Ohio University

Commencement 2018
Spring 2021 Commencement

April 30 – May 2, 2021


Sunday, May 2, 2:00 p.m.

Undergraduate Ceremony
College of Fine Arts
Honors Tutorial College
College of Health Science Professions
Center for International Studies
University College

All Ceremonies

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All ceremonies will take place rain or shine in Peden Stadium and are expected to last 2.5 hours. Gates open to the public 90 minutes prior to each ceremony start time. Seating is general admission and tickets are required to enter. 

Students who plan to participate virtually will be able to access the livestream above on the day of their ceremony.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 30,
9:00 a.m.

Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Masters and Doctoral Candidates – All Colleges

Saturday, May 1,
9:00 a.m.

Undergraduate Ceremony

College of Business

College of Communication

Saturday, May 1,
4:00 p.m. 

Undergraduate Ceremony

College of Arts & Sciences

College of Education

College of Engineering

Sunday, May 2,
2:00 p.m. 

Undergraduate Ceremony

College of Fine Arts

Honors Tutorial College

College of Health Science Professions

Center for International Studies

University College

Frequently Asked Questions

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

When will mobile guest tickets be emailed to me?

Mobile tickets were e-mailed to students on April 1st. For questions about your tickets, contact Ray Dixson at dixsonr@ohio.edu

Commencement ticket redemption instructions

Please read the following information regarding ticket redemption to your specific Commencement ceremony. 

You will use your full PID number to access a promotional code specific to tickets for your ceremony. We strongly encourage you to have your parents/guests redeem the tickets and NOT the graduates. Provide your parents/guests with your full PID number and forward them the link and instructions below.

However, if you have guests from different households using the tickets, then the student should redeem the tickets, and transfer each ticket to separate parents/guests. 

The promotional code is a “one-time use” code that can only be accessed with your PID number for one single transaction. Once you complete the redemption process, you will not be permitted to access the site again. There is a maximum of two tickets per graduate.

ALL tickets will be in a mobile format and will only be validated on a mobile device. Mobile tickets printed on paper will NOT be accepted as valid tickets.

Redeeming your tickets

Enter your PID number where it says "Enter Promotional Code," and hit Go. Then, follow the detailed instructions below.

  • Click on Find Tickets next to the event Friday AM Graduate Ceremony
  • Select the quantity of tickets (up to two) with the ‘+’ sign.
  • Click Add to Cart, then click Check Out.
  • Click Create Account below Log In if you have never used our online system before.
    • If you, as the graduate, attempt to create a new account with your ohio.edu email, the system will deny you since your ohio.edu email already exists in your student account in our ticketing system.

      --Simply use a non ohio.edu email when creating your new account.
    • Once you have created your account, click Next to advance to the Payment Information screen (do not worry, there is NO CHARGE).

      --We strongly encourage you to choose Text My Tickets by clicking the box next to “Yes, also text my tickets via text message” and entering your mobile number.

      --If you do not choose this option, your tickets will be sent to you as a link in the email you provide in your account information.
  • Click Place Your Order to complete the process.

Saving your mobile tickets

You will receive a confirmation email about your order and your tickets will follow either in a separate email (if you did not choose to have them texted to you) OR in a text message to your mobile phone.

  • Click on the link in the text or email, and a menu screen will appear with the option to Add to Apple Wallet or Google Pay for each ticket.

    --We strongly recommend you do this immediately, to prevent you from losing your tickets (i.e., by deleting the email or text message).
  • Our mobile tickets, once they are added to an Apple Wallet or Google Pay, are NFC compatible. Our new tickets scanners can validate your tickets without scanning a barcode, so this is the reason we ask you to add your tickets to your Apple Wallet or Google Pay.
  • If you do not have Apple Wallet or Google Pay, you can download a PDF of your tickets. On the first page (menu), after clicking on the link, scroll down below the tickets and click Download PDF.

PLEASE DO NOT print any mobile barcodes (QR codes) on paper. They will NOT be accepted for admission into the ceremony.

Will there still be a virtual ceremony?

Students who indicate they want recognized virtually will be honored during their college's live streamed ceremony.
All students were sent an email from NameCoach to upload a photo to be recognized in the ceremony and during the name reading. Please check your clutter or junk mail for this email. The deadline to upload a photo on NameCoach is APRIL 2nd.

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. 

April 2nd at 4pm is the deadline to apply for Graduation with the Registrars Office to be included in the Spring Commencement Program, or have a name slide/or have your name read at Commencement. This is due to production deadlines. 

I applied late for graduation. Will I be included in the ceremonies?

Students who register late for graduation with the Registrar's office AFTER April 2 at 4 p.m. will not have their name in the program or have a NameCoach slide with their name read. This is due to production deadlines (Regular registration for Spring Graduation closed Feb 15). Students who have registered for Spring 2021 graduation after the above deadline, are invited to participate at an in-person ceremony, but must understand they will not have their name read, have a name slide, or have their name in the program and they must wear regalia.

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 their college’s ceremony.  

I missed the in-person RSVP deadline, what now?

April 2nd is the last day to apply for Graduation with the Registrar's Office to be included in the Spring Commencement Program, or have a name slide/or have your name read at Commencement. This is due to production deadlines. 

If you have applied for graduation with the registrars office past April 2nd, you can still purchase regalia and attend commencement, but you will not have a slide with your name read. In order to see if there are still tickets left for guests whose student registers after April 2nd, please email commencement@ohio.edu

When is the deadline to upload photos and name recordings to NameCoach?

April 4, 2021 at 11:59pm.

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.

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.

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.  

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. 

Will there be accessibility accommodations at the in-person ceremonies?

Yes. Guests can view the accommodations on the map here

I am faculty at Ohio University, how can I participate in commencement?

Faculty may participate in the following ways: 

When will the Spring 2020 Commencement postponement be rescheduled?

The University has scheduled the in-person 2020 commencement ceremony for Sunday, September 5th, 2021. More information to come. See the announcement here.

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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