Commencement 2018

Our Events

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What you need to know


















Thursday, May 10 - Athens Campus

1 p.m. Grads on the Green Golf Outing, Ohio University Golf Course

5 p.m. Grads' Gathering at Little Fish Brewery, 8675 Armitage Road, Athens

Friday, May 11 - Athens Campus  

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.   Financial Aid Presentation, Baker University Center Theater, 2nd Floor (Optional)

1 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  Commencement Awards Ceremony, Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial            Auditorium, heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served following the ceremony on the College Green  (Required for Graduates)

3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Commencement Rehearsal, Convocation Center (Required for Graduates)

Saturday, May 12 - Athens Campus

8:45 a.m.  Graduates and Mentors arrive at the Convocation Center

10 a.m.  Commencement Ceremony begins 

Noon  Reception in Baker University Center


Richard A. "Rick" Vincent, who recently retired as president and CEO of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, will present the Commencement Address.

Academic attire

Graduate attire must be ordered through the graduation application and will be distributed at the required Commencement rehearsal on Friday, May 11.

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

Academic Attire Rental Rented regalia will be available for pick-up beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, in the lower front lobby of the Convocation Center.

Members of the Heritage College Class of 2018 should continue checking their student email and this page for updated information.

Campus map

To see an interactive map of the Ohio University campus click here.

Guest seating and accessibility

Seating in the Convocation Center is on a first-come, first-served basis and there will be no tickets issued. Ushers will direct guests to available seating as soon as all members of the party have arrived. Every effort will be made to accommodate guests' seating preferences, but please be aware that — especially with larger groups   it may not be possible to seat all guests together.

  • Guests may not "save" seats.

  • Wheelchair seating is available; guests with special needs should contact the Office of Student Affairs in advance.

  • For safety reasons, guests are not permitted on the stage at any time.

  • 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.

Awards ceremony

The Heritage College Commencement Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 11 at 1 p.m. at the Templeton-Blackburn Alumni 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.  

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


For a list of Athens-area hotels, 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. 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. A mentor must fulfill TWO of the following criteria:

  1. Be a physician (D.O. or M.D.), OR
  2. Be a member of our basic science or social medicine faculty, OR
  3. Be a CORE clinical faculty, OR
  4. Have an advanced degree (J.D., Ph.D., etc.) AND
  5. Be an established member in their professional community who has practiced/worked in their field for at least one year.

Students within the same class cannot hood each other.

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 meets the above criteria.

The mentor process has closed. For information, please contact the Office of Student Affairs, 740-593-2365.

Name and Premedical Degree

Your name and premedical degree will be included in the Commencement program.  In late fall semester, you will be asked to review this information at the link below.

Name and Degree List


  • Parking for graduating students, friends and family on Friday, May 11, can be found in lot 128 surrounding the Convocation Center.
  • The following lots have been designated for parking on Saturday, May 12 :
  • 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, 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 videostream will not begin until the ceremony begins.    


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


Watch 2017

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

View and download a PDF of the 2018 Commencement program here.