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Fall 2021 Commencement Activities

There will be two Fall 2021 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Both ceremonies will be streamed live.

  • 9:00 a.m. ceremony - Last names A through L
  • 11:30 a.m. ceremony - Last names M through Z

Email if you have any questions.

View videos from our Spring 2021/Spring 2020 commencement activities.


Tickets are required and two tickets are available for each student. All seating is in the bleachers. Seats have been marked. Due to safety hazards baby strollers are discouraged. Due to safety hazards, baby strollers are discouraged. If a baby stroller is necessary, it must be left in the entrance of the gymnasium at your own risk.   

No one will be admitted without a ticket. No exceptions. Guests may watch the ceremony broadcast live. Also, if your guest has special needs, please email or call 931.540.2570. 


The Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live for family and friends who are unable to attend. As the date of commencement approaches, we will provide a link for family and friends on front of the Columbia State website and the link will be emailed to all graduates.


Please feel free to bring your cameras to take photos. The aisles need to remain clear at all times, especially during the processional and recessional. Grad Images is the official photographer for graduation. Graduates will be photographed as they cross the stage and shake hands with the President and once again after they exit the stage. Graduation photographs will be made available for purchase through the photographer. However, you are under no obligation to purchase photographs. Many candid photos will be taken by Columbia State staff. Photos will be posted to our webpage.

Parking and Drop-Off Location

 Graduation Parking and Legend


Your safety is our first priority. As you arrive, you will be greeted upon entry by security personnel who will conduct a speedy inspection of all bags, purses and containers you may have with you. For safety and courtesy none of the following items will be allowed inside or outside during the Commencement Ceremonies.

  • Balloons, blow up items, beach balls, inflatables
  • Glass containers, vases or bottles
  • Silly string or aerosol cans of any kind
  • Illegal substances of any kind
  • Laser pens or pointers
  • Lawn chairs or portable seating
  • Alcohol of any kind
  • Fireworks or incendiary devices including party/confetti poppers
  • Offensive signs or banners or signs or banners over 8.5” X 11”
  • Weapons or other threatening objects of any kind (including spiked jewelry or chains)
  • Pets (other than service animals)
  • Water guns, spray bottles, or misters
  • Drones or any type of UAV
  • Remote control devices of any kind
  • Airsoft products
  • Facial masks of any type
  • Mace or pepper spray
  • Musical instruments
  • Any other item deemed unacceptable by Columbia State Security or Staff
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Columbia State is smoke and tobacco-free at all five campuses. This policy prohibits the use of all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff, e-cigarettes and other similar devices.