June 8, 2007
Compiled by Tom Bosco
Here's a roundup of information for graduates and their visitors as Ohio University prepares for commencement exercises.
Saturday's undergraduate ceremonies
A total of 3,000 undergraduates (about 1,500 each in separate morning and afternoon ceremonies) will participate in 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. exercises Saturday, June 9. Some 600 master's and doctoral students walked Friday, June 8.
Undergraduates are grouped depending on college size. The morning ceremony is for graduates of the College of Business, College of Fine Arts, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Scripps College of Communication, University College and regional campuses. The afternoon ceremony will feature graduates of the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health and Human Services as well as Honors Tutorial College.
Instructions and tips for graduates
- Assemble in the Convocation Center garage by 8:45 a.m. for morning ceremony and by 1:15 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony.
- Pick up pre-printed name card from a staff person at their respective college table or fill out a card.
- Turn cell phones off or to silent or vibrate.
- Pre-select a location outside the Convo to meet your family and guests.
Instructions and tips for parents and other visitors
- Normal campus parking restrictions are not enforced; guests are welcome to park in any of the university lots without being ticketed.
- Doors to the Convo open at 8:15 a.m. for morning exercises and 1 p.m. for afternoon commencement.
- Guests will enter the main doors off Richland Avenue.
- Those needing special seating accommodations are asked to use the service entrance off South Shafer Street.
- Wheelchairs are located at the service entrance and in the main lobby. Guests may not stay seated in these wheelchairs, but rather use designated seating. Guests with personal wheelchairs must check them in the main lobby and will be issued a claim ticket.
- Restrooms are located on the outer concourse. A unisex restroom is located in lower lobby.
- A lactation room is located on the main concourse.
- Changing tables are in all restrooms.
- Limited mobility parking is outside service entrance in lot 128.
- Seating for hearing-impaired guests is in the first two rows of Section 101.
- Diabetic kits are located in the main lobby, the west entrance and the service entrance.
- A lost and found area is located at the will call office in the main lobby.
- Turn cell phones off or to vibrate.
- No one other than graduates is allowed on the Convocation Center floor.
Traffic and construction
Visitors are advised that traffic can be heavy in Athens on Commencement weekend, and they are urged to arrive early. Travelers, especially those coming from Columbus, Lancaster and other cities northwest of Athens, should be advised of lane restrictions and ramp closures on U.S. 33 near the junction of Ohio 550. That section of highway will be limited to one lane in each direction. As part of the road work, the ramp from U.S. 33 eastbound to Columbus Road will be closed. Drivers also will find the entrance ramp closed from Columbus Road to U.S. 33 westbound. Motorists should allow themselves extra time to navigate these restrictions.
Photographs will be taken by a professional photographer. A picture will be taken of each individual being greeted by his/her academic dean on stage. Within 10 days of Commencement, candidates should receive a photographic proof. There is no obligation to purchase these pictures, however, for every "package" purchased, the Senior Class will receive a contribution to its treasury. The university receives no financial benefit from the studio.
A word on personal behavior
The vast majority of family members and graduates prefer that the ceremony have the dignity of a university graduation. Graduates may decorate their mortar boards but are discouraged from acts that detract from the ceremony.
Items that distract from the ceremony or threaten safety will be confiscated before and during the ceremony.
Please note that no beverage containers of any kind will be permitted inside the arena.