Celebrating Our Graduates
Congratulations, Class of 2022!
We are very proud of the work you have accomplished to date and look forward to celebrating your academic achievement. On this page, you will find important information about graduation. Before you finish your degree, please follow the important steps below to meet critical deadlines for graduation.
Be sure to check this website regularly to receive the most up-to-date graduation information.
Important Steps for Graduation
Follow these steps to ensure that you are eligible to graduate and meet the required deadlines.
Submit Your Application
Please keep in mind that the graduation process is not automatic. Students in the last semester of their senior year need to apply for graduation. Those who do not complete the application for graduation by Monday, March 21, 2022, 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 the Graduation Checklist to apply for graduation:
- Review Personal Information
- Review Student Billing Account
- Apply for Degree
A $125.00 graduation fee will be assessed for all associate and bachelor degree recipients and a $150.00 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 Commencement activities.
December 2021 Graduates and May and August 2022 Candidates
Please make sure to verify that your address is correct while reviewing your personal information during the application process. Don’t forget to provide us with the desired name on your diploma through the application as well. All applications received with no desired name for your diploma will result in the usage of the name in our system as the default diploma name. All names must be verified by March 25, 2022.
Attend Grad Finale (Wednesday, March 16)
Grad Finale will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 1:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Grad Finale, a Graduation Fair, is a one-stop shop for graduating seniors. Here you will be able to complete all required steps for graduation, pick up your cap and gown, and pick up your graduation tickets. You can also purchase class rings and announcements with a representative from Jostens, have a professional picture taken by Grad Images, and much more. Finale will be held on the 1st floor at Calumet College of St. Joseph.
CCSJ Health and Safety Guidelines
Face coverings must be worn while inside CCSJ. Face coverings may be removed for a limited time only for pictures. Protocols MUST be followed. Please share responsibility for keeping everyone safe and healthy.
Order your Cap and Gown and other Graduation Needs
Academic regalia can be obtained in two ways.
- You can come to Grad Finale on March 16 from 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. We will have a selection of sizes for you to choose from and take with you. You can use your own regalia that day to take a picture with Grad Images. There will not be regalia to pick up from the College after March 16, 2022
- After March 16, you can go to Josten’s website. You can order your regalia and it will be shipped to your home for $12.45 shipping. The deadline for online ordering is April 1, 2022
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. We will have honor stoles to use during the Grad Images photo shoot. Students will receive their stole when they attend commencement or pick up their diploma.
Complete Exit Loan Counseling
Government regulations require you to complete student loan counseling. Visit studentaid.gov, log in with your federal FSA ID and select the “Manage Loans”, “Complete Counseling” link, then “Complete Exit Counseling” to begin. Follow the prompts to complete the loan exit counseling process, which covers both Direct and FFEL borrowers. An explanation of your rights/responsibilities as a student loan borrower will be presented as well as a review of important loan details; such as interest rates, loan repayment options, and deferment or forbearance options.
Submit Your First Destination Survey (Graduation Survey)
The Career Services Office conducts a graduation survey of all graduates. This information is utilized to provide summary data about your graduating class. This data is critical for the University’s annual report and is also helpful to academic departments, current and prospective students, and potential employers. The survey takes 2 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey.
Get a FREE mug when you complete the survey! Mugs can be picked up at Career Services in Room 101.
*Mugs cannot be mailed, they must be picked up in person.
Career Services offers valuable services from creating a winning resume and interview prep to job postings as well as guidance on graduate schools that match your career goals.
Commencement (Saturday, May 21)
Commencement will be an outdoor affair at The Pavilion at Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2324 Calumet Avenue in Hammond, IN at 12:00 pm. Inclement weather location is the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 1849 Lincoln Ave, Whiting IN. Graduates are expected to arrive promptly at 11:00 A.M. with their cap and gown to register and receive instructions. Please leave all personal belongings (such as coats, purses or bags) with your guests prior to the ceremony.
Commencement tickets and seating options
All guests including children (infants and toddlers) must have a ticket in order to attend the commencement ceremony. Strollers and infant carriers are not permitted in the Reserved Seating area of the outside venue. Each student participating in the commencement ceremony will receive four tickets to the commencement exercise.
The number of tickets available for each student is based on the size of the respective graduating class. In order to comply with the maximum occupancy for reserved seating in The Pavilion, 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. If you do not attend Grad Finale, you may pick up your tickets from the college no later than Friday, May 13, 2022. We do not mail tickets.
Lawn Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no reserving space for someone who is not currently there. You do not need a ticket in this area. Seats are not provided in this area so please bring lawn chairs. Strollers and infant carriers are allowed in lawn seating.
In the event of inclement weather, a decision will be made and announced Friday, May 20th by 10:00 AM, and commencement will be held at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1849 Lincoln Ave. Whiting, IN 46394. Only the four reserve tickets will be allowed inside the church. This is due to Covid restrictions and seating capacity. All other guests will be able to view the ceremony via live stream from any computer or smart TV. Instructions below.
Live Stream of Commencement Ceremony
For those family members and friends who are unable to attend commencement, CCSJ will offer a live video stream of the ceremony at ccsj.edu/live.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Commencement: Saturday, May 21, 2022
- Location: The Pavilion at Wolf Lake, 2324 Calumet Avenue in Hammond, IN.
- Inclement weather location: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1849 Lincoln Avenue, Whiting IN. A possible change in location decision will be made Friday, May 20th by 10:00 AM.
Face coverings must be worn while inside the building. CCSJ staff will indicate the limited times when face coverings can be removed for photographs. Social distancing standards are in effect. All COVID-19 Protocols MUST be followed. Please share responsibility for keeping everyone safe and healthy.
- Grad Finale – It does not require registration. It is an open house, you attend during the designated times that are convenient for you. – March 16, 2022, 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
- Commencement – It is part of your graduation application if you plan to attend or not. If you wish to change what you initially stated, please email email@example.com.
You are required to wear a cap and gown for commencement. You need to order your regalia from Jostens by April 1, 2022 to ensure it arrives in time for Commencement.
If you have settled your obligations to the College, including, if any, tuition and fees, book rental charges, library fines and exit surveys, your diploma will be given to you at commencement. If not, your diploma will be available for pick up after you have settled your obligations to the College. Students must pay their accounts in full.
You will receive your adornments on the day of Commencement. If you do not attend commencement, they will be included with your diploma package when you pick up your diploma from the registrar.
Yes. A graduation fee will be assessed for all associate, bachelor, and master’s degree recipients. The graduation fee covers the cost of degree audits and evaluations, the diploma, diploma cover, mailing fees, program booklet and other materials. Graduation fees that are not paid after the application is submitted may result in a hold being placed on the student’s record. Diplomas will not be released to graduates with an account balance. Students should make sure all fees, including the Graduation Fee, are paid prior to leaving the College.