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Commencement 2018


2020 Spring Commencement Ceremonies


The 2020 Spring Commencement Ceremonies have been postponed. When a new date is chosen, we will post that information here.

The University will be refunding those that have purchased cap and gown packages, individual items, and faculty/staff rentals. Fees charged to your student account will be reversed and orders placed through CashNet will be refunded to payment cards. Graduates will receive new instructions for purchasing cap and gowns when a new Commencement date has been set.

To order regalia for photos, future ceremonies, or keepsakes and have it shipped, click here.

Please read below for the full statement from President Nellis.


Dear Ohio University Community:

As you know, Ohio University has been monitoring the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) daily to provide regular updates to our OHIO community.

I am writing, today, to notify you of our decision to postpone our Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies, planned for May 1-2. When it is safe for our community to come together again, we will immediately begin planning a postponed Commencement celebration and will notify our graduates and our entire community as plans are developed. 

The decision to postpone was made in the best interest of our graduating students and our entire campus community and in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that no gatherings with 50 people or more take place for the next eight weeks to slow the spread of this disease.

This decision is supported by and reflects the input of Student Senate President Lydia Ramlo, Student Trustees Austin McClain and Justin Kelley, as well as thousands of students who provided their perspectives as I moved toward this announcement.

Commencement is a significant occasion for our graduating Bobcats and their families, and I know we all feel a great sense of disappointment that we will not be able to celebrate their success together on May 1 & 2.

However, I greatly look forward to the day when we come back together again for what I expect will be an incredibly memorable and moving Commencement event as we celebrate not only your success at OHIO but also our collective journey through this unprecedented time.

In addition, we are actively exploring ways to continue to connect with you and celebrate you as we wrap up this semester, and we will share more details soon.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to evaluate and respond to this unprecedented situation. Please visit www.ohio.edu/coronavirus for updates and information about OHIO’s response to the coronavirus epidemic. Take care and stay safe, Bobcats.  
Kind regards,
M. Duane Nellis, Ph.D.

FAQ for Postponed Commencement 2020

Further ceremony questions can be directed to commencement@ohio.edu



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