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Fall 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, December 11, 2 p.m.
Convocation Center

Fall 2021 Commencement FAQs - General Information

Where is the Commencement Ceremony?

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 11 at the Convocation Center on 95 Richland Avenue, Athens Ohio 45701. 

When do doors open to guests?

Doors open to guests at 12:30pm.

What COVID precautions are you taking at this event?
  • All graduates, guests and staff are required to wear a medical (cloth) 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 by December 11th. 
  • 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 Fall 2021 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 cloth face covering while they are in the Convocation Center or any other building on campus. 

How long is the Commencement ceremony?

Approximately 2.5 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.

Where can I find information on Regional Campus Celebrations?

OHIO Regional Campuses will be celebrating Fall 2021, Summer 2021 and Spring 2020 with a special, in-person Graduation Recognition Ceremony.

OHIO Southern
Thursday, Dec. 9
Bowman Auditorium
Nursing Pinning — 2 p.m.
Graduate Recognition — 6 p.m.
Contact - Tina Canter, canterc@ohio.edu
Southern Graduation Recognition

OHIO Eastern
Thursday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
Contact - Pam Saffell, saffellp@ohio.edu
Eastern Graduation Recognition

OHIO Zanesville
Thursday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
Littick Hall. 
Contact - Michelle Pendergast, pendergm@ohio.edu
Zanesville Graduation Recognition

OHIO Lancaster
Thursday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
Gymnasium | Brasee Hall
Contact - Brandy Bailey, baileyb@ohio.edu
Lancaster Graduation Recognition

OHIO Chillicothe
Thursday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
Shoemaker Center
Contact - Jaime Lowe, lowej@ohio.edu
Chillicothe Graduation Recognition

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?

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

What is the order of conferral?
  • Doctoral Students
  • Masters Students 
  • Undergraduate 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. 

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 Guest Services (740-593-4000).

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

Faculty may enter the lower lobby entrance (the street entrance below the main entrance directly off Richland Avenue near the parking garage under the Convocation Center.

Faculty must be wearing regalia. (Regalia Rental sales have ended.)

Due to Covid-19, there is no line up within the Convocation Center. Instead, Faculty are to find their seats in the first row of each of the College Sections. Faculty must be in their seats by 1:40pm. Faculty will stay seated the entire time and not go to the stage (unless you are a pre-approved Mentor for a Doctoral Candidate).

Fall 2021 Commencement FAQs - Information for Students

I missed the deadline to order a cap and gown. How do I get my cap and gown?

Online ordering has closed. However, there will be a sales location on campus in Baker University Center room 366 on Saturday, December 11, from 10am - 2pm. 

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 household. 
When should I arrive for my ceremony?

For Doctoral and Masters students, check in will begin at 12:30pm in Grosvenor Hall, 16 West Green Drive, in the Graduate College. Students must be in their seats at the Convocation Center by 1:45pm.

For Undergraduate students: Check in will begin in the Convocation Center at 12:30pm. Graduates must be in their seats by 1:45pm.

Check-In Map

Undergraduate check-in in convo center facing S. Green Dr. Doctoral and Masters Check-In in Grosvenor Hall (facing the Convo Center) and will walk into the Convo Center from Richland Ave sing the lower ramps to Lower-Lobby Entrance. Graduates do not enter the upper main entrance.

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What side should my tassel be on?

To the right prior to conferral of degree. 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.  

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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