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Graduation Recognition

Graduation Recognition Ceremony

Graduation Recognition Ceremony | Spring 2021

**IMPORTANT UPDATE**: Due to inclement weather on Thursday, April 29, the Graduation Recognition Ceremony has been moved to inside the Shoemaker Center. Please adjust your plans accordingly. In addition, those who have experienced a delay in regalia orders are still welcome to participate. 

It is with great anticipation and excitement that Ohio University Chillicothe welcomes the Spring 2021 graduation class to a special, in-person* Graduation Recognition Ceremony. This is a separate event from the formal Spring Commencement Ceremonies held on the Athens campus beginning on Thursday, April 29th through Monday, May 3rd.

Date: Thursday, April 29th

Check-In Arrival: 5 p.m.

Ceremony Begins: 6 p.m. 

Place: Shoemaker Center - Gymnasium

The Nursing Pinning Ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. and requires a separate registration. 

In-Person Expectations

Ohio University Chillicothe is currently fluid in planning and monitoring safety guidelines. However, the following facts are confirmed about the upcoming, in-person Graduation Recognition Ceremony.

Please continue to check back for updates as we progress in the planning process.

About the Ceremony

The ceremony length will be approximately 1 hour in length and will include the following:
    • Welcome and Introductions by Dean Roberta Milliken
    • Guest Speaker 
    • Presentation of Students
    • Closing  

Packets for graduating students will be available to pick up at the registration table. This packet will include a Graduation Recognition Ceremony certificate, small gift, program and cords.

Live streaming will be available for those unable to attend the in-person ceremony.


Reservations Required

All graduates will have the opportunity to receive (2) guest tickets for this ceremony when you reserve your space. Reservations are REQUIRED to follow COVID spacing protocols and seating accommodations. Tickets are free, but contact information of guests attending will be required in case contact tracing is necessary.

Graduates may request digital tickets to be sent via email in advance of the event. Digital or printed tickets will be accepted at the entrance.

NOTE: As a reminder, this special Graduate Recognition Ceremony is a ticketed event and only guests with tickets will be permitted around campus and within the Shoemaker Center indoor seating area. 


Cap & Gown Packages

No regalia sales will occur at the ceremony venue.

Any graduating student may purchase regalia, regardless of their ceremony participation. Cords will be provided by Ohio University. Individual items may be purchased if a student desires a souvenir or replacement item. 

Graduates who have experienced a delay in regalia orders are still welcome to participate. Please wear business professional attire.   


Order Deadline: Saturday, April 3rd 

Note: Be sure to purchase your regalia before the order deadline to ensure on-time delivery. Shipping delays have been experienced and are common because of COVID. Gowns feature distinct styles for Associate/Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees. A Bachelor gown may not be worn at the graduate/masters ceremony. 

Graduate Recognition 

All graduates will be asked to stand at their assigned seat when their name is called. Students will fill out a card at check in and will be organized by degree type and last name. 

Guests are asked to remain seated as graduate names are being called. 


Your guests may take photos during the ceremony, but we ask that they remain seated during the ceremony so not to disturb other guests who are trying to see their graduate.

A photographer will take photographs of each graduate at the registration desk before entering. After the ceremony is completed, the photographer will contact each graduate via e-mail with information pertaining to the retrieval of their photo.

A selfie station will also be available to get a special shot with a Rufus cutout. 

There should be many opportunities to capture a popular family photo or selfie around the Ohio University Chillicothe campus. Be sure to hashtag #OHIOgrad2021 to share your memories!


Spring in Southwest Ohio is very unpredictable. Therefore, The Ohio University Chillicothe Graduation Recognition Ceremony has been moved into the Shoemaker Center.

CURRENT Forecast


Personal Health Screening: All guests entering the Graduation Recognition Ceremony area are advised to conduct a personal health screening before arriving to campus. Those who feel ill, have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with symptoms of COVID-19, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or who have tested positive themselves, must stay home. Click here to learn more about the CDC’s health guidelines.

Social Distancing and Mask Requirements: This outdoor ceremony will adhere to proper social distancing of six feet apart. The Shoemaker Center will be set up for graduates to be seated together with proper social distancing. Guests will be seated in twos, six feet apart from other guests, unless otherwise noted in the registration. Masks will be required for all students and guests in attendance. 

Sanitization: Hand sanitizers will be present at every entrance.  Additionally, grounds staff will disinfect all seating prior to the ceremony.

This ceremony will follow all guidelines outlined by the State of Ohio, Governor Mike Dewine and Ohio University COVID protocols. Safety protocols will be given to students and guests prior to the ceremony.

Ohio University Commencement

Ohio University plans to host multiple in-person Spring Commencement events at Peden Stadium over the course of several days, streamed live for graduates who prefer to participate virtually. These ceremonies are separate events from the Graduation Recognition Ceremony at OHIO Chillicothe.

Dates: Thursday, April 29th through Monday, May 3rd

RSVP Due: Wednesday, March 17th

More Details


Contact Jaime Lowe | lowej@ohio.edu | 740.774.7241