Commencement 2017

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Thursday, May 4

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

5 p.m. Grads' Gathering at Jackie O's Taproom, 25 Campbell Street, Athens

Friday, May 5

11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.  Financial Aid Presentation, Baker University Center Theater, 2nd Floor

12:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Commencement Awards Ceremony, Baker University Center Ballroom (Required for Graduates)

3 to 5 p.m.  Commencement Rehearsal, Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium (Required for Graduates)

Saturday, May 6

8:45 a.m.  Graduates and Mentors arrive at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. 

10 a.m.  Commencement Ceremony begins 

Noon  Reception at Baker University Center Ballroom


Karen Nichols Karen J. Nichols, D.O., dean of the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, will present our 2017 Commencement Address. Dr. Nichols has served as president of the American Osteopathic Association, the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and the American College of Osteopathic Internists – and was the first woman to serve in those roles. She also is one of the first two D.O.s nominated by the AOA and elected to the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education board.

Prior to becoming dean at CCOM, she was assistant dean of post-doctoral education and division director of internal medicine at the Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She also has worked in private practice in internal medicine and geriatrics in Mesa, Ariz. A graduate of the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Nichols also holds a master’s degree in management with a specialty in healthcare administration from Central Michigan University.

Academic attire

Graduate attire should be ordered through the graduation application and will be distributed at the Commencement rehearsal on Friday, May 5. Rental attire for mentors and faculty can be ordered at the following link when available.

Graduate attire will be distributed at Commencement Rehearsal on Friday, May 5.

Rental attire for mentors will be available at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, May 6, in Galbreath Chapel.

Members of the Heritage College Class of 2017 should continue checking their student email and this page for updated information.

Campus map

To see an interactive map of the Ohio University campus that includes Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium — the venue for Commencement —  click here.

Guest seating and accessibility

Seating in Memorial Auditorium 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.

  •  The ceremony will be webcast live and The Baker Theater will be available for overflow seating.

  • Guests may not "save" seats.

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

  • Baby strollers cannot be taken into the auditorium.

  • No food or beverage is permitted in the auditorium.

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

  • Guests may take photos immediately following the ceremony in the East Lobby of the auditorium.

  • For the safety and security of those attending commencement, all bags and packages entering the Memorial Auditorium 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 5, at 12:30 p.m. in Baker Center Ballroom. The event will include a picnic lunch, 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.

Members of the Heritage College Class of 2017 may submit mentor information using the Mentor Request Form below.

Mentor Request Form

Please review your mentor information at the link below. Questions and corrections can be sent to Kelsey Taylor.

Review Mentor Info

Please contact Kelsey Taylor with any questions.

Name and Premedical Degree

Please review your name and premedical degree information at the link below. Please contact Tammy Andrews with any questions or corrections.

Review Your Info


  • Parking for graduating students, friends and family on Friday, May 5, can be found in lot 128 surronding the Convocation Center.
  • Handicapped parking and a drop-off zone are available on University Terrace near the auditorium. Watch for signs or ask Ohio University police officers for assistance. Please refer to the campus parking map for directions and locations for shuttles and parking. 
  • We recommend that Commencement guests park at the Convocation Center parking lot.
  • The following lots have been designated for parking Saturday, May 6:
  • 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 the auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
  • Shuttle service will be available immediately following the ceremony to take guests to the reception in Baker University Center.
  • For questions regarding commencement parking, email Parking Services or call 740.597.3170 or 740.593.1917.

Travel Directions

Driving directions to Ohio University's Athens campus, click here

View Webcast of the Ceremony

Couldn't attend or wish to watch the ceremony again? This link will take you to a video stream of the ceremony.


Watch It

Photo Gallery

For Heritage College students, we are pleased to offer as a gift from the college these more than 500 downloadable images chronicling the awards ceremony, hooding of graduates and other Commencement moments. 

View and Download

Printed Program