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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

Tickets are required for everyone who attends spring commencement.  A pre-ceremony video will begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.  We strongly encourage everyone to arrive and be in their seats 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Graduates should arrive with their guests and report to the entry gate designated on their ticket. In order to receive your diploma, you must enter through your assigned gate. Graduates will receive their diploma after they have entered the stadium and on the way to their seats.

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. 

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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Graduates will be seated with their guests in a pod of three seats.  Those in attendance should remain seated in their assigned seating pod for the duration of the ceremony. Pods are distanced 6 feet apart in accordance with state and local guidelines.

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Ceremony Assignments

There will be two ceremonies on Sunday, May 9, 2021.

11:00 a.m.

Arts and Sciences

Education and Human Ecology

Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences/Environment and Natural Resources

Medicine/Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Social Work

3:00 p.m.

Graduate School (PhD/DMA, EdD, DNP, OTD, DPT, Master's)







Public Affairs

Public Health

Veterinary Medicine

Spring Commencement 2021

May 9, 2021
Ohio Stadium