Calumet College of St. Joseph congratulates our graduate class of 2019!
Calumet College of St. Joseph is delighted to address you as a prospective member of the graduating class of 2019. We are very proud of the work you have accomplished to date and look forward to celebrating your academic achievement with the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Exercise on Saturday, May 18, 2019. This quick reference guide is intended to give you basic information on dates and times for Commencement-related activities. In order to be eligible and participate in the ceremony, you must have completed your coursework in December 2018 or you must plan to complete your coursework as of May 2019 (or August 2019 for summer students).
Please keep in mind that the graduation process is not automatic. Students who do not complete the application for graduation by the applicable deadline will not be awarded/degreed until the next graduation term. Log into your MyCCSJ account to complete your graduation checklist and apply for graduation.
You must complete the following steps under Graduation Checklist to apply for graduation: Review Personal Information, Review Student Billing Account, and Apply for Degree. If you plan to participate in Commencement, you must complete the graduation application no later than the date specified.
If you have submitted your graduation application and have not paid your graduation fee by the due date, you will not be eligible to participate in the commencement exercise.
Please keep in mind that the graduation process is not automatic. Students who do not complete the application for graduation by Friday, February 22, 2019 will not be awarded/degreed until the next graduation term. Log into your MyCCSJ account (my.ccsj.edu) to complete your graduation checklist and apply for graduation. You must complete the following steps under Graduation Checklist to apply for graduation: Review Personal Information, Review Student Billing Account, and Apply for Degree.
If you plan to participate in Commencement, you must complete the graduation application no later than Friday, February 22, 2019.
A $125.00 graduation fee will be assessed for all associate and bachelor degree recipients and a $150 graduation fee for all master degree recipients upon completion of the graduation application. These fees are incurred for all graduates whether or not they participate in the Commencement ceremony.
All guests, including children, must have a ticket to attend the Commencement Exercise. Each student participating in the commencement ceremony will receive 4 tickets to the commencement exercise. The number of tickets available for each student is based upon the size of the respective graduating class. In order to comply with the maximum occupancy laws for the Dennis and Leslie Rittenmeyer Athletic Center, the commencement ticket allotment for each graduating student is final; there are no extra tickets. We cannot replace lost, stolen or misplaced tickets. Tickets are distributed at Grad Finale or afterwards at the college. Your tickets will be forfeited if you do not claim them by Friday, May 10, 2019.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
2nd floor Calumet College of St. Joseph
Grad Finale, a Graduation Fair, is a one stop shop for graduates. Here you can check, your graduation status, purchase your cap and gown, class rings, and announcements with a representative from Jostens. You can also pick up your graduation tickets, have a professional picture taken, and much more.
Commencement Regalia Policy
- Candidates for degrees must wear robes appropriate to their degree without additional adornment.
- Students are entitled to wear cords and stoles to signify achievement through Calumet College organizations.
- Graduate candidates for master's degrees will be hooded during the commencement ceremony. The hood should not be worn for the preliminary academic procession. Candidates are responsible for bringing their hood to commencement and will carry it on stage for the Hooding during the ceremony.
- December and May undergraduate degree candidates, who will graduate with honors or distinction wear gold stoles. By decision of the Faculty Senate, August graduates with honors or distinction will not receive their stole until their course requirements have been fulfilled and a final GPA has been determined. August graduates with honors or distinction will be recognized as an honors candidate in the commencement program. Stoles other than the aforementioned will not be allowed.
- Degree candidates place tassels on the right side of the mortarboard until their degrees are conferred at Commencement. The tassels are switched to the left side as a part of the ceremony and are worn on that side at college and school ceremonies and any time thereafter.
Any questions regarding academic regalia may be directed to the Vice President of Academic Affairs or the Vice President of Student Engagement and Retention.
Academic Garment (Cap and Gown) Online Ordering
Academic garments must be ordered through Jostens starting at Grad Finale. If you are not able to attend Grad Finale, online ordering will go live at the Jostens’ website (www.jostens.com, go to Find My School’s Store), starting Thursday, March 14 until Friday, April 13 at midnight. The cost of the cap and gown are included in your graduation application fee, however, you are responsible for the shipping and handling charges. From April 14 – May 3 students will only be able to place cap and gown orders via phone with Jostens. Late fees do apply and graduates will be responsible for any late charge or fees from this point.
December and May undergraduate Bachelor’s degree candidates, who will graduate with honors or distinction, wear a gold honor stole. By decision of the Faculty Senate (3/21/18), August undergraduate Bachelor’s degree candidates with honors or distinction will wear a gold honor candidate stole until their course requirements have been fulfilled and a final GPA has been determined. August undergraduate Bachelor’s degree candidates with honors or distinction will be recognized as honors candidates in the commencement program. Stoles, other than the aforementioned, will not be allowed.
Cement your legacy on CCSJ by donating $20.19 to the Alumni Association. With each donation you will receive a legacy cord that can be worn during commencement to show your spirit and lasting commitment to CCSJ.
Pick up tickets, order academic garments, and more.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Calumet College of St. Joseph
Graduation Banquet and Awards Ceremony
A pre-celebration for commencement.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Dynasty Banquets, 4125 Calumet Avenue
Hammond, IN 46320
The cost for the banquet is $25.00 per person with a cash bar. Tickets for the event can be purchased online at BrownPaperTickets.com. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Tickets cannot be purchased on the evening of the banquet. The last day to purchase tickets is May 10th, 2019.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
St. John the Baptist Church
1849 Lincoln, Whiting, IN 46394
Graduates and their family and friends are invited to attend the celebration of the Catholic Mass prior to the graduation ceremony. Tickets are not required. Graduates are asked to wear their academic regalia. Complimentary van service will be provided to and from the Mass from CCSJ.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Dennis and Leslie Rittenmeyer Athletic Center
Graduates are expected to arrive promptly at 10:30 a.m. with their cap and gown to register and receive instructions. Registration will occur in the main building on the second floor across from the elevators. The doors to the Rittenmeyer Center will open to the public at 11:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for guests with special needs.
Other Important Information
If you have accepted student loans while attending CCSJ, government regulations require you to complete student loan counseling. This counseling can be completed at www.nslds.ed.gov. An explanation of your rights/responsibilities as a student loan borrower will be presented as well as a review of important student loans details; such as interest rates, loan repayment options, and deferment or forbearance options.
Due to limited seating, a maximum of one family member or friend may be seated in the special needs seating section with the disabled guest. Prior arrangements are required due to limited seating. Limited handicap parking for guests is available in the rear of the building. Wheelchairs will not be provided by CCSJ. Candidates and guests with special accommodations must contact Angela Szczepanik-Sanchez at (219) 473-4349 or firstname.lastname@example.org prior to Saturday, May 18.
A photographer from Grad Images will photograph you as you cross the stage to receive your diploma. All photos can be viewed and ordered online at www.gradimages.com. A confidential photo proof will be emailed to your CCSJ email with viewing and purchasing instructions. For additional information, contact Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576.
Photographs will be taken at all commencement activities such as Grad Finale, the Graduation Banquet and Awards Ceremony, Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement. Your image/photographic likeness may be used for publicity or general information purposes including publication on the CCSJ website or within other publicity which may be seen by the general public.
For those family members and friends who are unable to attend Commencement, CCSJ will offer a live video stream of the ceremony at www.ccsj.edu/live.