Graduation Application

Graduation Requirements

In order to receive a degree or certificate from East Central College, students must satisfactorily complete the prescribed course requirements for a degree or certificate program as specified in the catalog or other current, East Central College document. Students planning to graduate should:

  • Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all college level credit earned (Certain programs may require a higher GPA).
  • Complete at least 15 of the student’s last 30 semester hours of college level credit in residence at East Central College.
  • Submit an Application for Graduation, available from the Office of the Registrar or the College website, or apply for graduation via eCentral.
  • Complete an exit examination as specified by the College for the degree or certificate earned.
  • Settle all financial obligations to East Central College.
  • If not already on file, provide official high school transcript or G.E.D certificate.

Commencement Ceremony Information

East Central College has one commencement ceremony per year in May. Fall, spring, and summer graduates who have applied by the February 15 spring deadline are invited to attend the spring ceremony. Summer candidates for graduation who submit their applications after the spring deadline will be invited to attend the ceremony the following spring.

The 2018 commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, May 12, at 11:30 a.m. in the Gymnasium located on the second floor of the Donald D. Shook Student Center, located on the Union campus.

Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsal for commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 11. Additional information about rehearsal will be sent to students who have applied for graduation during the spring 2018 semester. The rehearsal is not mandatory.

Cap & Gown Information

Caps and gowns will be available for order online beginning in mid-February. All commencement participants must dress in academic regalia. Cap and gown sets are $29.99 plus tax, payable when picked up at the ECC Bookstore. The Bookstore also has announcements available for purchase. They are $7.50 for a set of ten. If you have questions, the Bookstore can be reached at 636-584-6737.

Graduates who have borrowed regalia from a former ECC graduate  should email: to notify the Registrar’s Office that they plan to participate in the ceremony. This regalia must be a match to what is being sold in the Bookstore.

Tassels are to be worn on the right side of the cap. Caps are to be worn flat on the head. As soon as you purchase regalia take it out of the packaging, check the size, and hang up to remove wrinkles. (If you must iron the gown for any stubborn wrinkles be sure to use the lowest or cool setting, or it may melt the fabric.)

The gown is black and therefore dark dress slacks or a skirt that does not show below the gown’s hemline look best. Do not wear a boutonniere on your gown.

Ceremony Rules

Looking your best and conducting yourself in a manner appropriate to the decorum of this time-honored ceremony are ways you can show pride in your accomplishment. Be sure someone brings a camera for pictures before or after the ceremony. Please leave the beach balls and silly string at home. Even if you may not personally care about preserving the dignity and decorum of the commencement ceremony, please do not spoil it for those who are proud of their accomplishment.

Students With Special Needs

Please inform the Graduation Office immediately of any special arrangements that will enable you to participate fully in the commencement exercises by calling 636-584-6553.

Guest Information

Tickets are not required. Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 10:30am. Seating on the floor will be reserved for guests needing special physical accommodations or wheel chair accessible arrangements.   Commencement guests are requested to remain in their seats during the entire ceremony, which lasts approximately 80 minutes. Overflow seating will be available in the Cafeteria. The seating in the cafeteria also provides guests with space to move around if needed.

Graduates are requested to prearrange a meeting place with their guests at a location outside the building. Finding them may be difficult after the ceremony. A reception will be held in the cafeteria at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Guests With Special Needs

The seating on the floor behind the graduates and faculty will be reserved for guests and their families who are unable to sit in bleachers. There will be approximately 200 chairs available. The bottom row of the bleachers is also reserved for families of guests with special needs. Please note that all seating will be opened to the general public fifteen minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Facilities will run several golf carts around the parking lots to pick up any guests who may need a lift to the building entrance. Wheel chairs will be available to transport guests to and from the parking lot if needed. There will be personnel available to assist with wheel chairs just inside the doors of Loading Dock 1 in front of the entrance to the Bookstore in the Donald Shook Student Center (DSSC).

Elevator access is available from any level of the DSSC.

Graduation Photos

Professional photos will be taken at the ceremony and will be available for purchase through Grad Images.

Phi Theta Kappa Members

If you would like to have a gold tassel and/or stole to wear at commencement, and you have not completed the chapter’s 5-Star Member program requirements, you have 2 options:

  1. Order from PTK headquarters. Go to You will need your member ID number to order online. This is available on your PTK ID card that came with your certificate. (Debit or credit card will be required to order online.)
  2. You may also contact Kevin Dixon, chapter advisor, who has a limited supply of each available for purchase on a first-come/first-served basis. The tassel costs $10; the stole costs $18 plus shipping and handling. You must contact Mr. Dixon at or 636-584-6631 to reserve yours.

Questions? - Contact Information

Please contact the Graduation Office if you have any questions at 636-584-6553 or

The Graduation Office is located on the first floor of Buescher Hall.  Check in at the Student Service Center in the lobby.

Graduation Application Deadlines

Fall Semester September 15
Spring Semester February 15
Summer Semester* June 15

*If you would like to walk in the spring graduation ceremony, you must apply by the spring deadline*

You may submit the application at any time during the year, however to ensure that you will be considered during a certain term you must submit it by the dates above.
Application for Graduation


Please wear a white or light colored dress shirt and tie. Although some consider the tie optional, the shirt collar and tie are visible at the throat of the gown. Since the gown is black, dark dress slacks look best. Do not wear a boutonniere on your gown.