Spring 2024 Graduation and Commencement Information

Thursday, May 9, 2024
Doors open TBD
Ceremony begins TBD.

Graduates are to arrive 2 hours prior to the start of Commencement for rehearsal.

Doors will open 1 hour prior to the start of Commencement for guests. The ceremony lasts approximately one hour. Graduates are asked to stay for the entire ceremony. Tickets will be required for all guests age three and over.

Graduation Application for Degree

To be eligible to graduate, you must complete a graduation application, and apply prior to the JANUARY 31, 2024 deadline. Check the CCS Academic Calendar for the published deadline for the semester of intended graduation.

The graduation application fee is $50.00 (for both Undergraduate and Graduate students.) Questions regarding the graduation application, or diploma, can be directed to the Registrar’s Office during business hours, 9 am – 4 pm; 313-664-7672; aaro@ccsdetroit.edu.

Graduates participating in Commencement ceremonies are required to purchase regalia through the CCS BOOKSTORE website page (click the “School Spirit” tab) or see the below “Additional Information Diploma Frames, Class Rings, Alumni Spirit Wear” to place regalia order.

Students will be responsible for ordering their regalia online starting January 8 and closing on February 21.

Questions regarding regalia or Commencement details can be directed to the Student Affairs Office during business hours, 9 am – 4 pm; 313.664.7879; studentlife@ccsdetroit.edu. Students must apply for graduation through the Registrar’s Office to be confirmed for degree/program completion and/or to participate in Commencement ceremonies.

Additional Information

Venue

To be announced in early March.

Parking at/ near venues is available; guests should anticipate paying for parking. Carpooling is encouraged.

Graduates with Mobility Limitations 
If a graduate has a mobility impairment (wheelchair, crutches, etc.) or is hearing impaired, please notify the Student Affairs Office during business hours, 9 am – 4 pm, at 313.664.7879 or studentlife@ccsdetroit.edu.

Wheelchair/Mobility-Limitation Seating
CCS and the venue hosting Commencement do not provide wheelchairs for guests. Guests with mobility limitations or who have difficulty walking are encouraged to bring their own wheelchair.
Guests arriving in a wheelchair should ask a venue usher for assistance to the designated seating area. Every effort will be made to try and seat guests together; however, accessible seating is limited and, due to space constraints, an escort may not be able to accompany the guest to the special seating area.

Commencement will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend in person.

First Aid 
First aid is available during all ceremonies. Please contact a staff member and/ or venue usher if assistance is needed.

Tickets

Each graduate will receive 10 tickets for their guests. Graduating students will not need a ticket for the ceremony. Please plan to distribute tickets to guests ahead of time; graduates will not be able to meet guests at the entrance to give them tickets. There is also no will-call option. Tickets will be handed out at the cap and gown pickup.

Regalia (Cap & Gown)

Order Regalia (Student responsibility)
January 8 – February 21 | Online ordering available 24/7
Graduates participating in Commencement ceremonies are required to purchase regalia through the CCS BOOKSTORE (click the School Spirit tab.) Ordering website available January 8 – February 21.

Pick Up Regalia
April 15 – May 8 | Monday – Friday; 9 am – 4 pm
Location of Pick up: Student Affairs Office (2nd Floor); Yamasaki Building; Ford Campus
Questions regarding regalia can be directed to the Student Affairs Office during business hours, 9 am – 4 pm; 313.664.7879; studentlife@ccsdetroit.edu.

Recycle your Regalia (Cap and Gown)
Consider recycling your regalia. Put regalia in a bag noted “Regalia Donation. Attn: Student Affairs” and drop off to any CCS Campus Security location, Department Program Manager or Campus Office.

In the effort to remain green on campus, all College for Creative Studies graduates will be wearing environmentally conscious GreenWeaver® regalia, made here in the USA.

This line of graduation wear is made of fabric spun from molten plastic pellets produced from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Each year in the US more than 35 billion plastic water bottles are thrown away, enough to circle the Earth four times. Most end up in landfills or incinerators, and millions litter America’s streets, parks, and waterways. With an average of 25 plastic bottles being used to produce your cap and gown; you are helping to ensure a cleaner, healthier future for our planet.

Diplomas

For May graduates, each graduate is presented with a diploma cover during the Commencement ceremony to mark the occasion. Diplomas will be available for pick up in person in the Yamasaki Building on the Ford campus. If not picked up they will be mailed within six weeks after the Commencement ceremony to the address provided on the graduation application.

For December graduates, each graduate is presented with a diploma cover during the Commencement ceremony to mark the occasion. The official diploma will be mailed to the address provided on the graduation application in late January.

Diplomas will not be released to students with account holds (see notifications in Self-Service.)

Questions regarding the diploma and certificates, or ordering a replacement diploma or certificates, can be directed to the Registrar’s office at 313-664-7672; aaro@ccsdetroit.edu

Reception

For May graduates, a reception offering a preview of the Student Exhibition will take place following the ceremony. Graduates are welcome to bring their Commencement guests to the campus for a reception and Exhibition preview. Tickets are not required for the reception.

For December graduates, a reception will take place following the ceremony. Details TBD. Tickets are not required for the reception.

Live Streaming

CCS anticipates that Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed when available. Venue limitations may impact CCS’s ability to offer a live streaming option.

Accessibility

Graduates with Mobility Limitations

If a graduate has a mobility impairment (wheelchair, crutches, etc.) or is hearing impaired, please notify the Student Affairs Office during business hours, 9 am – 4 pm, at 313.664.7879 or studentlife@ccsdetroit.edu

Wheelchair/ Mobility Limitation Seating

CCS and the venue hosting Commencement do not provide wheelchairs for guests.

Guests with mobility limitations or who have difficulty walking are encouraged to bring their own wheelchair.
Guests arriving in a wheelchair should ask a venue usher for assistance to the designated seating area. Every effort will be made to try and seat guests together; however, accessible seating is limited and, due to space constraints, an escort may not be able to accompany the guest to the special seating area.

CCS anticipates that Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed when available. Venue limitations may impact CCS’s ability to offer a live streaming option.

First Aid

First aid is available during all ceremonies. Please contact a staff member and/ or venue usher if assistance is needed.

Diploma Frames, Class Rings, Alumni Spirit Wear

Visit the CCS Bookstore, (click the School Spirit tab) or in person, to purchase diploma frames, class rings and alumni merchandise.

College for Creative Studies Bookstore is located in the Taubman Center (TC) (460 W Baltimore, Detroit, MI 48202) 313.664.1160. Visit the CCS Bookstore website for hours. Street parking or the CCS parking structure is located across the street from the TC.

The CCS Bookstore is open to the public.

Office of Student Affairs

Second Floor – Yamasaki Building
313.664.7879
studentlife@ccsdetroit.edu