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Frequently Asked Questions about Commencement

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  • When is the commencement ceremony?

    Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

  • What are the Charter Oak State College school colors?

    The school colors are green and white.

  • How do I order my cap and gown?

    All students who earned their degree on August 31, 2016, and December 31, 2016, and those who plan to complete requirements by May31, 2017 (if they have submitted a graduation application by the February 27, 2017 deadline) will receive an email with cap and gown order information in March.

    You must purchase a cap, gown, and tassel package in order to participate in the ceremony. Caps and gowns are black and tassels are green and white. The cost is $50. Log onto the ACORN Student Portal to complete your Graduation Application and then complete the Commencement 2017 Form. You will then receive an email with the cap and gown order link. Caps and gowns are mailed directly to students and you must bring them to the ceremony.

  • When is the deadline for ordering the cap and gown?

    After completing the Graduation Application and the Commencement 2017 Form on the ACORN Student Portal, you will receive an email with a link to order your cap and gown from an independent vendor.

    The deadline for placing cap, gown, and tassel orders is May 21, 2017. The cost is $50. This is the latest date to order to receive your cap and gown by mail in time for the ceremony. Our vendor mails caps and gowns directly to students.

  • 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.

  • If I don't plan to attend the ceremony, can I still order a tassel?

    Yes, graduates may purchase a commemorative 2017 green and white tassel using the cap and gown order link that you will receive by email after completing the Graduation Application and Commencement 2017 Form on the ACORN Student Portal (available in March 2017).

  • Where can I order graduation announcements?

    Graduation announcements can be purchased from Jostens: Graduation announcements

  • Where is the ceremony held?

    The ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, June 4, 2017, in the Welte Auditorium on the campus of Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain, Connecticut. Directions and a map will be emailed to you with your graduation invitation and can be found here: Directions to CCSU.

  • What time should I arrive for the ceremony?

    Graduates are asked to arrive at 12:15 p.m. to line up and complete the photographer's questionnaire. The processional to the auditorium begins at 1:15 p.m. Graduates are expected to be seated by 1:30 p.m.

  • What time does the ceremony end?

    The ceremony usually ends between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Graduation is usually 1.5 hours and no more than 2 hours.

  • 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 $65.00.

    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.

  • 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). YOU DO NOT NEED A GATE CARD TO PARK IN THE GARAGE ON COMMENCEMENT DAY.

  • What about my guests?

    Please note: Tickets are NOT required for you or your guests. Graduates are asked to limit their guests to five (5). 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.

  • What if my guests or I have a disability?

    If you or your guests require special seating arrangements or are hearing impaired, contact Joanne Prague-Doyle at (860) 515-3846 or to make special arrangements by WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017. The Internet broadcast of our graduation ceremony will have Closed Captioning and will be translated by on-site American Sign Language interpreters.

  • 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 to 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 five to seven 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.

  • 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.

  • What is the Senior Legacy Fund?

    The Senior Legacy Fund unites the Charter Oak State College senior class in a fundraising effort. For a minimum contribution of $20.17 to the Senior Legacy Fund, students, their parents and other family members and friends will have an opportunity to place a tribute to the graduate in the back of the commencement program book. Please visit the Senior Legacy Fund Form for further information.

  • 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 available before the ceremony in the Student Center the day of the ceremony.

    • Honors in General Scholarship is earned with a GPA of 3.5 or higher based on a minimum of 60 graded credits for a bachelor degree or a minimum of 30 graded credits for an associate degree. Charter Oak State College Honors is earned based on a minimum of 30 credits in Charter Oak courses with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

  • If I serve(d) in the military, will I receive a military cord?

    Military cords will be available in the Student Center before the ceremony for those who serve(d) in the military.

  • 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, you must send an email to to make your request. Please do this AFTER YOU HAVE RECEIVED THE INVITATION in April 2017.

    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 EMAILED WITH THE INVITATION to your Charter Oak email account.

    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.

  • When will I receive the graduation invitation?

    Students who graduated on August 31, 2016 and December 31, 2016, and those who anticipate graduating on May 31, 2017 are considered members of the Class of 2017. In April of 2017 you will be emailed an invitation to the graduation ceremony, brunch and reception.

    Graduates are asked to limit the number of their guests to five (5). Seating is available on a first come, first served basis and is not guaranteed. The brunch is limited to the first 220 reservations.

  • Will my name appear in the program?

    If you have earned your degree between August 31, 2016 and May 31,2017, your name will be in the program. If you choose to participate and HAVE NOT COMPLETED DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, your name will appear in a separate area of the program ONLY IF YOU INDICATE by MAY 5, 2017, that you wish to participate.

  • What is the "brunch?"

    Graduates who plan to attend the brunch must purchase a ticket for themselves. Graduates and their guests will have an opportunity to attend a brunch that begins at 11:15 a.m. the morning of the ceremony and ends at 12:30 p.m. The cost is approximately $16.00 per adult (including the graduate) and seating is limited to 220 graduates and their guests. After completing the Graduation Application and the Commencement 2017 Form in the ACORN Student Portal, you will receive an email with cap, gown, and brunch registration information. The deadline for reservations is Sunday, May 21, 2017 (provided we have not met the maximum of 220 reservations).

  • 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.

  • When do I receive my diploma?

    Your diploma will be sent to your mailing address of record approximately six to eight weeks following the date of your degree conferral. May 2017 graduates should receive their diplomas by the end of July; August 31 graduates should receive their diplomas by the end of October.