Grad Newsletter 2021

Welcome to the Zane State College Grad Newsletter!

This resource was developed to help answer your questions and inform you of updates. If you still have questions after reviewing this page, please email We recommend you check back often as content will be updated (last updated 5.6.21).

Graduation Plans

Zane State College has lots of exciting plans for graduates! The College is offering a variety of optional safe events and activities that can reach a wide range of all graduates and their families and friends. This is an overview with more information and details to follow! NOTE — students are not official graduates until the successful completion of the gradating term. An official transcript from the College, signed and sealed by the appropriate officers, is the official testimony of the conferring of a degree. When diplomas are mailed, a printed program will be included.

Video Tribute

Facebook Video

This special video tribute will be presented on May 13, 2021, at 6 p.m. (the date and time Commencement was scheduled) via Facebook live. 

This Year's Graduation Speaker

Dr. Richard Woodfield
Dr. Rick Woodfield

Dr. Rick Woodfield serves as the Chief Academic Officer for the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) providing consultation and voice for issues concerning academic and student affairs for grants and state agencies in support of Ohio’s 23 public two-year institutions.

Rick joined the staff at OACC in 2021 after retiring as Provost from Zane State College.  His academic experiences also include faculty, Program Director, Dean, Associate Vice President, and Vice President for Academic Affairs at James A. Rhodes State College for a total of 29 years of service in Ohio Community Colleges. Prior to his career in higher education, he was employed at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport, New York as the Assistant Chief of Respiratory Care. Rick earned an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Science from SUNY Alfred, a Bachelor of Science in Cardiorespiratory Sciences and a Master of Science in Health Education from SUNY Stony Brook and a Doctorate in Management from the University of Maryland University College.

Celebration Web Page

Following the video tribute, graduates and guests will have access to a Celebration Web Page that shows the photos of all of the graduates along with a video with congratulatory messages from Zane State College faculty and staff. Grads can share their photos on social media and with families and friends as well as search for classmates’ photos.

Receiving Your Diploma

The registrar must review and verify graduation requirements for each student. Diplomas and certificates will be mailed to graduates with no account holds approximately six to eight weeks after the end of the graduation term to the address on file. Please log into My ZSC and click on “My profile & settings” in the log-in box, which takes you to the page where you will find your Contact Information on the left and then a drop down to verify the address on file. Multiple attempts to mail diplomas will not be made; diplomas returned by the post office will need to be picked up in person at the Registrar’s Office.

Complimentary Regalia

The Campus Bookstore
Place an Order and Pick Up

Great news! All 2021 qualifying graduate candidates (those who petitioned to graduate fall semester 2020, spring semester 2021, or summer term 2021) can order their regalia for FREE through The Campus Bookstore. This includes caps, gowns, tassels, honors cords, and select PTK items.

Quick info:

  • Students would be responsible for paying a shipping fee if they cannot come to the store.
  • Have questions? Please contact

Grad Walk with Complimentary Portrait

This event took place on April 12 and 13. Each graduate who participated in the Grad Walk will receive a complimentary graduate portrait. This grad gift will be delivered via email so grads can share and print copies. Additional photos can be purchased from GradImages.

Additionally, graduates may inquire about additional photos by contacting the GradImages Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, online at, or email They have a large team of customer care representatives ready to help graduates and family members with anything you may need.

Loose Ends

Graduation Fee

All students petitioning for a degree or one-year certificate, even those who are not participating in commencement, are charged a fee of $60. For your convenience, please click here for payment options (see the shortcuts section on the right of the page to make your payment). Diplomas and transcripts will be held until all debts with the College are cleared. This includes library fines, too. This fee does not include the cost of caps and gowns.

Financial Aid

If you borrowed Federal Student Loans during your enrollment at Zane State College, you are required by law to complete EXIT COUNSELING to review your rights and responsibilities as a borrower. Go to and log in to complete exit counseling for your Federal Stafford Loan. Zane State College will receive notification of your completion. Your official transcript will be held until you complete this process.

In addition, we recommend that you review and monitor your federal loan and grant history. The Federal Student Aid web site ( has an account dashboard which will show you the total aid you have used and the servicers of your loan(s). If you have questions or need assistance, please email

Keep Us Posted!

Alumni Office

We welcome you as an alumni of Zane State College! Information about our services will be included with your diploma. We hope you will stay in touch with the Alumni Office. You can update your post-graduation contact details here.

Final Destination Survey

As you begin the next chapter of your life, we would like to know a little about your plans. This brief survey will take five minutes or less to complete. If you complete the survey, you will be entered to win a gift card to Amazon! Click here to complete the survey and be entered to win.

Complete the survey by June 30, 2021 to be entered to win a prize. This survey collects information about recent graduates’ career and future education plans. The information you share will be used to evaluate the Career Readiness policies/procedures of Zane State College. Summary reports of the results may be used for accreditation and state/federal compliance. Responses are confidential. Only anonymous summary reports will be shared outside of the Office of Career Services. Call 740.588.4457 or email with questions.

Career and Resume Assistance

One of the benefits of being a ZSC alumni is utilizing Career Services! Their team will help you with resume writing and career assistance — even after graduation. You may also continue to access your account. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact ZSC Career Services. You may also reach out to the Alumni Office at to keep in-the-loop about other ways the College can assist you after graduating.