Celebrating Our Graduates - Change of Venue to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

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.

UPDATE: Due to predicted thunderstorms, Commencement ceremonies have been moved indoors to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 1849 Lincoln Avenue, Whiting, IN.

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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.

  1. 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
  2. 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

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.

Learn how Career Services is here to help you.

Commencement (Saturday, May 21) – UPDATE

Commencement will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at 1849 Lincoln Ave, Whiting IN. Doors to the church are on Lincoln Ave. and will open at 11:00 A.M. for guests with tickets. Graduates are expected to arrive promptly at 11:00 A.M. at St. John the Baptist School (across the street from the church at 1844 Lincoln Avenue) with their cap and gown to register and receive instructions. Graduates are to enter the school through door A and walk downstairs to the cafeteria. Please leave all personal belongings (such as coats, purses or bags) with your guests prior to the ceremony.

Commencement tickets and seating options

Reserved seats

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. Each student participating in the commencement ceremony has received four tickets to the commencement exercise. We cannot replace lost, stolen or misplaced tickets.

Parking

Parking for all graduates and guests is available at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church,  is on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is no reserving space for someone who is not currently there.

No strollers, infant carriers, or balloons are permitted in the church so please leave them in your vehicle.

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 www.ccsj.edu/live.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Commencement: Saturday, May 21, 2022
  • Location: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1849 Lincoln Avenue, Whiting, IN.
  • Doors to the church will open at 11:00 A.M. and are located on Lincoln Avenue.
  • 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 commencement@ccsj.edu.

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.

Yes! Share your photos on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn using the hashtag #CCSJGrad22. Be sure to tag Calumet College of St. Joseph!

For More Graduation Information

CHERYL DAVIS
Manager Student Services

 Phone: (219) 473-4321
 E-mail: commencement@ccsj.edu

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