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Commencement

Commencement

Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremonies

Graduate Ceremony

Friday, April 29, 9:30 a.m.
(Doors open at 8:00 a.m.)

Undergraduate Ceremonies

 Saturday, April 30, 9:30 a.m.
(Doors open at 8:00 a.m)

 Saturday, April 30, 2 p.m.
(Doors open at 12:30 p.m.)

Convocation Center
95 Richland Ave., Athens, OH

General Information

Where are the commencement ceremonies?

Spring ceremonies will take place at the Convocation Center on 95 Richland Avenue, Athens Ohio 45701

The Graduate ceremony for Masters and Doctoral students will take place on Friday April 29th at 9am.

The Undergraduate Ceremonies will take place on Saturday, April 30th at 9am and 2pm.

  • The list of colleges placed at each ceremony will be listed after the Graduation Application closes on February 14th, 2022.
When do doors open to guests?

Doors open to guests 1.5 hours prior to each ceremony.

What COVID precautions are you taking at this event?
  • All graduates, guests and staff are required to wear a medical grade face covering at all times while inside the Convocation Center. Clear face shields alone will not be permissible.
  • Ohio University’s public health measures, require face coverings for all individuals in indoor public spaces on OHIO campuses and on public transportation. 
  • In addition, we are encouraging all students, guests and staff to be fully vaccinated.
  • Each graduate is only allowed 6 guests per graduate, and all guests are encouraged to social distance from other parties not in their household.
Do I have to be vaccinated to attend commencement?

Vaccination status of students, guests or staff as they enter the Convocation Center won’t be checked. However, to stop the spread of COVID-19, we encourage all who participate in this event to be fully vaccinated. All guests, graduates and staff are mandated to wear a medical grade face covering while they are in the Convocation Center or any other building on campus. 

How long is the ceremony?

Each ceremony will be approximately 2 hours.

What is the link for the live video streaming of the Commencement ceremony?

Go to ohio.edu/commencement – the link will be available on the front page once the event begins.

Who is the speaker?

Information coming soon!

Where can I find information on Regional Campus Celebrations?

Information coming soon!

Where should I park?

Information coming soon!

Are seats reserved?

No seats are reserved except for limited mobility seating. All seating is first come, first serve.

How can I get pictures from Commencement?

Grad Images will be contacting your email or your permanent address with proofs of your commencement photo, available for purchase.

What is the order of conferral?

Graduate Ceremony - April 29th

Doctoral Students

Masters Students

-All students must return to their seats after conferral, to be respectful to other graduates and families. The event will adjourn at the very end of the ceremony.

Undergraduate Ceremonies - April 30th

Order to be announced.

-All students are encouraged to return to their seats after conferral, to be respectful to other graduates and families. The event will adjourn at the very end of the ceremony.

 

Is there a lost and found?

Lost and found is located at Will Call. After the event all items will be taken to Baker University Center Guest Services (740-593-4000).

I am Faculty interested in participating in Commencement. What do I need to know?

Information for Students

How many guests can I bring?

Each student may only bring 6 guests to the ceremony. The event is not ticketed.

We encourage families/guests to social distance from other parties not in their households. 

When should I arrive for my ceremony?

Friday, April 29th, 9am Ceremony for Doctoral and Masters students

Check in will begin at 7:30am in the Convocation Center Garage

Saturday, April 30th, 9am Ceremony for Undergraduate Students

Check in will begin at 7:30am in the Convocation Center

Graduates must be checked in and in College Line by 8:45am

Saturday, April 30th, 2pm Ceremony for Undergraduate students

Check in will begin at 12:30pm in the Convocation Center

Graduates must be checked in and in College Line by 1:45pm

What side should my tassel be on?

To the right prior to degree conferral. Upon conferral, tassel is moved to the front left.

Where can I put my coat and purse during Commencement?

There is no place to store personal items such as coats, backpacks, or bags. Anything you bring you will need to carry through the ceremony. Backpacks, coats, and large purses will not be permitted onto the Commencement floor. Therefore, please arrange with family or friends to hold onto items you do not want to carry onto the Convocation Center floor. 

For the safety and security of those attending commencement, all bags and packages entering the Convocation Center before and during the ceremonies are subject to inspection. This includes, but is not limited to purses, backpacks, camera bags, and diaper bags. 

Contact Us

Ceremony Questions

The Office of Event Services

Baker University Center 347 | 740.593.4020
commencement@ohio.edu

Grading and/or Application Questions

The Office of the Registrar

Chubb Hall | 740.593.4191
registrar@ohio.edu