Ohio University

Family and Guests

2019 Fall Ceremony Information

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 2:00 PM | Doors open at 12:30 PM

Commencement exercises are held indoors in the Convocation Center, located on the west green of the OHIO University Athens campus. Tickets are not required for any ceremony and the ceremony lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

For questions, please contact commencement@ohio.edu or call the office of Event Services at 740.593.4020.

Reception information can be found at the bottom of this page.


Individuals attending and participating in the Ohio University Commencement Exercises will be able to utilize parking within any dark green or purple lot on campus. Vehicles should be parked within a regular non-metered, non-restricted lot. All fees must be paid when parking at a meter on campus.

Please see our map listing all available parking lots on the Athens campus for students participating in Commencement exercises, and their family and friends. Please see the parking website for specific parking lot information.


Limited Mobility Parking and Handicapped Access

We are committed to assisting people with disabilities and limited mobility in attending Commencement. Volunteers will be on site prior to Commencement to provide assistance and direction.


Lot 128 surrounding the Convocation Center will be reserved for vehicles with a state issued disability parking placard only. Vehicles without a state–issued handicap permit displayed will not be permitted to park in this lot. Individuals without a valid state issued placard that need additional assistance may be dropped off at the limited mobility drop-off area and the driver will then be directed to surrounding lots.


There are designated seating areas within the Convocation Center for those with limited mobility. In order to maximize our ability to accommodate as many individuals as possible, only one family member will be permitted to remain in the limited mobility seating area. Personal wheelchairs must be checked-in once the individual has moved to a designated limited mobility seat. Individuals will be issued a claim check and wheelchairs can be retrieved at the end of the ceremony or once a graduates name has been called.

Individuals who use a wheelchair and are unable to transfer to other seating can be directed to wheelchair stations throughout the area.Limited mobility seating is on a first come first serve basis as is all other seating and cannot be reserved or guaranteed.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

A sign language interpreter will be located on stage and directed to sign to those sitting in section 101. All seats in this section will be reserved for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. Additionally, hearing assisted devices are located in the front lobby.


A variety of travel instructions are available on-line, at ohio.edu/athens/travel.html.


A list of lodging in and around Athens is available online via the Athens County Visitor's Bureau.


A Mamava lactation suite is available to use as a comfortable, private location for nursing and lactating individuals needing to pump or nurse. In order to utilize the Mamava suite, you will need to download the Mamava App on Apple App Store or Google Play. The app will allow you to unlock the Mamava suite in the Convocation Center.

College Receptions

Information forthcoming.