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Graduation Recognition Ceremony

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Fall 2021, Summer 2021 & Spring 2020

It is with great anticipation and excitement that Ohio University Eastern welcomes the Fall 2021, Summer 2021 and Spring 2020 graduation classes to a special, in-person Graduation Recognition Ceremony. This is a separate event from the formal Commencement Ceremonies held on the Athens campus on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021

Check-In Arrival: 6:30 p.m.

Ceremony Begins: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Health and Physical Education Center (HAPEC)

Watch the Graduation Recognition Ceremony live on YouTube.


In-Person Expectations

Ohio University Eastern 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 David Rohall
    • Guest Speaker
    • Presentation of Student Awards and Candidates
    • Closing  

A gift bag will be included for graduating students that will include a Recognition Ceremony certificate, small gift, program and cords.

Reservations Required

All graduates will have the opportunity to have six (6) guests attend this ceremony.  Reservations are REQUIRED to follow COVID-19 spacing protocols and seating accommodations. Students will be required to complete the registration form and provide contact information of guests attending.  Guest contact information is required in case contact tracing is necessary.

Should you need special accessibility accommodations, please indicate these on the registration form.

Make your Reservation


Regalia is required for the in-person ceremony. You may not participate in person without Ohio University issued regalia. No regalia sales will occur at the ceremony venue.

Any graduating student may purchase regalia, regardless of their ceremony participation. Academic honor cords for cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude will be provided by the University based on academic information from the Registrar's Office.


Order Deadline: November 20, 2021

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-19. 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.


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

A selfie station will also be available to get a special shot with honored graduates.

Many opportunities will be available to capture a popular family photo or selfie around the Ohio University Eastern campus. Be sure to hashtag #OHIOgrad2021 to share your memories!


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 indoor ceremony will adhere to proper social distancing of six feet apart. Guests will be seated in family groups, 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 (Athens Campus)

Ohio University plans to host an in-person Fall Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 11 at 2 p.m. at the Convocation Center on 95 Richland Avenue, Athens Ohio 45701. 

This ceremony is a separate event from the Graduation Recognition Ceremony at OHIO Eastern.

More Details


CONTACT: Lori Poch | Student Services | poch@ohio.edu | 740-699-2354