Graduation Requirements

Your accumulative graduate grade point average must be at least 3.00 (without rounding).

You must have completed all requirements for your degree and removed any incompletes.

You must be in unconditional and final admission status.

You must fulfill all financial and other obligations to the university before your diploma and final transcript will be released.


Graduation Procedures

Graduation is not automatic.

Graduate Commencement Ceremonies

The Spring 2016 Commencement Graduate Ceremony will be held at 9:30 am on Friday, April 29 in the Convocation Center. All students who will earn either a masters or doctoral degree in Spring 2016 are invited to participate. Students who have earned their degrees in Summer 2015 or Fall 2015 may also participate in the Spring 2016 graduate commencement ceremony.

Beginning in Fall 2016, students who will earn degrees in Summer or Fall will only be invited to participate in the Fall Commencement Ceremony.

Information about the ceremonies for graduates and families is found at the University Commencement Page (

Tickets are not required for the ceremony. Ceremonies generally last about 2 ½ hours.

If you earned your doctoral degree between August 2014 and May 2015, did not participate in the 2014 Commencement ceremony and would like to participate in the hooding ceremony this year, you can submit a Commencement Registration form at this time.

Cap, Gown, and Hood

If you are participating in the Commencement Ceremony, you must have the appropriate academic regalia (cap, gown and hood). These can be ordered through the graduation application or custom ordered. If you are custom ordering your cap, gown, and hood, please refer to the information on the University Commencement pageand allow sufficient time prior to the ceremony for your regalia to arrive.

There are different styles for gowns depending on the level of degree conferred. Doctoral gowns have a front velvet facing and three velvet stripes on the sleeves. Hoods for master's graduates are shorter than for doctoral, and the velvet color indicates the degree earned. Doctoral hoods are longer, and the velvet color signifies the degree earned (Ph.D. – dark blue; Ed.D. – light blue; D.Aud. – green; D.P.T. – green).

Tradition dictates that because master's and doctoral graduates wear hoods, they do not receive honor cords.

You must have your cap, gown, and hood with you when you check in for the ceremony.

Doctoral Commencement and Hooding Information

For students earning Ph.D., Ed.D., Au.D., and D.P.T. degrees

Registration form for the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony(

  • You must register through the Graduate College to attend the ceremony and be hooded. This is separate from the online graduation application through the Registrar's Office.
  • Doctoral graduates must be accompanied for hooding by a faculty escort (i.e., your dissertation chair or another faculty member who has been instrumental in your academic career). Each graduate is limited to a single escort. You will need to provide your escort's name and e-mail address to complete the Hooding Ceremony Registration Form.
  • Faculty escorts must hold an appropriate terminal degree and Ohio University faculty status to participate in your hooding.
  • Once you submit your registration for the hooding ceremony, you and your escort will receive additional information and instructions via e-mail.
  • In order to participate in the hooding ceremony, you must have completed all degree requirements and be fully cleared for graduation by your college.
  • You and your escort will need to arrive early at the Convocation Center and check in with the Graduate College table for line up. Specific instructions will be sent to you via e-mail.

Hooding Ceremony Registration Deadline is Monday, November 30 for Fall Commencement, and Monday, April 18 for Spring Commencement. Please observe these deadlines to ensure sufficient seating for all participants.