Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Graduation Information

May 2022 Commencement - Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chicoine Center

The Winter 2020 Virtual Commencement will appear here at 2 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, December 18. Subscribe to the CSC YouTube channel for additional notification about this event.

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Credit Hour Requirements (Undergraduate)

For more information about Credit Hour Requirements, please consult Nebraska State College System, Board Policy 4140.

  • Students must earn a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, of which 40 credit hours must be in 300 or 400 (junior or senior) level courses, to meet the requirements for all baccalaureate degrees.
  • Students are required to use a catalog of the year they enrolled or a subsequent catalog. Students may not graduate under the provisions of a catalog issued more than five years prior to the end of the semester in which they expect to complete their work, unless they have been in military service or have earned college credit in residence at Chadron during each calendar year since beginning the program of study.
  • For the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, students must complete either (1) a comprehensive major of 48 to 57 credits, or (2) a subject major of 30 to 36 credits and a minor of 18 to 21 credits.
  • Students who do not transfer in an Associate’s degree that has a minimum of 30 hours of general studies coursework, must complete all Essential Studies courses as listed in the catalog. Transfer guides indicate courses from other institutions that may satisfy individual Essential Studies course requirements. Depending on the program of study, Essential Studies requirements may vary. Consult your academic advisor or your degree audit in your MyCSC.
  • No more than 66 credit hours may be transferred or applied towards a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Education degree from accredited 2-year institutions. Students with an Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Associate of Occupational Science (AOS) degree who are pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (BAS) degree:
    • May transfer 66 credit hours to CSC
    • Must earn 40 upper division credit hours
    • Must fulfill Essential Studies minimum credit requirements in each of the Student Learning Outcomes 2 through 11. It is recommended that students select upper division courses in order to help achieve the necessary 40 upper division credit hour requirement.
  • Unlimited credit hours may be transferred from accredited four-year institutions, although individual programs may have restrictions and the student must meet other graduation requirements.
  • A minimum completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit earned from Chadron State College.
  • Twenty-four of the last 30 semester hours of credit must be from Chadron State College.
  • Graduation with Academic Honors requires completion of at least 45 hours from Chadron State College by the end of the first 8-week session of the semester in which graduation occurs.
    • Those attaining high grade point averages will be cited as follows:
    • 3.90 - 4.00 Summa Cum Laude
    • 3.75 - 3.89 Magna Cum Laude
    • 3.60 - 3.74 Cum Laude
    • Graduate students and students receiving a second Bachelor's Degree are not eligible for honors recognition

Second Baccalaureate Degree

A second baccalaureate degree may be earned by completing at least 30 credit hours beyond the first degree, fifteen of which must be at the 300-400 level, and satisfying the current requirements for the second degree at Chadron State College. These requirements include those for a comprehensive major, or subject major and minor. Essential Studies courses do not need to be repeated. A student may not earn more than one degree simultaneously at Chadron State College. Students pursuing a second baccalaureate degree are not eligible for academic honors.

Graduation Checklist

Printable Checklist

  • Register for classes as early as possible to avoid classes filling up, and disrupting your track for graduation.
  • Check your degree audit to ensure you have satisfied all requirements - reach out to the START Office or your Academic Advisor for assistance.
  • Troubleshoot with your Academic Advisor if the course rotations get off track with your graduation plans.
  • Complete your graduation application (available on your To-Do List in MyCSC) before the deadline:
    • Spring Commencement (May) – November 15
    • Winter Commencement (December) – April 15
    • Summer Commencement (No formal ceremony) – February 15
  • Pay the $20 degree fee with the submission of your graduation application.
  • Settle your student account - you need to have a $0 balance.
  • Complete Exit Loan Counseling if you obtained student loans while attending CSC.
  • Order your academic regalia (caps, gowns, tassels etc.) no later than 2 weeks prior to graduation if you are planning to walk in the ceremony (
  • Prepare for job interviews - see Deena Kennell in Career Services (Library Learning Commons) for assistance with:
    • Resume building - create your template
    • Interview tips & mock interviews
    • Job searching
  • Attend the fall and spring job fairs and/or teacher interview day for education majors (
    • Bring your resume
    • Dress for interviews
  • Seek out faculty/advisor for job references.
  • Complete Assessment Surveys - invitations will be sent to your email, so watch for them! We need your feedback!
  • Request your guests attending the graduation ceremony to make hotel reservation as early as possible - rooms fill up fast!
  • Attend graduation practice:
    • May Graduation – day before ceremony
    • December Graduation – same day as ceremony
  • Celebrate your success, and walk across the stage!

Application/Commencement Information (Graduate and Undergraduate)

  • Undergraduate Candidate Application: As you near the completion of your undergraduate program, a graduation application will be placed on your To-Dos within your MyCSC account. Please fill it out and submit to Records by the deadline.
  • Graduate Candidate Application: A link to the application can be found in your MyCSC To-Dos. All graduate students must have a Plan of Study on file with Records to be eligible to apply for graduation.
  • Deadlines for applying are:
    • Spring Commencement (May) - November 15
    • Winter Commencement (December) - April 15
    • Summer Commencement (No formal ceremony) - February 15
  • If the student’s program of study qualifies them for majors in two different degrees (e.g. a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Range Management), the student must select the degree (Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science) to be conferred. All majors will be recorded on the transcript.
  • Candidates must have completed or be enrolled in all courses required for the degree prior to application for graduation. Any coursework required for the degree that is incomplete or in progress from a previous term must be completed and graded prior to commencement.
  • Candidates for degrees are required to take part in the formal exercises of commencement unless prior notification is given to Records. Candidates for degrees are required to wear the academic cap and gown at the commencement exercise. All commencement regalia will be available to order several months prior to graduation.

Exit Assessments

As part of the graduation process, exit assessments for some academic programs and Essential Studies are required of all students. Dates and times of these assessments will be scheduled and taken throughout the candidate’s final year at Chadron State College. You must contact your department to see what, if any, assessment is required.

Specific Teacher Candidate Requirements

  • Teacher candidates who are seeking the Bachelor of Science in Education degree must complete one field or subject endorsement for secondary certificates or an area of concentration for the elementary certificate, along with the requirements for the professional year which includes a teacher internship. Contact the CSC Education Department for more information.
  • A 2.75 grade point average, from all institutions attended, must be attained for the Bachelor of Science in Education programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I park for graduation?

  • Chadron State College map
  • There is parking to the west and south of the Chicoine Center entrance. There is also parking available to the North of Armstrong Gymnasium. To get to the Chicoine Center, enter the College at Memorial Hall (10th and Main), proceed south past the Nelson Physical Activity Center, turn east, and the Chicoine Center is past the football stadium. To get to Armstrong Gymnasium, enter the College at Memorial Hall (10th and Main), proceed south, turn east just past the Sheaman Heating Plant onto W 12th Street and continue past the football stadium. Armstrong Gymnasium is on the south side of the street with parking on the north side.

What time is the ceremony?

  • Winter (December) Commencement: 2:00 p.m.on the last Friday of the semester
  • Spring (May) Commencement: 10:00 a.m. the Saturday following the final day of the semester

Is there a graduation rehearsal?

  • Yes.  Winter rehearsal is at 11 a.m. the day of the ceremony. Spring rehearsal is at 3 p.m. the Friday before the ceremony.
  • Rehearsal is not mandatory; however, it is helpful.
  • Do not wear academic regalia for rehearsal

What time do the doors open for graduation?

  • The doors will be open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony

Is there reserved seating? Is there handicapped seating?

  • No, seating is general admission. However, upon request, Records can reserve seats in handicapped sections for the ceremony.

Where do I go for graduation lineup?

  • Armstrong Gymnasium (attached to the Chicoine Center)

Will my major/endorsement/minor be listed on my diploma?

  • No, it will only have the degree (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education, etc.). The transcript will have the degree, major, endorsement, minor, etc.

Where will I get my honors medals?

  • For undergraduate students graduating with academic honors of Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude, they will be available at graduation lineup (or Ivy Day for spring commencement). All other honors ropes or medals are available through the organizations or academic departments.

When will my degree be posted to my transcript?

  • As long as all requirements are completed, degrees will be posted two weeks after graduation. Transcripts that are placed on hold until degrees are posted will be released on or before this date.

Am I required to attend the commencement ceremony?

  • No, however graduates are encouraged to attend.

If I do not attend the ceremony, when will I receive my diploma?

  • Diplomas will be mailed approximately 2-3 weeks after graduation.

If I attended the ceremony, when will I receive my “real” diploma?

  • The diploma is a ceremonial document that is intended as a keepsake to display. The one that is received during the ceremony is the “real” diploma and another one will not be issued at a later date. If there was no diploma in the cover, this was due to a missing requirement or a hold. Please contact Records the Monday following graduation for assistance.

Are photos available of the graduates?

  • Yes, photos and DVDs are available through the Student Alumni Council (SAC) and may be purchased online. These are generally available ten days after the ceremony.
  • Commencement recordings are also available on the CSC YouTube Channel.

Is there a reception after the ceremony?

  • After the ceremony, the President invites all graduates along with their friends and family to attend a reception on the mezzanine of the Chicoine Center.