If you receive a bachelor's degree and you graduate with an accumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.500 to 3.749, your accomplishment will be recognized by the notation "Cum Laude" on your diploma and transcript; if your GPA is 3.750 to 3.899, the honor is "Magna Cum Laude;" and if your GPA is 3.900 to 4.000, the honor is "Summa Cum Laude." To be eligible for honors, you must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours/48 quarter hours of letter grades that affect our GPA in residence at Ohio University. The honors printed in the commencement program for spring semester candidates are tentative, according to the student's most recent accumulative GPA prior to spring semester. Final honors will be determined after final grades are processed.
No, students should show up to the Convocation Center 45 minutes prior to the event start time. Signage will be provided to direct graduates where to line up and Marshals will lead graduates to their seats and to the stage.
No, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Guests may drive their limited mobility guest to lot 128, directly across from the Bingham House.
If a guest needs a wheelchair to get into the venue Event Services student staff will be available to help the patron from the parking lot into the venue and from the venue to the parking lot.
Limited mobility seating will be available in the upper three rows of the bottom seating section and the lower two rows of the upper section. We ask that only one additional person sit with that guest to provide enough seating for all guests with limited mobility.
If a guest is bringing their own wheelchair once they’ve transferred into a seat, there is a wheelchair check-in location to store the wheelchair during the ceremony.
If a guest is wheelchair bound, there is seating at the media desks. They can sit in this space and we ask that only one other guest accompany them in this section to accommodate for other guests.
The elevator is located on the west side of the building, lower level.
There is handicap parking available around the Convocation Center. OUPD and Parking Services will be stationed in the lots to direct guests that day.
Additional information can be found under the Family & Friends section of the commencement website.
Maps for commencement that display section numbers and where graduates will be sitting, will be available closer to the commencement date. These will be located on the Resources page of the commencement website when available.
Seating is open and on a first-come, first-served basis. The commencement staff recommends sitting closest to your graduate. This information will be available on the seating maps located on the Resources page of the website. Maps will be available closer to the ceremony date.
All restrooms have a changing table EXCEPT the men's restroom under section 223. The table is located in each handicapped stall.
Yes, the lactation room is located between sections 220 and 222 in the Convocation Center.
The Convocation Center has phone charging stations throughout the concourse that guests may use. These are designed to keep your phone safe. There are also outlets sporadically placed along the concourse.
Commencement speakers are located under the Graduates section on our website. There are no student speakers for fall, but there is a student speaker contest for the spring commencement. More information will be e-mailed to spring graduates for them to participate.
Ohio University is a tobacco free campus and smoking is not allowed on campus grounds.
• Aerosol cans
• Animals (If you have a service animal you need to get the animal cleared through firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Commercial video/audio equipment and tripods
• Ice chests/coolers
• Laser pointers
• Weapons (including pepper spray and knives/blades of any length)
• Any item(s) deemed hazardous by event personnel
*Signs, flags and banners are subject to approval and may not be displayed on a pole: poles are not permitted