Graduation is not the same thing as the Commencement Ceremony. In order to have your degree conferred, you must apply to the Registrar’s Office through the application for graduation. When you complete this form, you are signalling that you are planning to complete your degree in that semester. Your application for graduation triggers the official review that determines if you have completed all degree 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 is not automatic.
- You must apply to have your degree conferred through the online graduation application, available through the Registrar's Office.
- You must apply to graduate, even if you do not plan to attend a ceremony.
- You must apply by the deadline, which is listed in the academic calendar.
- You must meet all deadlines for filing your final project, thesis, dissertation, or other capstone experience.
When you complete the application for graduation, you have the ability to indicate whether or not you are planning to attend the Commencement Ceremony, and to order the appropriate cap, gown, and hood.
Fall 2019 University Commencement
Saturday, December 14 at 2:00 pm in the Convocation Center
All students who earned a degree in summer 2019 or are earning a degree in fall 2019 are invited to participate.
Spring 2020 Graduate Commencement
Friday, May 1 at 9:30 am in the Convocation Center
All students earning a master’s or doctoral degree in spring 2020 are invited to participate.
Students who earned a master's or doctoral degree in summer 2019 or fall 2019, and master's students who will earn their degree in summer 2020 also have the option to participate.
- Attention Master's Students: if you are participating in the spring commencement ceremony but will not complete your degree until summer term, you must select the "complete later" option on the graduation application form, and then choose summer as your completion term.
The University Commencement Page has information for graduates, families and guests, and ordering cap, gown, hood and announcements.
Tickets are not required for either ceremony. Ceremonies generally last about 2 ½ hours.
International Guests: If you have relatives outside the U.S. who plan to attend the commencement ceremony, advise them to apply for the appropriate visitor visa or have the appropriate documents for entering the U.S. on a temporary basis. The necessary documentation and length of time it may take to obtain varies by country. For more information, refer to the U.S. Department of State's travel information website.
Cap, Gown, and Hood
All participants in the Commencement Ceremony 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 page and 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; D.N.P. – apricot).
Tradition dictates that because master's and doctoral graduates wear hoods, they do not receive honor cords.
You must have your cap, gown, hood and tassel with you when you check in for the ceremony.
Doctoral Commencement and Hooding Information
Hooding is an academic tradition that signifies the graduate's scholarly and personal achievement. Ph.D., Ed.D., Au.D., D.P.T. and D.N.P. graduates are all eligible to be hooded during the commencement ceremony.
- You must apply for graduation through the Registrar’s Office.
- You must register yourself and your faculty escort by completing the Commencement & Hooding Form. Once you submit the form you and your escort will receive additional information and instructions regarding line-up, processional, and ceremony procedures.
- Doctoral students must have their degree conferred in order to participate in the hooding ceremony. Doctoral degrees for fall graduates are conferred by the Friday prior to the Commencement Ceremony. Doctoral degrees for spring graduates are conferred by the Thursday prior to the Commencement Ceremony.
- Each doctoral graduate 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.
- Faculty escorts must hold an appropriate terminal degree and Ohio University faculty status. Former and Emeriti faculty can participate with college consent.
Commencement & Hooding registration deadline:
- Fall 2019 Commencement – Monday, December 9
- Spring 2020 Commencement – Wednesday, April 22