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Commencement 2010 will take place June 11 and 12.


Graduates mill around before the ceremony.


Graduates make sure they look their best for the ceremony.

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Information on Commencement

Approximately 1,600 students are participating in the graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12. The graduate commencement ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. on June 11 for both master’s and doctoral degrees. Undergraduate ceremonies will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on June 12.

Undergraduate ceremonies

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 is for the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, College of Health and Human Services, and the Honors Tutorial College. The Class of 1970 will  walk in the Saturday afternoon ceremony.

Instructions and tips for graduates

  • Assemble in the Convocation Center garage by 8:45 a.m. for morning ceremonies on Friday and Saturday and by 1:15 p.m. for the Saturday afternoon ceremony.

  • Pick up preprinted 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.

  • Preselect a location outside the Convocation Center 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 Convocation Center open at approximately 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.

  • 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 the 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 silent or vibrate.

  • No one other than graduates is allowed on the Convocation Center floor.

  • Wheelchairs are located at the service entrance and in the main lobby. Guests may not stay seated in these wheelchairs, but rather must use designated seating. Guests with personal wheelchairs must check them in the main lobby and will be issued a claim ticket.

  • No more than one member of the family will be permitted to remain as an attendant to a physically challenged individual.

  • Hearing devices are available and a sign interpreter is present throughout the ceremonies.

Traffic and construction

Visitors are advised that traffic can be heavy in Athens on Commencement weekend and they are urged to arrive early. Among the numerous construction projects, the roundabout construction at SR 682 and Richland Avenue is the largest. The north side of SR 682 is closed to traffic and left turns from Dairy Lane onto Richland Avenue are restricted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

The city is currently working on adding a variable message sign to the current detour signage to help direct graduation attendees to Ohio University, according to Jessica Adine, project and development manager for the City of Athens’ Department of Engineering and Public Works. Both the Athens Police Department and the Ohio University Police Department will be directing traffic, but delays are likely. 


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 ten days of Commencement, candidates should receive a photographic proof. There is no obligation to purchase these pictures. 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.

College graduation reception information

Receptions are held by each college for those students participating in the annual June Commencement Ceremony. The schedule follows, but contact your college dean's office for additional information.

Morning ceremony participants

  • College of Business: Immediately following the ceremony in the Copeland Hall Lobby

  • Scripps College of Communication: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center

  • Russ College of Engineering and Technology: Immediately following the ceremony in the Academic and Research Center atrium

  • College of Fine Arts: 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center

Afternoon ceremony participants

  • College of Arts and Sciences: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center

  • College of Education: 3 p.m., Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center

  • College of Health and Human Services: Immediately following the ceremony in the Grover Center Atrium

  • Class of 1970: 3 p.m. in West 82, the Baker University Center food court