Commencement 2019  


Event Details



Thursday, May 9 - Athens Campus

1pm Grads on the Green Golf Outing - Ohio University Golf Course

5pm Grads' Gathering - Little Fish Brewing Co., 8675 Armitage Road, Athens

Friday, May 10 - Athens Campus  

11am  Financial Aid Presentation, Baker University Center Theater, 2nd Floor (Optional)

1pm Commencement Awards Ceremony, Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium (Required)

3:30pm Commencement Rehearsal, Convocation Center (Required for Graduates, Optional for Mentors)

Saturday, May 11 - Athens Campus

8:45am  Graduates and Mentors arrive at the Convocation Center

9am  Doors open to the public

10am  Commencement Ceremony begins 

Noon  Reception in Baker University Center

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Academic attire

Graduate attire must be ordered through the graduation application and will be distributed at the required Commencement rehearsal on Friday, May 10.

Rental attire for faculty and staff who wish to particiate in the ceremony and rental attire for mentors  can be ordered at this link: 

Academic Attire Rental

Rented regalia will be available for pick-up beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, in the lower front lobby of the Convocation Center.

Members of the Heritage College Class of 2019 should continue checking their student email and this page for updated information.

Campus map

View an interactive map of the Ohio University campus


Guest seating and accessibility

Seating in the Convocation Center is on a first-come, first-served basis and we ask that guests refrain from saving seats. There are no tickets issued for this event or limitation on the number of guests a graduate may invite.

A sign language interpreter will be present at both the Awards and Commencement Ceremonies.

Wheelchairs will be available in the drop-off parking area to assist guests into the venue. Guests will be asked to transfer into a seat once inside the arena. There will be seats reserved for guests with limited mobility. We ask that only one additional guest sit in this section to reserve ample seats in the designated area. Wheelchair seating is available on the arena floor. If you have any questions about accomodations for the graduation ceremony, please contact the Office of Student Affairs in advance at (740) 593-2365.

For the safety and security of those attending commencement, all bags and packages entering the Convocation Center before and during the ceremony will be subject to inspection. This includes, but is not limited to purses, backpacks, camera bags and diaper bags. These are precautionary measures, and are not in response to a specific threat.

A Mamava lactation suite is available to use as a comfortable, private location for nursing and lactating individuals needing to pump or nurse. In order to utilize the Mamava suite, you will need to download the Mamava App on Apple App Store or Google Play. The app will allow you to unlock the Mamava suite in the Convocation Center.

Awards ceremony

The Heritage College Commencement Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 10  at  1:00pm at the Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium .   The ceremony will include presentation of student awards and other memorable moments for you and your family. Dress will be business casual. Please continue to monitor this page and your Ohio University email for updates and RSVP information.  



For a list of Athens-area hotels, please click here.  


Ordering invitations/announcements

Local bookstores have diploma frames available for purchase. For information, contact the College Bookstore at 740.594.3505 or Follett's University Bookstore at 740.593.5547.  Heritage College diplomas are 15x12 inches.  Announcements are available through Ohio University Printing Services

Mentor information

A mentor is someone who has encouraged and fostered your academic accomplishments. He or she should best represent the spirit and the art of your medical education. Each student may choose ONE mentor for Commencement and that mentor must fulfill one of the following criteria:

  1. Have a doctoral degree (degrees include, but are not limited to: D.O., M.D., D.D.S., D.P.M., D.V.M., D.C.,  D.M.D.,  O.D., Ph.D., J.D., etc.)
  2. Be an HCOM faculty/staff member holding a doctoral degree, OR
  3. Be an HCOM clinical campus faculty member holding a doctoral degree.

Unfortunately, peers and classmates cannot serve as mentors. Though they can play a significant role in supporting you throughout your studies, in the spirit of true mentorship we ask you to identify an individual who has been an established member of the professional community who has practiced/worked in their field for a minimum of one year.

Mentor Listing as of February 28, 2019 If you have additional information with regard to your mentor, please contact Beth McDonald or Heather Binnig directly.

Mentor Selection Qualtrics is Closed


Name and Premedical Degree

Your name and premedical degree will be included in the Commencement program. Please review this information for accuracy and contact us for any edits. 

Name and Degree List -


  • Parking for graduating students, friends and family on Friday, May 10, can be found in lot 128 surrounding the Convocation Center.
  • The following lots have been designated for parking on Saturday, May 11 :
  • All vehicles must be parked within a valid non-metered, non-restricted space within one of the lots designated above.
  • We offer shuttle service from Grosvenor Hall (near the Convocation Center parking lot) to Baker University Center for the reception following Commencement from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For questions regarding commencement parking, call 740.593.2365.


Travel Directions

For driving directions to Ohio University's Athens campus, please click here.

View Webcast of the Ceremony

If you cannot attend the Commencement ceremony, a live webcast will be available on the day of the event here.  Please note: The video stream accessible at the link below will not display the live event until the ceremony begins.   

Watch 2019 If you couldn't attend previous ceremonies or wish to view them again, the links below will take you to  archived videos of the event.

Watch 2018

Photo Gallery

Event photographs, along with graduate and mentor portraits, will be available to students for download shortly after Commencement. Students will receive an email linking to the downloadable images and will have 30 days to complete the process before the image gallery expires.


Printed Program

Enjoy this interactive digital version of the printed program.


Contact us

Mailing Address:   
Office of Student Affairs 
Grosvenor Hall 018 
1 Ohio University 
Athens, OH 45701-2979 
Office of Student Affairs

Telephone and Fax:   
740.593.2365, office 
740.593.2399, fax