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Instructions for graduates on commencement day

If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, please follow these instructions for success.

Arrival and parking

Arrive on campus by 10:30 a.m. Bring your line assignment with you.

Parking is available at no charge. Parking locations are open to you and your guests on commencement day on a first-come, first-served basis. No Ohio State parking permit is required. 

Graduates assembling in French Field House should park in any of the permit zones around St. John Arena and the French Field House. Graduates assembling in the RPAC should use the Neil Avenue Garage. Additional parking is available at the Schottenstein Center or on West Campus. Click here for the class assembly locations.

Parking is also available in lots north of Borror Drive. Lift-equipped shuttle buses will run between the "Buckeye" lots just south of Ackerman Road and the northeast rotunda of the Schottenstein Center.

Disability parking is available in the East Stadium lot on a first-come, first-served basis. A permanent or temporary Ohio or other state-issued disability placard is required. Enter the East Stadium lot from Tuttle Park Place. Please plan to arrive early as reserved parking is not guaranteed.

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Assemble promptly by 11:15 a.m. at the designated assembly locations in academic costume, and line up as you did at rehearsal. You will not be able to join the class processional lines after the class has left the assembly sites. 

As you enter, you will receive a copy of the commencement program that lists your name in proper sequence. One copy is provided for each graduate. Do not leave any personal belongings in the assembly locations.

The following colleges should report to the French Field House (use the south entrance off Woody Hayes Drive or the north entrance off Lane Avenue): 

  • To be determined

The following colleges should report to the line-up areas in the RPAC (use the main entrance off the plaza): 

  • To be determined

Only graduates and college personnel are permitted in the class assembly locations. Guests should proceed directly to their seats in Value City Arena.

Spring Commencement 2020