Student Affairs

Finishing Up - Graduation

They've accomplished a great deal — it's time to celebrate your student's hard work and dedication to reach their academic goals and hone their artistic skills.

Preparations begin early in the year to ensure they have met their graduation requirements and to plan the commencement ceremony. Questions about graduation requirements should be directed to the Academic Advising and Registration Office at (313)664-7672. Any questions regarding the commencement ceremony should be directed to the Student Affairs Office at (313) 664-7879 or .

2018 Graduation and Commencement Information

2018 December Commencement Information

Congratulations to our December graduates!  We are proud of their accomplishments and are excited to see what the future holds for them.  We will celebrate this great achievement with a Commencement ceremony and reception. 

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Location: Taubman Center, 11th floor – Benson and Edith Ford Conference Center
Time: The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m.

A reception for all graduates and their families will be held following the Commencement Ceremony. There will be an exhibition of graduating students’ work (see Exhibition Policy below) on display and light refreshments will be available. Free parking is available in the CCS Parking Structure. 

Important Information for Graduates:

  • Application for Graduation should be turned in to the Academic Advising and Registration office for students who plan on graduating in December 2018. There is a $100.00 application fee for undergraduates and a $175.00 fee for students graduating with a Master’s Degree. Applications are due by Monday, October 1st.
  • Graduates will wear academic apparel (a cap and gown) for the ceremony. Academic apparel can be picked up in the Student Affairs Office (2nd floor of the Yamasaki) on or after Wednesday, November 14, 2018. On that day, graduates will also receive cords to wear during the ceremony which signifies their specific major and/or minor department(s).

December Commencement Exhibition Policy

Students graduating in December are required to show one piece of work (or a set of work that is hung together, such as a triptych), reviewed and approved by the appropriate Department Chair, in the December Commencement Exhibition. The December Commencement Exhibition Artwork Approval form is available through the Academic Advising and Registration Office and must be submitted by the due date offered on the form. December graduates may also show their work in the May Student Exhibition. Under certain circumstances, Department Chairs may waive participation for students who have fulfilled all graduation requirements as outlined in the course catalog.

Graduates will wear academic apparel (a cap and gown) for the ceremony. Cap and gown measurement information is collected on the application for graduation. The cap and gown can be picked up in the Student Affairs Office (2nd floor of the Yamasaki building) on or after Wednesday November 14th. The gown should be put on a hanger as soon as possible, do not iron the gown, steam it if necessary. Graduates will wear the cord(s) that come with their cap and gown around their necks, as each color signifies their specific major and/or minor department(s).

Each graduate will receive 20 announcements. They can be picked up in the Student Affairs Office (Yamasaki building – 2nd floor) on or after November 14, 2018.

Tickets are not required for December graduation.

Diplomas will be mailed in February to the student's address on file (unless academic requirements are not met or there is a hold on your account).

Custom diploma frames are now available through the Student Affairs Office. There are two options: a high gloss black frame with gold trim and a contemporary black frame. Both come with a custom double mat, in black and gold, which has the college seal and name embossed in gold. The frames are designed to hold an 11" by 14" diploma.

The cost of each frame is $85 plus tax if they are purchased on campus and $115 plus tax if they need to be shipped. This price reflects the actual costs. They are also available through the company's website,, for $130.

If you would like to order a frame you can stop by the Student Affairs Office during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or contact us at 313.664.7879 or .

There will be a reception following the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served and student artwork will be displayed.

Free parking will be available in the CCS Parking Structure.  The CCS parking structure is located on Baltimore Street between Cass Avenue and Second Avenue on the left side of the street. 

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