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Commencement takes place in Alumni Hall. Tickets are free but required for family and guests to attend.
Spring 2017 Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 13.
  • Ticket Information
    • Each graduate will receive up to 10 tickets. If extra tickets become available after distribution, they will be available on Saturday, May 13, prior to Commencement in Alumni Hall.
    • Tickets for the May Commencement ceremony will be available for pick up May 8, from 11:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.; May 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; May 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and May 11, from 8:00 a.m. through rehearsal. There will be no pick up on Friday. 
    • You must present your Student ID at time of ticket pick-up. 
    • If you are unable to pick your tickets during the listed distribution times, they will be available on Saturday morning in the Community Room of Alumni Hall.
    • If you do not need all of your tickets, please turn them back in to the Student Development Office so that they may be given to graduates who request more.
    • The tickets you were allotted but don't pick up will be given out as extra after commencement begins at 11 a.m.
    • Do not lose your tickets as they cannot be replaced.  
    • Tickets may not be picked up until each student has completed a Career Outcomes Survey distributed by the Career development Center. This survey will be sent directly to each graduate by e-mail and can be taken well in advance of ticket pick-up. There will also be computers available in the Student Development Office so that the  survey may be completed when you come in. It takes about 7 minutes total.
    • The doors to Alumni Hall will open at 10:30 a.m. on the morning of graduation.
    • In accordance with the Fire Codes, guests will not be permitted to stand along the back or in the aisles of Alumni Hall.
    • Children ages one and under do not need a ticket. However, if you are planning to use a baby carrier, you will need a ticket as the carrier will take up a space
    • There is no reserved seating except for guests with special needs. 

    Watch Live! 

    If you can't make it to the ceremony or you don't have a ticket, the ceremony will be streamed on TV's in the Griffin Student Center and the Alumni Hall Community Room. 

    You can also watch it via live streaming on your own computer.

  • Ticket Pick-Up

    Tickets for the May 2017 Commencement ceremony will be available for pick up at the following times:

    • May 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • May 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • May 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • May 11, from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (through rehearsal)
    • There is no pick up on Friday

    Ticket Pick-up Location
    Student Development Office, Griffin Student Center, Room 249.

    Additional Pick Up Times:
    If you are unable to pick up your tickets at the times listed above, you may also pick them up:

    • Thursday evening, May 11, after rehearsal at Grad Bash in the Griffin Student Center
    • Saturday morning, May 13, at the ticket table in the Community Room of Alumni Hall until 11 a.m.
    You will need a Photo ID and you must sign for your tickets. We CANNOT give your tickets to someone else; please do not ask us to do this. We do not mail tickets in the event they are lost in the mail and cannot be replaced.

    Career Outcomes Survey
    Tickets may not be picked up until each student has completed a Career Outcomes Survey distributed by the Career development Center. This survey will be sent directly to each graduate by e-mail and can be taken well in advance of ticket pick-up. There will also be computers available in the Student Development Office so that the  survey may be completed when you come in. It takes about 7 minutes total.

    Questions? Contact Sharon Reed in the Student Development office at (614) 251-4593, studentdevelopment@ohiodominican.edu or reeds@ohiodominican.edu.
  • Parking & Directions

    General parking on campus for graduation will be in the GOLD Lot. Please note that parking is limited and everyone is encouraged to carpool for this event. 

    View the campus map to see where buildings and appropriate parking is located.

    View driving directions to Ohio Dominican.  

  • Seating for Family & Guests

    Guests must be in their seats by 10:55 a.m. as the procession begins at 11 a.m.

    Guests arriving after 10:55 a.m. will not be allowed to enter the gym until the procession has ended. 

    Guests arriving late will be directed to the back bleachers. 

  • Guests with Special Needs

    If you or a guest need disabled parking, make sure your state-issued disability placard is visible or your vehicle has state-issued disability license plates. This allows the Columbus police officers to direct you to the correct parking area. 

    If you or a guest need floor seating due to a wheelchair or not being able to climb stairs, please call (614) 251-4595 to request special seating arrangements. 

    Space may be limited so we ask that only one person sit with the guest needing the special arrangements. 

    If you or a guest are hearing impaired, please call (614) 251-4595 to request seating near the interpreters who will be signing the ceremony.

  • Photography

    Please note that guests will not be permitted to approach the stage to take pictures during Commencement. Pictures may be taken from the seating area only.

    A professional photographer from Graduation Foto will take a picture of each graduate receiving his or her diploma.

    Information on how to purchase their photos with be sent to graduates following the ceremony.

    Please contact Graduation Foto directly at (734) 677-3400 for more information.

  • Local Hotels & Restaurants
    Graduate and families - for your convenience we've put together a list of places to stay, shop and eat near campus while you are in town.

    Be sure to ask hotels for any special graduation discounts on room rates, event space rental for parties, and more. Mention you are in town for Ohio Dominican University graduation.

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