Ohio University

Commencement 2018

Spring 2021 Commencement


Spring Commencement Update:

OHIO plans to host multiple in-person Spring Commencement events at Peden Stadium over the course of several days, streamed live for graduates who prefer to participate virtually.

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Spring 2021 FAQ

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

Spring 2021 Commencement is now in-person. When will my ceremony be?

We will be able to determine when the ceremonies will take place once students have RSVP’d by the deadline of March 17th. That information will be displayed on this page.

How do I RSVP?

An email with an RSVP link was sent directly to all OHIO student emails of those who applied for Spring 2021 Graduation. Please check your clutter or junk mail. If you still didn’t receive it, please e-mail commencement@ohio.edu and we will resend you the email. 

I won't finish my degree until summer semester. Can I participate in the spring ceremonies?

Students completing their degree in summer have the option to attend the spring ceremony provided they applied during the spring semester application period which ended on February 15, 2021, or they may attend the fall 2021 ceremony.

Any student completing in summer that did not apply for spring by February 15, 2021 may request a late graduation be processed for them, but will be charged a $100.00 late fine in addition to the regular graduation application fees. If you wish to pay the $100 late fine, call 740-593-4196 so that a late application for graduation can be processed for you.

Will I be allowed to bring guests?

Guest tickets will be determined based on RSVP numbers and mandated venue capacities. If guests are permitted, there will be no exemptions made for graduates to have the more guests than the permitted number. 

No re-entry will be permitted if guests exit Peden Stadium. Event capacity will be closely controlled to remain in compliance with State, CDC, and Ohio University COVID-19 guidelines. 

Will there still be a virtual ceremony?

Students who indicate they want recognized virtually will be honored at the end of each live-streamed ceremony.  
Students who want to participate virtually will log on to the livestream of their college’s ceremony and their names will be featured at the end of the live reading of names. 

Do I have to fill out the RSVP form if I would like to be recognized virtually during the live ceremony?

No. By NOT filling out the RSVP form, we will assume all of those graduates are choosing to celebrate at home, and their names will be read and recognized during the latter portion of your college’s ceremony.  

Can I opt out of the Spring 2021 ceremony?

Spring 2021 grads are encouraged to participate in their ceremony whether in-person or virtually. Plans for future ceremonies have not been set.  

How can I purchase my cap and gown?

You can purchase your regalia here. You must purchase your cap and gown by April 17th to receive it by the Spring Ceremonies. Please keep in mind you may have a different shipping address if you are permanently returning home or to a different address.  

Regalia is required for the in-person ceremony. You may not participate in person without Ohio University issued regalia. No regalia sales will occur at the ceremony venue. 

Isn't my cap and gown cost included in the graduation fee?

No. Traditionally, cap and gown costs have always been applied separately to student accounts upon using the Graduation Application. This year, due to COVID-19 (and the need for a virtual ceremony), we were able to work with our regalia vendor to have students order their cap and gown and have it shipped to their address of choosing.

Why is there a different ceremony date on the cap and gown purchasing site?

We extended our sales site date past the actual Spring ceremony date (May 1, 2021) so that students could have the option to purchase regalia after the ceremony date if necessary. 

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed 8-10 weeks after the official semester close date. 

When will the Spring 2020 Commencement postponement be rescheduled?

The University has also initiated planning for the postponed Spring 2020 commencement activities and will be sharing more information with Spring 2020 graduates before the end of spring semester

Schedule Your Senior Portrait

Grad Images will be onsite at the in-person commencement ceremonies.

For students interested in the virtual ceremony option and still wanting senior portraits, use the sign-up below.

Portraits will take place on the following days/times in Baker University Center rooms 240/242.

  • March 23 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • March 24 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Seniors are encouraged to wear their Cap and Gowns.

If you have questions GradImages Customer Service can be reached via email at ecc.giservice@gradimages.net or via phone at 800.261.2576

Sample photo:

Sample grad images photo- a woman wearing a cap and gown

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Contact Us

Ceremony Questions

The Office of Event Services

Baker University Center 347 | 740.593.4020

Grading and/or Application Questions

The Office of the Registrar

Chubb Hall | 740.593.4191