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Graduation Ceremony

Graduating students

For information about the ceremony, please see the Graduation Ceremony page.

Am I Ready to Graduate?

If you have completed 30 hours toward an associate degree or half of the coursework required for a certificate, you may submit an Application for Graduation. Graduation is applied to a specific semester. For each semester, there is a deadline to apply to graduate.

Application for Graduation deadlines:

What If I'm Transferring? Do I Still Need a Roane State Degree?

Many transfer students leave Roane State without completing the paperwork to receive their associate degree. "Why bother?" they think. "I'm getting a bachelor's degree anyway." Here's why getting your Roane State associate degree matters, even if you are moving on to a four-year school.

Steps to Graduate

  1. Complete the Application for Graduation
    1. Login to RaiderNet
    2. Select 'Your Records'
    3. Select 'Apply to Graduate'
    4. Complete and submit the Application for Graduation
  2. Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss your Degree Works Evaluation, possible needed course substitutions and other graduation requirements
  3. If you are a Certificate or AAS degree student, complete the Graduation Employment Status Survey online or return a copy to the Placement Office
  4. Take the ETS Proficiency Profile
  5. If needed, update your name and/or address with the Graduation Analyst
  6. Take care of any financial obligations to the college
  7. Information about the graduation ceremony will be sent by email to your RaiderNet account. Read the information carefully and return the Graduation Participation form to the Graduation Office
  8. Pick up your cap and gown at the bookstore. Invitations are also available for purchase.
  9. Attend the Graduation Ceremony
  10. Pick up your diploma

Will I Graduate With Distinction?

Degree-seeking students may be eligible to graduate with distinction based on the quality point average (QPA) of coursework completed at Roane State. Academic distinction is reflected on the student's transcript and diploma. Certificate students do not qualify for academic distinction. Coursework completed at an institution other than Roane State is not considered towards academic distinction. Distinction designations are based on the following grade point averages:

Academic distinction is based on the student's cumulative GPA at the end of the semester prior to the spring ceremony.

Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony (also called "commencement") is held at the end of the spring semester only. Students who anticipate completing their coursework during the following summer are eligible to participate in ceremony exercises if the grade point average is sufficient for graduation and the Application for Graduation has been officially processed by the spring deadline. Due to the early printing date of the program, academic honors are based on the previous term's grade point average. Fall graduates will be invited to attend the following spring ceremony. Participation in the ceremony is optional, but strongly encouraged. 

Information for the ceremony is found on the Graduation Ceremony page.

Diploma Pick up, Mailing and Replacements

Diplomas will be available at the campus nearest to the county where you live however, there will be no diploma pickup at the Knox County Location. Diplomas will only be released to the graduate with a photo ID. Any diplomas not picked up by the deadline will be mailed to the last known address we have in the system.

Fall Graduates – Diplomas will be available for pickup February 1st – March 15th.

Spring Graduates – Diplomas will be available for pickup July 1 – August 30th.

Summer Graduates – Diplomas will be available for pickup September 1st – October 15th.

If you need another copy of your diploma, please fill out the Replacement Diploma Request form, and submit it to the Graduation Office. There is a $10.00 charge for each replacement diploma that is issued.


Students who need to have official copies of transcripts sent to licensing boards or other colleges/universities may request them through Raidernet, by completing a Request for Transcript form in the One Stop Office or at any site campus. Phone requests are not accepted. Remember to check "After degree is posted" on the form, since this is different than the end of the term.

Change of Name or Address

Have you changed your name or address? Please notify the Graduation Analyst by sending an email to from your RaiderNet account if any of your personal information has changed. Please be sure to include your R Number. We utilize the information provided to us by your Intent to Graduate Form. Students who fail to notify us before the printing or mailing of diplomas may be assessed an additional fee for a replacement to be issued.


Department Email

Sandra Brock
Click above for email address
(865) 354-3000 ext. 4734, Graduation Analyst

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