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Fall Commencement cap and gown distribution set for Dec. 7-10


As graduation day approaches for the approximately 800 Bobcats expected to participate in this year’s Fall Commencement, Ohio University’s Event Services is gearing up for its cap and gown distribution.

The majority of OHIO undergraduates and graduate students participating in Fall Commencement – scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Convocation Center – should have already ordered their cap and gown packages either when they applied for graduation earlier this year through the University Registrar or though the University’s eMarket site if they graduated in the summer or changed their mind after submitting the application. Those students may pick up those packages at the Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center on the third floor of Baker University Center on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 8, from 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 9, from 1 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During those times, students who did not pre-order their caps and gowns will also be able to purchase those items. 

According to Nicole Lovins, assistant director of marketing and assessment for Event Services, students who come to the cap and gown distribution can:

  • Pick up their already placed orders.
  • Purchase full cap and gown packages or individual pieces.
  • Exchange gowns that do not fit properly or tassels that are not the appropriate color for the graduate’s college and major.
  • Receive honor cords for bachelor degree recipients, which are based on a student’s GPA at the end of the previous semester. Coursework completed this fall semester will not be reflected in the honor cords distributed or in the Fall Commencement program as that information will not be processed until after Commencement; final academic honors will, however, be designated on the graduate’s diploma. 

“During the distribution process, students can also purchase additional items,” explained Tim Epley, business manager for Event Services. “Some graduates will buy extra tassels and give them to people who have supported them on their academic journey. That’s always pretty heartfelt.” 

Appointments for cap and gown pickup and ordering are not required. Students are required to show their OHIO ID before acquiring their cap and gown packages. If a student will be sending a friend to pick up their materials, that individual will be required to provide identification – either their OHIO ID or a valid driver’s license – so that Event Services can keep track of who picked up those items.

Upon picking up their cap and gown, students will be asked to complete a “First Destination Survey.” Administered by Ohio University’s Career and Leadership Development Center, the survey is designed to collect data that is used to help improve the University’s student experience and the value of an OHIO degree.

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