak State College school colors?

    The school colors are green and white.

  3. Where can I order graduation announcements?

    Graduation announcements can be purchased from Jostens: Graduation announcements

  4. Where is the ceremony held?

    The ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 5, 2016 in the Welte Auditorium on the campus of Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain, Connecticut. Directions and a map are included with your graduation invitation and can be found here: Directions to CCSU.

  5. What time should I arrive for the ceremony?

    Graduates are asked to arrive at 12:30 p.m. to pick up their cap and gown. Line up begins at 1 p.m. and the processional to the auditorium begins at 1:15. Graduates are expected to be seated by 1:30 p.m.

  6. What time does the ceremony end?

    Between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. Graduation is usually 1.5 hours and no more than 2 hours.

  7. Where can I stay if I'm coming from out of state?

    We suggest the Courtyard by Marriott in Farmington, CT. For reservations call 1-800-321-2211.

    Note: There is no bus service from the Marriott to CCSU on Sunday, but taxi service is available.

    For information on taxi service from Bradley Airport call (860) 627-3128 or (860) 627-3588. Cost is approximately $85.00.

    Taxi service is also available from ground transportation service coordinators located at counters on the lower level curbside of Terminal A and next to baggage reclaim area two in Terminal B. Taxis are normally available 7 a.m. to midnight. Outside these hours, taxis can be called from airport phones or hailed from the curb outside baggage reclaim.

  8. Where do I park?

    Parking is available in the Welte Lot, the Welte Garage (handicap parking is available here), the Student Center Lot and the Student Center Garage. Campus Map Click on the "Parking" tab at the bottom of the page and select a lot or garage to see its location.


  9. What about my guests?

    • Please note: Tickets are NOT required for your or your guests.
    • Graduates are asked to limit their guests to eight (8).
    • All seating is general admission, first come first served.
    • Specific seats and/or consecutive seats are not guaranteed.

    Your guests should enter the Welte Auditorium through the front doors. We recommend that you ask one of your guests to hold any items you don't want to worry about during the ceremony such as a purse or jacket.

  10. What if my guests or I have a disability?

    If you or your guests require special seating arrangements or are hearing impaired, contact Linda Larkin at (860) 515-3841 or to make special arrangements by FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016. The Internet broadcast of our graduation ceremony will have Closed Captioning and will be translated by on-site American Sign Language interpreters.

  11. What about photographs?

    The ceremony will be Web cast LIVE on the Internet (eastern daylight savings time). This will allow family members or friends who cannot attend, see you graduate. The link to this LIVE broadcast will be found on the College's Web site at approximately 1/2 hour before the start of the ceremony.

    Island Photography will also take individual photographs of each graduate as they cross the stage. The proof will be e-mailed to you within 5 to 7 days following the ceremony. If you would like to receive a direct link to the photos, visit to register. You may register several emails to allow all of your friends and family to receive a direct link to this event. Images will be posted within 72 hours of the ceremony. All inquiries should be made to Island Photography at (800) 869-0908.

    NOTE: Photos may be used for general promotion purposes including but not limited to inclusion on the College's website, newsletters, collateral and social networking sites.

  12. Are commemorative items available for purchase?

    We have many gift items & branded merchandise available in our online store, including diploma frames. Flowers will also be available for purchase at the event.

  13. How do I order my cap and gown?

    All students who earned their degree on August 31, 2015 and December 31, 2015 and those who plan to complete requirements by May 31, 2016 (if they have submitted a graduation application by the February 28, 2016 deadline) will receive cap and gown ordering information in an e-mail in March.

    You must purchase a gown, cap and tassel in order to participate in the ceremony. Caps and gowns are black and tassels are green and white. Cost is $35. A $25 late fee is added for attire ordered after the deadline.

  14. When is the deadline for ordering the cap and gown?

    To receive the proper size gown, orders must be received no later than Sunday, April 17, 2016. There is a $25 late fee for orders received after that date. We cannot guarantee the proper size gown on orders received after the deadline.

  15. Where and when do I get my cap and gown?

    You will pick up your cap, gown and tassel package in the Student Center on the campus of Central Connecticut State University at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.

  16. How should the cap and tassel be worn?

    The cap should be placed squarely on the top of your head (not the back) and the tassel should be placed to the RIGHT side of the cap.

  17. What if I don't plan to attend the ceremony; can I order a tassel?

    Yes, graduates will have the opportunity to purchase a commemorative 2016 green and white tassel. Cost is $10.00.

  18. If I earned honors will I receive an honors cord?

    Yes, IF you participate in the ceremony.

    If you choose to participate and HAVE NOT COMPLETED DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, honors cannot be accurately calculated by the time of the commencement ceremony. If you do participate and have honors confirmed when you complete requirements, the cord will be included with your cap and gown.

  19. How do I get my name read as a graduate if I am participating in the ceremony via the live webcast?

    If you are unable to attend the graduation ceremony, but still wish to participate by having your name announced during the ceremony, please send an email to to make your request. Please do this AFTER YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE INVITATION PACKET in April 2016.

    If you are attending, but have family and friends who are unable to be with you on this special day, they can watch you graduate by following the directions posted on the Charter Oak home page on commencement day at THIS INFORMATION WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED WITH THE INVITATION PACKET.

    Please note that the broadcast is LIVE beginning at 1:30 p.m. (eastern daylight time). A video of the ceremony will be posted on the Charter Oak website within two weeks following the ceremony.

  20. When will I receive the graduation invitation?

    Students who graduated on August 31, 2015 and December 31, 2015, and those who anticipate graduating on May 31, 2016 are considered members of the Class of 2016. In April of 2016 you will receive an invitation to the graduation ceremony, brunch and reception. The packet will include a reservation card for the brunch.

    Graduates are asked to limit the number of their guests to eight (8). Seating is available on a first come first served basis and is not guaranteed. The brunch is limited to the first 220 reservations.

  21. Will my name appear in the program?

    If you have earned your degree between August 31, 2015 and May 2016 your name will be in the program. If you choose to participate and HAVE NOT COMPLETED DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, your name will appear in the program ONLY IF YOU INDICATE AT LEAST TWO WEEKS PRIOR to the May 31st ceremony that you wish to participate.

  22. What is the "brunch?"

    Graduates and their guests will have an opportunity to attend a brunch that begins at 11:15 a.m. (and ends at 12:30 p.m.) the morning of the commencement ceremony.The cost is approximately $16.00 per adult (including the graduate) and seating is limited to 220 graduates and their guests. Brunch reservations can be made online at starting on Monday, April 11, 2016. The deadline for reservations is Friday, May 25, 2016 (provided we have not met the maximum of 220 reservations).

  23. What is the reception following the ceremony?

    After the ceremony, a reception will be held for all graduates and their guests. Light refreshments will be served.

  24. When do I receive my diploma?

    Your diploma will be sent to your mailing address of record approximately 6-8 weeks following the date of your degree conferral. May 2016 graduates should receive their diplomas by the end of July; August 31 graduates should receive their diplomas by the end of October.