Ohio University

Graduation and Commencement

Graduates lined up for graduation

Graduation is not the same thing as the Commencement Ceremony. Graduation is the process by which degree completion is confirmed and certified. The Commencement Ceremony celebrates that academic achievement.


Degree Completion

Degree completion is not automatic. You must apply to have your degree conferred, even if you do not plan to attend a commencement ceremony. 

  • Complete the Graduation Application in your My Ohio Student Center. The application is available on the first day of the semester.
  • You must meet all deadlines for filing your final project, thesis, dissertation, or other capstone experience.
  • Your cumulative 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 applications not completed by the deadline listed in the academic calendar will be assessed a late processing fine.

Certificate Completion

Certification conferral is not automatic. You must complete the Graduation Application in your My Ohio Student Center.

  • Your cumulative grade point average must be at least 3.00 (without rounding).
  • You must have completed all certificate requirements.
  • You must be in unconditional and final admission status.
  • You must fulfill all financial and other obligations to the university before your final transcript and certificate will be released.
  • Graduation applications not completed by the deadline listed in the academic calendar will be assessed a late processing fine.

The Graduation Process

Additional information about the graduation application and review process is available through the Registrar's Office.

Commencement Ceremonies

Fall 2020 University Commencement

Saturday, December 12 at 2:00 pm

The Virtual Ceremony honors all students who earned degrees in summer 2020 and fall 2020. 

Spring 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

Read the announcement here.

Cap, Gown and Hood

Information about ordering academic regalia (cap, gown and hood) is on the University Commencement page. Regalia is required for in-person ceremonies, but optional for a virtual ceremony.

Master's and Doctoral students can order custom-made regalia (cap, gown and hood). Custom orders take additional time. For information about custom orders, contact Event Services at commencement@ohio.edu.

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; D.N.P. – apricot).

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

Transcripts and Diplomas

Transcript and degree verification availability and diploma mailing dates are found on the Registrar's website.