Download: Graduation Application
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 hours of college level credit through 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.
The 2020 commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, May 16th, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. in the Donald D. Shook Student Center, located on the Union campus.
East Central College has one commencement ceremony per year in May. Fall, spring, and summer graduates who have applied by the spring deadline are invited to attend the spring ceremony.
Rehearsal for commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 15th. Additional information about rehearsal will be sent to students who have applied for graduation during the spring 2020 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: email@example.com 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.)
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. 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.
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. Please leave the beach balls, confetti, 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. It also can create a trip hazard.
Students Needing Special Accommodations
Please inform the Graduation Office immediately of any special arrangements that will enable you to participate fully in the commencement exercises by calling 636-584-6554.
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:
- Order from PTK headquarters. Go to http://recognitions.ptk.org. 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.)
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-584-6631 to reserve yours.
Veterans and active duty/reserve members of the U.S. Armed forces will be presented with a red, white, and blue cord to wear if they attend the ceremony. The cords will be given to the graduate during the processional line up just prior to the ceremony. Please notify the Graduation Office if you have honorably served or are currently serving and plan to attend the ceremony so that we may reserve a cord for you.
Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 10:30am. Seating on the floor will be initially 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.
Please leave silly string and confetti at home. The floor can become hazardous for other guests and graduates.
Guests Needing Special Accommodations
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.
Professional photos will be taken at the ceremony and will be available for purchase through Grad Images.
Notification of Degree/Certificate
Final grades will be posted the week following final exams. Graduates will be notified via email when degrees/certificates have been posted.
When requesting transcripts, be sure to select the option to have your transcript sent after your degree or certificate has been posted. Transcripts can be ordered at any time.
Diplomas for graduates will be available for pick-up with three weeks of the end of the semester at the Student Services Desk in Buescher Hall on the Union Campus. Students will be notified via email and text when the diplomas become available. Please have photo ID when picking up your diploma. Hours are 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday – Thursday and 8:00am – 2:00pm on Fridays. Any remaining diplomas will be mailed to the address we have on file three weeks after the initial pick-up date.
Rolla students need to email email@example.com if they desire to pick up their diploma at the Rolla Main site.
|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