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Find everything you need to know to prepare for graduation and make this a day you'll never forget!


  • Apply for Graduation
    All ODU students are required to apply for graduation through ODU Online, and pay a $150 graduation fee.The application and fee are required whether you plan to attend the ceremony or not.

    The deadline to apply for Spring 2017 graduation was March 31, 2017. Please contact the Registrar’s Office (registrar@ohiodominican.edu) if you have questions.
  • RSVP for Graduation

    You must RSVP for graduation whether or not you plan to attend the ceremony.

    Your RSVP is required in order to purchase a cap and gown, walk in the ceremony, and to ensure that you will have tickets for commencement.

    The next graduation ceremony is May 13, 2017.

    The deadline to RSVP was May 1. Please contact the Registrar’s Office (registrar@ohiodominican.edu) immediately for late applications or RSVPs.

    Tickets will be available for pick-up beginning May 8, at 11:30 a.m.

    If you have any questions regarding the status of your RSVP, contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@ohiodominican.edu.

  • Graduation Checklist
    • Make sure you have taken, or are taking, all of your required classes and will have all of the required credit hours prior your desired date of graduation in May, August or December. Contact your Academic Advisor or the Registrar’s Office if you would like to review your degree requirements
    • Apply for graduation through ODU Online and pay the $150 graduation fee. The application and fee are required whether you plan to attend the ceremony or not.

      Application deadlines are: 
      May graduation—March 31
      August graduation—August 1
      December graduation—Oct. 31
    • RSVP for graduation whether or not you plan to attend the Baccalaureate and/or Commencement ceremony. RSVPs are required in order to purchase a cap and gown, walk in either ceremony and to ensure that you will have tickets for commencement. [NOTE: The May 1 deadline has passed; please contact the Registrar’s Office (registrar@ohiodominican.edu) immediately for late applications or RSVPs.]
    • Contact the Library at (614) 251-4752 to make sure all fines are paid.
    • Contact the Business Office at (614) 251-4550 to make sure all fees/fines are paid.
    • If you borrowed federal loan funds, use your FSA ID to access your complete federal loan history and complete Exit Loan Counseling

      Exit Loan Counseling is required by the federal government and will explain your rights and responsibilities concerning repayment of your loans. If you have any questions, contact the Financial Aid Office at (614) 251-4778 or finaid@ohiodominican.edu.
    • Contact Graduate Admissions at (614) 251-4615 to obtain information about graduate programs at Ohio Dominican University.
    • Contact Alumni Relations at (614) 253-3502 to stay connected to ODU after you graduate!
    • Purchase your cap and gown at Oakhalli.com/OhioDominican. You can order announcements and class rings from ​Balfour
    • Contact the Computer Helpdesk at (614) 253-3633 to back up your H: drive and sign up for Alumni email forwarding. Please note that your e-mail account will be disabled 60 days after graduation unless you sign up for email forwarding.
    • Take the outcomes survey. Recent graduate outcomes data is required by the federal government. We must survey our recent graduates when they graduate plus 3, 6 and 12 months after graduation. Information about job placement and graduate school rates helps the Career Development Center provide high quality career services and allows us to assist students still seeking employment. 
    • Keep the Registrar's Office informed of any changes to your name and address.
    • Check the graduation website regularly for updates.

Additional Information

  • Rehearsal & New Alumni Reception
    Rehearsal is MANDATORY for all graduates.
    • Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
    • Time: 5:15 p.m.
    • Location: Griffin Student Center, Rooms 258/259/260
    New Alumni Reception—ODU Grad Bash!

    Class of 2017, you've worked hard to earn your degree. Celebrate this exciting moment with your fellow classmates as you take these next steps from students to alumni!

    Appetizers, snacks and refreshments will be served in the Griffin Student Center.

    Graduates do not need to RSVP for this eventyou're already on the list! Simply head over to the Griff following rehearsal.
  • Baccalaureate
    Baccalaureate at Ohio Dominican University takes place as a Mass giving thanks for the blessings of our graduates and of prayers for their continued success in life.
    • Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017
    • Time: 9 a.m.
    • Location: Christ the King Chapel, Sansbury Hall
    Mass includes the traditional Baccalaureate sermon and may include other ceremonies. All graduates are invited to this Mass regardless of religious background. Your presence and participation are welcome and encouraged!

    Although communion is reserved to Catholics in good standing, participation in the Scripture readings, prayers, hymns, and intercessions is considered appropriate and is encouraged.

    Graduates may wear their robes to Baccalaureate. Continental breakfast will follow the service.

  • Student Speaker
    The Student Speaker is one of the highlights of commencement at ODU and we invite all graduating students to apply. It is a great opportunity to address your ODU classmates and their families and to share your thoughts as you begin a new phase of your life.

    Selection Process
    • Write your speech, usually 4-5 minutes in length when spoken, normally 2 to 2.5 pages double-spaced. 
    • Submit the speech to the Academic Affairs Office, ER 240, or email to AcademicAffairsOffice@ohiodominican.edu
    • A committee of faculty will review the speeches and select the speaker. 
    • Following selection, Dr. Linda Wolf will notify the student and arrange a meeting regarding the details, including rehearsal. 

    The deadline for submitting your speech for Student Speaker is Monday, April 24, 2017.


    For more information or if you have any questions, contact:

    Linda Wolf, PhD 
    Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
    (614) 251-4715
  • Caps & Gowns

    Make your graduation day picture perfect!

    Caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels can be purchased from Oakhalli.com/OhioDominican.

    • Undergraduate packages (cap, gown, tassel) are $60.00 plus tax.  
    • Master's packages (cap, gown, hood, tassel) are $115.00 plus tax.  

    NOTE: Orders shipping to campus must be placed by March 30, 2017.

    Orders shipping directly to your home must be placed by April 28, 2017
    **A Shipping charge of $15.95 will apply when using the ship to home option**

    Items are also available individually. Visit Oakhalli.com/OhioDominican or call (800) 223-0429 for pricing.

    We recommend that caps and gowns be steamed or pressed with a cool iron prior to the ceremony.

    Hoods & Tassels

    Please be aware of the colors of your hood and tassel when purchasing them from the bookstore.

    Tassels worn during graduation reflects a graduate’s discipline. The color and design indicate the graduate's degree and the institution that is granting it

    The hood is lined with the colors of the university (for Ohio Dominican, white and gold) and is faced with a color indicating the discipline of study. Hoods are worn only by those earning a Master's degree.

    Degree Hood Tassel
    Master of Arts (Theology) Scarlet Scarlet
    Master of Arts White White
    Master of Business Administration Drab (Brown) Drab (Brown)
    Master of Science Gold Gold
    Master of Education Light Blue Light Blue
    Bachelor of Arts N/A White
    Bachelor of Science N/A Gold
    Bachelor of Science in Education N/A Light Blue
    Associate of Arts N/A Black
    Associate of Science N/A Black
  • Class Rings & Announcements

    For information on Class Rings and Graduation Announcements, visit Balfour.

    A Balfour representative will be on campus on March 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a table by the Bookstore in the Griffin Center.

    Order forms and ring pamphlets are also available in the ODU Bookstore. 

    Please order graduation announcements at least of 4 weeks prior to your intended mail date.

    It is recommended that announcements be mailed to friends and relatives at least 10 days prior to the event.