Hero banner image

Ceremony details

Join us in this celebration that marks the academic achievements of Ohio State graduates.

The ceremony begins at 12:00 p.m. and will last approximately one hour.

We welcome graduates and their family and guests to join in a virtual celebration on Sunday, May 3. This event does not replace an in-person ceremony in the future for the Class of 2020.

Pre-ceremony program

Before the ceremony, you can tune in to a special video to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2020 with messages from graduates and leaders across the university beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the livestream.


Melissa S. Shivers
Vice President for Student Life

National anthem

Please stand at the President's signal.

Mark L. Wilkinson
Class of 2020

Student remarks

Kathleen A. Greer
Class of 2020

Conferring of honors

Honorary Degree:
Tim Cook
Doctor of Humane Letters

Distinguished Service Awards:

Philip T.K. Daniel

E. Christopher Ellison

Timothy A. Gerber

Commencement address

Tim Cook
CEO, Apple

President's remarks


Conferring of degrees

The provost will ask the graduates from each college to rise and will present them to the president. When all colleges have been presented and are standing, the president will confer the degrees.

Singing of "Carmen Ohio"

Graduates and guests will be led in the singing of the alma mater.

2020 Spring Commencement

May 3, 2020