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Commencement 2020

Heritage College 2020 Commencement Ceremony Cancelled

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Commencement ceremony, along with all of our college’s planned Commencement Week activities, have been cancelled. These decisions were made in the interest of public safety and in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Please visit our special
2020 graduation celebration web page
 

 

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AGENDA

SPEAKER

ACADEMIC ATTIRE

CAMPUS MAP

GUEST SEATING AND ACCESSIBILITY

AWARDS CEREMONY

HOTELS

PRINTED PROGRAM

INVITATIONS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

MENTOR INFORMATION

NAME AND PREMEDICAL DEGREE

PARKING/SHUTTLES

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS

WEBCAST

PHOTO GALLERY

CONTACT US

Event Details

Agenda

 

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Speaker

 

Academic attire

 

 

 

Campus map

View an interactive map of the Ohio University campus

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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 accommodations 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

 

Hotels

A list of lodging in and around Athens is available online  via the Athens County Visitor's Bureau 

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Ordering invitations/announcements

Local bookstores have diploma frames available for purchase. For information, contact the College Bookstore at 740.594.3505. 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. They should best represent the spirit and the art of your medical education. A mentor is not required for graduation. If you select a mentor, that person will walk with you on stage at the ceremony and hood you. The criteria for mentor selection is as follows:

  1. Each student may choose ONE mentor for Commencement.
  2. The mentor must 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.).
  3. The mentor must be an established member of the professional community who has practiced/worked in their field for a minimum of one year. Peers and fellow classmates cannot serve as mentors.

Process for mentor selection:

  1. The graduate identifies their mentor based on the above criteria.
  2. The graduate contacts their mentor to ensure that they are willing to serve as their mentor and available to attend the ceremony. Mentors are welcome to attend rehearsal on Friday, but are not required to attend.
  3. The graduate completes the mentor selection form to communicate their selection to the college. Graduates will receive email notification once the form becomes available. The mentor’s name will be listed in the program.

 

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Name and Premedical Degree

Your name and premedical degree will be included in the Commencement program. 

 

Parking/shuttles

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Campus Travel 

A variety of travel instructions are available using GPS maps. 

The address to the Convocation Center is 95 Richland Avenue, Athens, Ohio 45701.

For additional information about travel and parking, see OHIO Transportation and Parking.

 

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.

2021 ceremony

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 2019 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.

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Printed Program

Enjoy this interactive digital version of the printed program.

 

2019 Commencement Program

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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