East Central College’s 2021 commencement ceremony will be held in person. Multiple ceremonies with a maximum of fifty graduates each have been planned to keep our graduates and families safe. All graduates from Fall 2019  through Summer 2021 are invited to attend. The ceremonies will take place May 15th and May 16th.

RSVP for one of the ceremonies below:

Saturday, May 15th 1:00 PM (FULL)

Saturday, May 15th 4:00 PM (This ceremony will focus on our 2020 graduates from Fall 2019 through Summer 2020. Graduates from 2021 are also welcome to participate and 2020 graduates are welcome at any ceremony. However, this ceremony has been set aside to specifically address our 2020 graduates.)

Sunday, May 16th, 1:00 PM

Sunday, May 16th, 4:00 PM

All ceremonies will be live streamed. 

Virtual Ceremony Option – Graduates who wish to have their name read during a ceremony, but do not wish to attend in person, can notify the Graduation Office at Please submit a picture to be displayed as your name is read.

Nursing Graduates – Please RSVP for the pinning and commencement ceremony through the Allied Health Office or email There is a separate ceremony planned for Saturday, May 15th, at 10:00AM.

Cap & Gowns – Caps and Gowns are available at the ECC Bookstore. Cap and gown sets are $29.99, plus tax.  If you have questions, the Bookstore can be reached at 636-584-6737. Rolla students can request to have their regalia sent to the Rolla site.

See the Commencement Ceremony Information link below for additional cap and gown, guest, and general ceremony information.

Questions or Concerns about your RSVP? Email or call us at 636-583-6579.


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  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.

Commencement Ceremony Information

Ceremony Safety and RSVP

We will be hosting several smaller ceremonies in 2021 to allow for plenty of spacing for graduates and families. We will be sanitizing the facility between each ceremony. Graduates will be required to RSVP to manage the size of each ceremony. Masks are required.

Graduates 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 emailing

Guest Information

Graduates will request guest seating when they RSVP for a ceremony. There will be seating areas for up to 6 guests in a group. Graduates will receive seating information the first week in May and will be able to request additional guest seating on the RSVP form. Ushers will be on hand to direct guests to their seats and a seating chart will be available upon arrival.

Finding your graduate may be difficult after the ceremony. Graduates are requested to prearrange a meeting place with their guests at a location outside the building. The recessional will be dismissed outside at the end of the ceremony.

Guests are requested to stay in their seats during the ceremony. The ceremony will last approximately 45 minutes.

Live Streaming will be available for all ceremonies for family and friends who wish to celebrate with their graduate virtually.

Guests Needing Special Accommodations

When graduates RSVP guest seating, they will be able to identify any required special accommodations for their guests. 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.

Elevator access is available from any level of the Donald Shook Student Center.

Cap & Gown Information

Caps and Gowns are available at the ECC Bookstore. All commencement participants must dress in academic regalia. Cap and gown sets are $29.99, plus tax. 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. Rolla students can request to have their regalia sent to the Rolla site. Graduates are always welcome to borrow regalia from former ECC graduates. The regalia has not changed.

Tassels are to be worn on the right side of the cap. Caps are to be worn flat on the head and may be decorated as long as the decorations and messages are not distracting. 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.) Do not wear a boutonniere on your gown.

Phi Theta Kappa Members

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

  1. Order from PTK headquarters. Go to PTK members will need their member ID number to order online. The PTK ID cards were sent with the membership 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.

Service Members

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.

Graduation Photos

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

Ceremony Questions

Email or call (636) 584-6579 regarding any ceremony questions you may have about the commencement ceremony.


Transcripts and Diplomas

Transcripts and Diplomas

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 or wait until you receive your graduate notification email from the Registrar’s Office.


Diplomas for graduates will be mailed within three weeks of the end of the semester. Students will be notified via email and text when the diplomas are mailed out.

Questions? - Contact Information

Please contact the Graduation Office if you have any questions at 636-584-6579 or