The graduation division of the Office of the University Registrar works closely with the college offices to coordinate the conferral and denial of degrees. In addition, the division prepares the student information used when printing the commencement program and handles new and replacement diplomas.
Graduation is not automatic. To graduate, all students (undergraduate, graduate, and medical) must apply no later than the graduation application deadline for the term in which graduation is planned (see below).
Students that have requested confidentiality of their educational records must release the confidentiality hold in order to be included in the commencement program.
If you need assistance, contact Registrar Services, first floor, Chubb Hall, or your regional campus student services office.
The application for graduation is now CLOSED. The deadline to apply for SPRING graduation has was Monday, February 12, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. for all degrees.
Ohio University holds several commencement ceremonies in the spring:
Commencement for graduate students will be held Friday, April 29, 2016.
Commencement for undergraduate students will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016.
Commencement for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016.
For all degrees... $50.00
Reapplication - any degree... $5.00
*fees are subject to change
Degree Granting Dates
February 22, 2016 8:00 AM
Spring semester, April 29, 2016
Spring semester, April 30, 2016
Spring semester, May 7, 2016
July 11, 2016
Summer semester, August 13, 2016
Graduation is not automatic.
To graduate, apply at no later than the published graduation deadline. The graduation application, for all degrees, is available beginning on the first day of the term, in your
My Ohio Student Center.
The name that appears in University records will be printed on the diploma. When applying, the student must indicate the major(s), minor(s), and certificate(s) that he/she intends to complete. If you need assistance, contact Registrar Services or your regional campus student services.
How To Apply :
After the application deadline, a list of candidates is sent to each college. Colleges review and verify the candidate information provided, including college, degree, major(s), and minor(s).
Colleges receive a degree audit report
for the candidates and verify the completion of degree requirements within the college. Academic departments may also be involved in the verification process. Degree requirement questions from candidates should be directed to the appropriate college office representative. Colleges notify candidates of any degree requirement issues that may result in the denial of their degree for that particular semester.
Two weeks after the close of the term, a candidate list and updated DARS reports are sent to the college for a final review of degree requirements. The colleges confer or deny each degree and notify the Office of the University Registrar. Students who are denied graduation must re-apply by the posted deadline for the term in which they will complete their requirements.
International students should visit the Office of International Student and Faculty Services (Walter International Education Center) to complete a departure notification form. Take a copy of your graduation application with you.
Degree-bearing transcripts will not be available until four to six weeks after graduation. A copy of your transcript will not be mailed with your diploma, but may be ordered online, in person, by fax, or through the mail. Click here for information about ordering transcripts. If you wish your transcript(s) to indicate your recently conferred degree, you must specifically indicate this on your request. Please note, same day transcripts process immediately and may not include grades or degrees. Transcripts will not be mailed for students with financial or other obligations to the University. If you have questions concerning your transcript, please contact the Office of the University Registrar, 740.593.4206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your diploma will be mailed to you approximately eight weeks after graduation to the address supplied on your gradation application. The Office of the University Registrar receives the graduation conferral/denial lists from the college office indicating the graduation status of each candidate. Diplomas are mailed First Class. Diplomas will not be mailed for students with financial or other obligations to the University until the holds are released. Diplomas are issued by Ohio University in the following sizes: Associate's Degree 11W x 8.5H, Bachelor's and Master's Degree 14W x 11H; Doctoral and Medical 15W x 12H.
If your diploma mailing address changes or you have questions concerning your diploma, please contact the Graduation Department, 740.593.4196 or email@example.com.
If you receive a bachelor's degree and you graduate with an accumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.500 to 3.749, your accomplishment will be recognized by the notation "Cum Laude" on your diploma and transcript; if your GPA is 3.750 to 3.899, the honor is "Magna Cum Laude"; and if your GPA is 3.900 to 4.000, the honor is "Summa Cum Laude." To be eligible for honors, you must complete a minimum of 48 quarter hours/30 semester hours of coursework with letter grades that affect your GPA in residence at Ohio University. The honors printed in the commencement program are tentative, based on the most recent GPA prior to the final semester. Final honors will be determined after grades are processed.
Ohio University Event Services emails commencement ceremony information to all graduation applicants to announce which ceremony to attend, based on the student's college. Students who apply for graduation are listed as "Candidates for Degrees" in the commencement program since final approval of the degree is completed after the close of the semester. Students that have requested confidentiality of their educational records must release the confidentiality hold in order to be included in the commencement program.
Information about the commencement ceremony and cap and gown sales is available at the commencement website at http://www.ohio.edu/commencement. For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office of Event Services at 740.593.4020.
Graduation announcements are available through Ohio University Printing Services.
The local bookstores also have graduation announcements and diploma frames available for purchase.
Receptions are held by each college for those students participating in the annual commencement. The locations and dates of the receptions are determined by each college. Please contact your college for details.
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding graduation
To request a replacement diploma, please print and submit the Replacement Diploma Request Form.
Office of the University Registrar
Chubb Hall 118
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701