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. Any questions regarding the commencement ceremony should be directed to the Student Affairs Office at 313.664.7879 or .

Applications for graduation should be turned in to the Academic Advising & Registration Office for students who plan on graduating in May. There is a $100.00 application fee for undergraduate students and a $175.00 fee for graduate students. Applications for May graduation are due by February 3, 2020. A $25.00 late fee will apply to applications received after the February 3 deadline.

2020 Graduation and Commencement Information

May Graduation & Commencement

Congratulations to our May 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: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Location: Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit
Time: The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m. for ticketed guests of graduates. The ceremony generally concludes at 7:30 p.m. All graduates should be at the Detroit Opera House by 1:00 pm for rehearsal. Graduates must be present for rehearsal and will remain at the venue until after the ceremony. A light buffet will be served to the graduates between the rehearsal and the ceremony. Do not bring unnecessary items, i.e. purse, coat, etc. as there is not a place for storage during the ceremony.

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 April 15. 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 April 15, 2020.

Each graduate will receive 12 tickets for the ceremony. All guests must have a ticket for admittance. Tickets can be picked up by the graduating senior in the Student Affairs Office on or after April 15, 2020. Distribute tickets to your friends and family before the commencement rehearsal; you will not see your guests until after the ceremony. The graduate does not need a ticket.

If a graduate or guest has a mobility impairment (wheelchair, crutches, etc.) or is hearing impaired, notify the Student Affairs Office at 313.664.7879 so that appropriate information can be provided.

The official diploma will be presented during the ceremony (unless academic requirements are not met or there is a hold on your account).

Custom diploma frames are 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 framing company's website,

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 .

A professional photographer from Action Photo will be present to shoot a group photo of the graduating class as well as individual photos of each graduate. These pictures will be available for purchase. Approximately two weeks after graduation, a link will be provided to all graduates for ordering photos online. Any questions about ordering photos can be directed to Fred Ferris at Action Photo 4954 Coventry Rd., Royal Oak, MI 48073 or call 248-288-0333.

There will be a reception following the ceremony at the Taubman Center (485 W. Milwaukee Avenue). The Student Exhibition will be open until 10 p.m. and light refreshments will be available. Artwork will not be for sale until the following night at the official Student Exhibition Opening. Free parking is available in the CCS Parking Structure.

Paid parking is available in the Detroit Opera House Parking Structure located on Broadway, just south of the Detroit Opera House.

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.

Hotel St. Regis
3071 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202

The Inn on Ferry Street
84 E. Ferry St., Detroit, MI 48202

For additional information, please contact the Events Office at 313.664.7464.

The Student Exhibition transforms the College for Creative Studies into a gallery of more than 3,500 student works of art. It is one of Detroit's largest celebrations of creativity showcasing creations by graduating seniors and other up-and-coming artists who craft furniture, sculpture, ceramics, hand-blown glass, jewelry, paintings, photography and other extraordinary works of art. All proceeds from the sale of art go directly to the students to help jump start their careers in art and design. We hope you'll join us either on Opening Night (tickets are available for purchase), or the following two weeks when the event is free & open to the public.

Office of Student Affairs

Second Floor - Yamasaki Building