Graduation Information

Graduation Information

All times mentioned on this page are in the Eastern time zone.

All ceremonies for the Fall Credit 2021 term will be held on December 10, 2021 in the Humanities Auditorium on the main (Amnicola Highway) campus.  Details follow.

Streaming

All graduation ceremonies will be streamed live online at http://youtube.com/chattstatemarketing/live. Please tune in!

Tickets, Guests, and Seating

Each graduate will receive six (6) tickets to provide to guests.  Tickets are issued at the Grad Finale event (see below).

Every guest, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the ceremony. 

Tickets are issued for a specific ceremony time, not for a specific seat.  Ticketed guests may sit in any available seat.  We recommend and request that groups of guests arrive together, enter together, and sit together.  We expect that all seats will be used at each ceremony and we have not allocated "buffer seats" between groups of guests. 

It is our goal to open the doors to ticketed guests 30 minutes before each scheduled ceremony.  This will depend on the actual duration of the preceding ceremony.

Location, Arrival Time, & Duration

All ceremonies will be in the Humanities Auditorium on the main (Amnicola Highway) campus. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled ceremony time, and come dressed in your regalia (cap, gown, cords/medals, etc.). Ceremonies will start promptly at the published time and will likely last around one hour.

Photos

Professional photographs will be taken, and you will have the opportunity to order prints through the photography company. You will receive more details at the ceremony.

Appointments & Changing Appointments

All graduates who have ordered a cap and gown will be sent an email with a graduation ceremony appointment. Please look for a message from scheduling@acuityscheduling.com with the subject line starting with "Appointment Scheduled: Graduation Ceremony."  If your assigned time doesn't work for you, please follow the link in the email to change it. The appointment calendar operates in real time, so you may notice different time slots opening and closing as your fellow graduates change their appointments around.

Your appointment has been set based on your major.  You may be more likely to know your fellow graduates if you keep your assigned appointment.

Parking

Graduates and guests should park in Lot P1, the Visitor Parking Lot. All ceremonies will be held in the Humanities (HUM) building, which is number 9 on the map. Click here to view the campus map.


Cap & Gown Pickup and Grad Finale

Please plan to pick up your cap, gown, and guest tickets at the Grad Finale event on Thursday, December 2, 2021.  Grad Finale will be held in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room (Omniplex Room 126) from 9 AM to 5:30 PM.

Designating Someone Else to Pick Up Your Regalia

If you choose to have someone else pick up your cap and gown, you must complete and submit the Cap & Gown Pick-up Permission Form: http://tiger.fyi/3rdpartypickup

The person you designate will need to know your A# and present a photo ID matching the name you provide on the online form.


Exit Exam

If you are graduating with an Associate Degree, you will need to complete the College Exit Exam within your final semester. This is an online exam and email invitations to the exam are sent to your student email address within one month prior to the end of the completion semester.


Intent to Graduate Forms

Please note that it is the responsibility of each student, along with your advisor, to ensure all necessary requirements have been met for degree or certificate completion. Please closely review all Graduation Requirements before submitting an intent to graduate form. Each student must meet with an advisor to complete an Intent to Graduate form. Submission of the form will initiate posting your credential on your transcript and printing your diploma.


Required Exit Counseling for Student Loan Recipients

If you have received a student loan through Chattanooga State's Financial Aid Office, you must complete an on-line exit interview. Complete this requirement at student loans.gov. Your diploma will not be released if you have not completed the exit interview.

Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed each term approximately 6-8 weeks after final grades are posted for that term. They are mailed to the mailing address on file with the following schedule:

  • May (Spring) graduates: July 1- July 15
  • August (Summer) graduates: October 1 - October 15
  • December (Fall) graduates:   February 1 - February 15

Questions regarding diplomas can be sent to ruth.kirkendall@chattanoogastate.edu


Diploma Replacement from ChattState or Tennessee College of Applied Technology

A diploma replacement can be obtained free of charge if your year of graduation is from 2000 – present (diplomas earned before 2000 are not available). Requests should include the Student ID (if available), student’s complete name, address, phone number, and email address, along with the preferred delivery method (mail, pick up, etc.). Students can order their document, or direct any questions to ruth.kirkendall@chattanoogastate.edu, or call 423-697-2490.


Questions?

If you have questions or need additional information please email graduation@chattanoogastate.edu