Ohio University's annual Commencement exercises are held indoors in the Convocation Center, located on the west green of the Ohio University Athens campus. Tickets are not required for any ceremony and seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors will open approximately one hour prior to the ceremonies and each ceremony last approximately 2-3 hours. To determine in which undergraduate commencement ceremony your loved one will participate and for more detailed information, please click either the A.M. or P.M. Ceremony link.
For the safety and security of those attending commencement, all bags and packages entering the Convocation Center before and during the ceremonies will be subject to inspection. This includes, but is not limited to purses, backpacks, camera bags and diaper bags. These are precautionary measures, and are not in response to a specific threat.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE MAY BE LONG DELAYS BECAUSE OF CONSTRUCTION. GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO ARRIVE TO CAMPUS AND LOCATE PARKING. Travel instructions are available on-line at:
A list of lodging in and around Athens is available on-line at:
Hotels in the Athens area fill up fast and many book up to one year in advance. Make your reservations soon!
A map is available showing all parking lots on the Athens campus for students participating in Commencement Exercises, and their family and friends:
All physically challenged individuals should enter the Convocation Center through the ramped area of the Service Entrance on the south side overlooking the river. Staff attendants will be located at the Service Entrance for assistance. No more than one member of the family will be permitted to remain as an attendant to the physically challenged individual. Hearing devices are available and a sign interpreter is present throughout the ceremony.
Handicap Parking is located in lot 128 surrounding the Convocation Center for handicap identified vehicles only. Please ensure a state–issued handicap permit is displayed. Individuals without a valid handicap permit who need additional assistance may be dropped off at the Limited Mobility Drop Off Area; however, there is no parking in that area.
Volunteers will be on site prior to commencement to provide assistance and direction.
Visitors who do not require handicap parking will be directed to surrounding lots.
Announcements are available for purchase through Ohio University Printing Resources. Please place your order using the contact listed below.
The two local bookstores have graduation announcements and diploma frames available for purchase. For information, please contact:
College Book Store · 740.594.3505
Follett's University Book Store · 740.593.5547
All purchases and payments must be resolved at the time of purchase with the vendor. The transaction, however, is an agreement between the student and the vendor. Ohio University serves only in the capacity of providing you with the opportunity for the transaction.
Announcements and diploma frames may also be purchased through the Ohio University Alumni Association.
Diploma Frames: www.diplomadisplay.com/ohu
Photographs will be taken by a professional photographer. A picture will be taken of each individual being greeted by a university representative on stage. Within ten days following Commencement, candidates should receive a photographic proof. Please note, there is no obligation to purchase these pictures.
The transaction, however, is an agreement between the student and Chappell Photography. Ohio University serves only in the capacity of providing the opportunity for the transaction. All questions regarding photographs should be directed to the studio's telephone number, 1.800.424.3686, as provided in the proof package.