A CSU graduate at commencement.
Credit: Cleveland State University
A graduating CSU student walks the stage in Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center.

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A know-how guide for December graduates: where to get your regalia, number of guests allowed, and how to have your name pronounced correctly as you walk across the stage.

Fall commencement is quickly approaching and CSU students who are graduating are starting to prepare. 

Students graduating in December have been waiting for this moment since entering college. Many feared that it would not happen due to the ongoing pandemic.

Filled with excitement, students are finally starting to receive information for graduation that is starting to make this long-awaited moment feel real. 

CSU officials sent out an email to all graduating students Nov. 4 with information and what they need to do next before graduation. CSU also has a webpage which provides a lot of information to help students navigate the run up to their graduation ceremony.

Due to COVID-19, this will be the first in-person commencement at the Wolstein Center since 2019. Students are allowed four guests to accompany them to the ceremony on Dec.12.

Students received information on purchasing their regalia either in person by Dec. 11 or online by Nov. 30. The email also asked them to submit the correct pronunciation of their name by Dec. 5 to ensure no mishaps there when they step onto the stage. 

Students are also encouraged to attend the Grad Fair on Nov. 9 in the bookstore. At the fair they will be able to place all graduation orders, fill out name cards, join the alumni group and look at class rings.

The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Dec.12 for the students in eight of CSU colleges listed below:

  • College of Graduate Studies
  • Monte Ahuja College of Business
  • College of Education & Human Services
  • Washkewicz College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Nursing
  • College of Sciences and Health Professions
  • Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

A second graduation ceremony will be held, beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. The afternoon ceremony will honor CSU's 2020 graduates who were unable to walk the stage due to pandemic safety protocols. The above eight colleges will be represented as well as the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

More information will come later on acquiring tickets for guests and for the day of commencement. 

If students have any questions they can email or they can call 216-687-5045. Meanwhile, please bookmark