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The commencement ceremony will be held Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Campus Recreation Center. Doors will open for seating at 6pm and the ceremony will begin at 7pm. The ceremony will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
Seating is limited. Each graduate will receive tickets for guests. Information about the number of tickets you will receive was sent to graduates' student e-mail accounts on Feb. 16. If you are graduating and have not yet replied, please do so as soon as possible. Please keep your tickets in a safe location. Tickets cannot be reissued for any reason.
Those who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony will be able to watch it live on the web. The URL will be posted on this page when streaming is available.
Photographs may be taken at any time during the ceremony. Guests can approach the stage to capture an individual student, but please be considerate of others who may be near the stage.
A professional photographer will be taking candid photographs of each graduate receiving their diploma. They will also be set up in or around Ovalwood Hall prior to the ceremony to take any individual or group photos requested. The photographer, Bruce L. Heflin Photography, will contact each graduate under a separate mailing to inquire about photo purchases.
There is no parking adjacent to the Campus Recreation Center. Guests with physical limitations can be dropped off near the front door, but please plan to arrive before 6:30pm to avoid extra traffic as the graduates are marching over from Ovalwood.
Graduation practice is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, 2016, from 2pm to 4pm at the Campus Recreation Center.
At practice and at the ceremony, graduates will walk up three steps and across a stage. There is also a ramp for any graduate who may require it. If you are planning to use the ramp or need other accommodations for physical limitations, please contact Traci Lykins at 419-755-4733.
After the Ceremony
The front lawn of the Campus Recreation Center will be very crowded with graduates and their families. It may be helpful if you and family/guests meet at a previously agreed upon location, so you can easily find one another.
Graduates will be awarded diploma covers at the ceremony. Actual diplomas can be picked up in person at the Student Records Office from Monday June 6 through Thursday June 9. The remaining diplomas will be mailed on Monday June 13. (Please note, college offices will be closed on Fridays from
Before the Ceremony
Room 100 in Ovalwood Hall will be available for dressing beginning at 5:30pm. Please make arrangements to secure personal items, such as purses, jackets, etc. No security will be provided in the dressing room.
Line up will begin at 6:30pm. Graduates will march to the Campus Recreation Center from Ovalwood in caps, gowns, and tassels.
Caps, gowns, and tassels are required, and can be purchased from the campus bookstore. They will be available for purchase approximately April 15. The cost is approximately $39.00. Caps and gowns must be black. If you are using someone else's cap and gown, you should still plan to purchase a tassel with the correct year in the color that denotes your major. You may purchase these up to and including the day of graduation during normal bookstore hours. You are encouraged to purchase these items well in advance to insure proper sizing and availability. Please iron your gown.
Those who qualify for honor cords may pick them up in person at the Student Records Office, Kee Hall room 142, from Monday May 2 through Friday