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Commencement ceremony general information

More than 4,100 students are participating in the graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9.

The graduate commencement ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. on June 8 for both master’s and doctoral degrees. Undergraduate ceremonies will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on June 9.

Undergraduate ceremonies

Undergraduates degrees are conferred in the following order: 
The morning ceremony is for graduates of the:

  • Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology

  • College of Business

  • Scripps College of Communication

  • College of Fine Arts University College

  • Regional Higher Education

The afternoon ceremony is for the

  • Honors Tutorial College

  • College of Arts and Sciences

  • College of Health Sciences and Professions

  • Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education

**NOTE: There is no recessional for undergraduate ceremonies; graduates will depart the Convocation Center after receiving their diploma.

Instructions and tips for graduates

  • Preselect a location outside the Convocation Center to meet your family and guests.

  • 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 (or fill out) a name card from a staff person at their respective college table.

  • Turn cell phones off or to silent or vibrate.

Instructions and tips for parents and other visitors

  • All dark green and purple lots will be open to commencement parking. Signs will be posted and Ohio University Police will assist with traffic and parking. A map is available showing all parking lots on the Athens campus for students participating in Commencement Exercises, and their family and friends: www.ohiou.edu/athens/parking/

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tickets are not required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis,

  • Restrooms are located on the outer concourse. A lactation area is located on the main concourse.

  • Changing tables are in all restrooms.

  • 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.

  • Strollers must be checked upon arrival. A claim ticket will be issued.

  • Limited Mobility: Wheelchairs and attendants are located at the service entrance and in the main lobby for guests with limited mobility. These wheelchairs are for transport only, guests may not stay seated in these wheelchairs, but can be transported to the arena seating areas. Guests with personal wheelchairs must check them in the main lobby and will be issued a claim ticket.

  • Wheelchair bound guests will be directed to a designated location that will accommodate the personal chair. 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.


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.

For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/commencement.

Commencement ceremony streaming

The morning and afternoon commencement ceremonies will be streamed live online. They can both be viewed by clicking here.

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