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More Information about Graduation and Commencement

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The 2018 commencement ceremony is Sunday, June 3rd at 1:30 p.m.

Eligibility and Preparing for the 2018 Ceremony

The Class of 2018 includes students who graduated on December 31, 2017, and those who anticipate graduating on May 31, 2018 and August 31, 2018. The names of the Class of 2018 will appear in the commencement program.

  • We have three graduation dates each academic year (December 31, May 31 and August 31), but Charter Oak State College's only commencement ceremony in is June.
  • Students who graduate on August 31st have their ceremony in the June prior to their graduation date.
  • Students who have nine or fewer credits to complete may elect to participate in the ceremony. Students who have not completed all degree requirements cannot have honors noted in the commencement program.

All students participating in the 2018 ceremony must submit a Graduation Application by February 28, 2018, and must submit a Commencement 2018 Form.

After submitting the Graduation Application, students will receive an email with Cap and Gown ordering information in March 2018, and email invitations to the Graduation Ceremony, Brunch, and Reception in April 2018.

Reservations for the optional pre-ceremony brunch are due Sunday, May 20, 2018. Brunch registration will close when 220 reservations have been made.

Caps, Gowns, Tassels, and Cords

The deadline for placing cap, gown, and tassel orders is May 18, 2018.

Students receiving an undergraduate degree must have a black cap, black gown, and commemorative 2018 green and white tassel in order to participate in the ceremony.

  • Purchasing an undergraduate cap, gown, and tassel package costs $50.
  • Students may wear their own black cap and gown, and have one free tassel provided courtesy of the Student Association. Please request this tassel via email to Wanda Warshauer at Additional tassels must be purchased online for $7 each.

Students receiving a master's degree must purchase a cap, gown, hood, and tassel package in order to participate in the ceremony.

  • Purchasing a graduate cap, gown, hood, and tassel package costs $72.

Ordering information is emailed after the Commencement Form has been submitted.

Caps and gowns purchased by students are mailed directly to students from our vendor. Students must bring them to the ceremony.

Wearing the Cap and Tassel

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

Cords of Distinction

Graduating honors students who participate in the ceremony and have completed their degree requirements will receive an honors cord before the ceremony in the Student Center.

Graduating students who serve or have served in the military will receive a military cord before the ceremony in the Student Center.

Guest Accomodation

Graduating students can invite up to five (5) guests. Seating is first-come, first-served open general admission. Specific or consecutive seats cannot be guaranteed.

Guests should enter the Welte Hall auditorium through the front doors.

Before the processional, graduating students may wish to give personal items, such as a purses or jackets, to their guests to hold during the ceremony.

Tickets are not required for the graduating student or their guests.


If graduating students or guests require special seating arrangements or are hearing impaired, please contact Joanne Prague-Doyle at (860) 515-3846 or via email at to make special arrangements by Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The ceremony will be translated on-site by American Sign Language interpreters. The webcast of our ceremony will have closed captioning.

Location, Getting There, and Parking

The ceremony and related events are held on campus of Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain, CT. The ceremony will be held in the Welte Hall auditorium. The brunch, reception, and gathering for the processional will be at the Student Center. Directions and a map will be emailed to graduating students with the graduation invitation.

Parking is available in the Welte Hall Lot, the Welte Garage (handicap parking is available here), the Student Center Lot, and the Student Center Garage (Map with Parking Locations). Gate cards are not needed to park in these locations on commencement day.

Hotel Recommendation

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.

Transportation from Bradley Airport

For information on taxi service from Bradley Airport call (860) 627-3128 or (860) 627-3588. Cost is approximately $75.

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.

Attending Remotely and Live Streaming Webcast

Graduating students who are unable to attend the ceremony but still wish to participate by having their name announced during the ceremony must make a request by May 4, 2018 by emailing Please do this after receiving the invitation in April 2018.

Graduating students not attending the ceremony or attending via webcast may request one free commemorative 2018 green and white tassel courtesy of the Student Association by emailing Wanda Warshauer at

The ceremony will be streamed live via webcast. Remote graduating students, family members, or friends who cannot attend in person can see the ceremony this way. The webcast will be available from at approximately 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (1/2 hour before the start of the ceremony).

The webcast of our graduation ceremony will have closed captioning.

Video of the ceremony will be posted on Charter Oak State College's website in the weeks following the ceremony.

Commencement Day Timeline of Events

11:15 p.m.
Brunch at the Student Center (optional)
12:15 p.m.
Graduating students arrive at the Student Center to line up & complete photographer's questionnaire
1:15 p.m.
Graduating students walk in a processional from the Student Center to the Welte Hall auditorium
1:30 p.m.
Ceremony begins (usually 1.5 to 2 hours long)
3:00 p.m.
Reception at the Student Center (optional)

Photographs, Announcements, and other Commemorative Items

Island Photography will take individual photographs of each graduate as they cross the stage. The proof will be e-mailed within five to seven days following the ceremony. Register to receive a direct link to the photos (friends and family may also register to receive a direct link to the photos). 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.

Graduation announcements can be purchased from Jostens.

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.


Pre-Ceremony Brunch and Post-Ceremony Reception

Graduating students and their guests have an opportunity to attend a brunch at 11:15 a.m. the morning of the ceremony.

The brunch costs $10 per reservation. The graduating student must purchase a ticket. Reservations are limited to 300 guests. Contact Carol Hall via email at with questions regarding the brunch.

After the ceremony, a free reception will be held for graduates and their guests in the Student Center. Light refreshments will be served.


Diplomas will be sent to the graduate's mailing address of record approximately six to eight weeks following the date of the degree conferral. May 31, 2018 graduates should receive their diplomas by the end of July; August 31, 2018 graduates should receive their diplomas by the end of October.