Important Facts


General Information

The Fall 2019 Cleveland State University Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center, located at 2000 Prospect Avenue on the University campus.

The Commencement Ceremony honors your academic achievement.  In celebration of having completed your degree requirements from Cleveland State University, your family and supporters are cordially invited to join you and participate in the 2019 University Commencement Ceremony.  We look forward to making the occasion a pleasurable one for you.


1:00 p.m. Ceremony:

College of Education and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Monte Ahuja College of Business, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, School of Nursing, College of Sciences and Health Professions, Washkewicz College of Engineering, and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors College.

Graduates are to report no later than 12:00 p.m.



In order to be eligible to participate in the Fall Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, December 15, 2019, you must have completed all degree requirements (including student teaching, if applicable) during the Fall 2019 Semester and be in good academic standing. Graduates that have received their degree in the Summer 2019 Semester are eligible to participate in the Fall Commencement Ceremony.

Graduation Procedures

If you have any questions regarding academic degree requirements, please consult with your academic advisor.

For questions pertaining to the processing of your graduation application materials, including eligibility and degree clearance, please email the Office of the University Registrar at

If you applied for graduation by October 4, 2019, including payment of the graduation application fee of $40, your name will be automatically included in the Fall 2019 Commencement program.

Graduation with Honors
University Honors Medallion

If you are an undergraduate student and will graduate with a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher, you are eligible to graduate with honors and will be awarded an honors medallion that can be worn at Commencement. The honors medallion identifies your scholastic distinction.

  • 4.00 - 3.80 Summa Cum Laude
  • 3.79 - 3.60 Magna Cum Laude
  • 3.59 - 3.30 Cum Laude

The Office of the University Registrar will notify you by email if you are eligible to graduate with honors and will provide you with instructions for obtaining your honors medallion. These notifications will be sent approximately two weeks before Commencement and medallions will be available from All-in-1 Campus411 in MC 115.

In the event that you are unable to secure your honors medallion prior to the day of the ceremony, University representatives will be available at Commencement (Gate C upper level – Graduates' entrance) to distribute medallions.

Please note that grades associated with transfer and transient credits are not included in honors calculations. Given that the Commencement ceremony precedes the submission of Fall Semester 2019 final grades and the official determination of honors, all such notations for the purpose of the ceremony are considered tentative.

Golden Key International Honour Society

If you are a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, you may purchase honor cords and stoles to wear in the Commencement ceremony. Visit the website at or telephone 800.377.2401 (Option #1 Customer Service).

Diploma Distribution

Following a final audit of your academic record and verification of the successful completion of all degree requirements, the Office of the University Registrar will mail your diploma to the address on file with the University approximately four weeks following Commencement. You are strongly encouraged to verify the accuracy of your name and current mailing address through CampusNet. Please make any necessary address changes online. Your name will be printed on your diploma and in the Commencement program book exactly as it appears in the student database.

Photography Services

A professional photographer is present at each ceremony, taking your picture as you walk across the stage. A proof of the picture is mailed to your home address approximately two weeks after Commencement. You have the option of ordering copies if you wish, and there is no obligation to purchase. If you do not wish to place an order, you may keep the proof at no charge.

  • "GradImages is the official Commencement photographer for our school.  Your proofs may be ready to view as soon as 48 hours after the ceremony.  You can view your photos online at  Following Commencement, GradImages photographers will be circulating outside the Commencement venue to capture additional candid photographs of our graduates with their loved ones.  The GradImages staff will be wearing red vests, so they'll be highly visible and easy to locate.  Grab a red vest and snap some candid shots!"

If you need to contact the photographer directly, call Grad Images at 800.261.2576 or visit