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Graduation Ceremony

Graduating students

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

Graduate Checklist

For a quick, printable handout of what needs done, please use the Graduate Checklist.

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.

What Do I Need to Do?

  1. Log in to RaiderNet.
  2. Click on 'Your Records'.
  3. Click on 'Apply to Graduate'.
  4. Complete and submit the Application for Graduation.
  5. Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss your Degree Works Evaluation and other graduation requirements.
  6. Take the ETS Proficiency Profile.

What's Next?

A formal evaluation of your transcript will be sent to you and your advisor.  You're encouraged to meet with your advisor to develop a plan for the completion of the program based on the results of the evaluation.  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.

Will I Graduate With Honors?

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

Academic honors are based on GPA 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 may be picked up on the following dates from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm:

All diplomas not picked up will be mailed.  Please wait until mid-September to check if you have not received your diploma.

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 Records/Registration Office or at any site campus. Phone requests are not acceptable. 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 AND the Records/Registration office if any of your personal information has changed. 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

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

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