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Columbus Graduation Checklist

Learn how to prepare for graduation
  • The 2018 Graduation Ceremony at the Columbus Campus will be held on Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in the Physical Education Center. All students who have applied for a diploma or a degree are invited to participate in commencement exercises. (Even students who are continuing at CCC to complete another diploma or degree are invited to participate, in honor of each accomplishment.)

    Please read these important dates, and complete the following checklist:

    ☐ Right away.... Please review all material in this checklist and the Important Graduation Information that follows. Some college student groups require additional steps to ensure appropriate recognition during the ceremony. 

    ☐ By Wednesday, April 25.... Please RSVP to confirm if you will or will not attend the 2018 Graduation Ceremony.

    ☐ By Wednesday, April 25.... Please RSVP to confirm if you will or will not attend the Graduate Appreciation Celebration which is held at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 4. Activities include rehearsal, brunch and prizes. As a graduate, your lunch is paid for by the CCC Foundation.

    ☐ By Thursday, May 3..... Be sure to purchase your graduation regalia at the Columbus Campus Bookstore prior to this date. The cost for your gown (forest green), cap, and tassel, with tax will not exceed $37.19. Also, the Bookstore will provide you with 10 free Graduation Invitations for you to give to your family and friends! (Please note: Gowns, caps & tassels may not be available until April 15.)

    The Columbus Campus Bookstore hours are:
    Monday – Thursday         8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Fridays                               8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    If you are not available during the store’s regular hours, you may call 402-562-1251 and make arrangements for payment and pickup of gown, cap, & tassel.

    ☐ Friday, May 4.... Attend the Graduate Appreciation Celebration at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., beginning in the CCC Fine Arts Theatre. 

    ☐ Friday, May 4.... Attend the 2018 Graduation Ceremony! All graduates will meet to form the processional with faculty and staff in the Fine Arts Theater No later than 6:20 p.m. The Graduation Ceremony will take place in the Physical Education Center at 7:00 p.m. All graduates, family, and friends are invited to the Reception in the Auxiliary Gymnasium immediately following the ceremony. 

    Other Important Graduation Information

    High Academic Achievement

    Honor medallions will be awarded during the ceremony to those students earning a degree (AAS, AA, AS) and who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or above. Eligibility is based on cumulative GPA after the fall semester. Students must participate in the ceremony to receive a medallion. For questions about your eligibility for this honor, please contact Ronda Ryan (402-562-1278,

    Phi Theta Kappa

    Graduates who are members of the Chi Sigma chapter at Columbus may rent their honor regalia (cords and tassels) for $15 from the local chapter. Officers are expected to purchase their tassel for $7.50 through the local chapter but the rest of the regalia (cord, medallion, stole) will be available for renting. Please contact Rosie Heinisch, Faculty POD, for more information. (402) 

    The National Society of Leadership and Success
    (Sigma Alpha Pi)

    Graduates who are inducted members of Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success, are responsible for ordering their own honors stole and cords at Please be sure to place your order early enough for on-time delivery. (Please contact Krynn Larsen if you would like to rent cords for the ceremony.)

    Inducted members have attended and completed the following: Orientation, Leadership Training Day, three Success Networking Team Meetings (SNTS) and three Broadcasts. If you have questions about your membership status, contact one of the advisors.

    Order your NSLS
    honors stole and cords

    Phi Theta Kappa/Salute

    If you are a veteran or current service member, and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa/Salute honor society, you will be able to wear a SALUTE honors stole along with the Phi Theta Kappa honors stole and tassel. Please contact Sarah Woehl at 402-562-1436 for more information on how to get your SALUTE honors stole.


    As a symbolic initiative honoring our graduating veteran and current service member students, red, white and blue Veterans Appreciation Honor Cords will be made available to any graduating Veteran student interested in wearing one during the ceremony. Contact Sarah Woehl at 402-562-1436 for further information.

    Register for the Veterans
    and Military Graduation Cord


    Nursing students will be pinned during the ceremony.


    A professional photographer from Iris Photography will be taking pictures at the graduation ceremony as each graduate receives his/her degree or diploma. The CCC Foundation Office will mail one 4x6 complimentary photograph to you once your graduation status has been verified by the registrar’s office. (Expect the photograph to arrive approximately eight weeks after your degree or diploma is completed.) After the ceremony, you will also be able to purchase additional photographs directly from Iris Photography. For more information, please contact Cheri Beda, Alumni Director, at or 308-398-7437. Digital photos will be available for viewing about a week after commencement. Check back here for a link. The site will require a password to view photos. Please check your graduation packet or contact Cheri Beda. 

    Degrees and Diplomas

    Don’t be alarmed when you open your degree folder at graduation and find it empty! Final grades are due several days after the ceremony; thus, your final academic credit check will take place after that. If you are completing your requirements in May, you can expect your degree and/or diploma in the mail by the end of June. If you are a summer graduate, you can look for your degree and/or diploma at the beginning of September. (You should have already received your degree/diploma if you earned it in December.)

    *Please note: If you have an outstanding balance with the Student Accounts Office, you will not have access to your transcript and your degree will not be mailed to you until all remaining bills are paid. Contact the Student Accounts Office to take care of any outstanding balances.


    The CCC-Columbus Support Staff will be selling DVDs of this year’s Graduation Ceremony. Proceeds from this sale go to the CCC-Columbus Support Staff Student Scholarship Fund. A DVD order form will be included in your mailed graduation packet in mid-April. Please complete the form and return it with your payment by May 25, 2018. For more information, please contact Elizabeth at 402-562-1257,  

    Disability Services

    For graduation seating or parking accessibility needs, please contact Michele Lutz at 402-562-1240 or

    Seeking Full Time Employment?

    If you would like your name, address, and phone number included on a list of graduates to be sent to employers, please complete and sign the following release. Employers may then call you with employment opportunities. Deadline to submit: April 22, 2018.

    Career & Employment Services
    Registration & Release

    Questions about the Ceremony?

    Ronda Ryan
    Kathy Margheim