57th Spring Commencement

Spring Commencement

Schedule | Friday, May 19, 2023

All ceremonies will be held in the CFPA theatre, Toledo-area Campus.

9 a.m.

School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics >>

Doors open for guests at 8 a.m.
Graduates must check in by 8:30 a.m.

12 p.m.

School of Liberal Arts >>
School of Business, Hospitality Management and Public Safety >>

Doors open for guests 11 a.m.
Graduates must check in by 11:30 a.m.

3 p.m.

Health Professions Graduates in the School of Nursing and Health Professions >>
(Nursing majors, DO NOT attend this ceremony)

Doors open for guests 2 p.m.
Graduates must check in by 2:30 p.m.

6 p.m.

Nursing Graduates & Pinning Ceremony >>
(Nurses, please attend this ceremony)

Doors open for guests 5 p.m.
Graduates must check in by 5:30 p.m.

RSVPs and Guests

Details and deadlines coming soon

Cap and Gown Order Deadline

To order your cap and gown, go to the Owens Gear Shop homepage and scroll down to click the “Get your Regalia Here” button. You will be directed to the Jostens website where you will be able to purchase your cap, gown and other Commencement items. The deadline to order is Thursday, April 20.

Commencement Cap and Gown Rental

Cap and gown rentals will begin the week of April 24. Each week leading up to Commencement, rental times will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in College Hall 152.

Disability Resource Center

Any graduate who has questions or needs concerning accommodations should contact the Disability Resource Center at (567) 661-7007 or disability@owens.edu.

Contact Us

If you have questions related to graduating or the Commencement ceremony, please reach out at commencement@owens.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do children count as guests?Any child under the age of 2 does NOT count as a guest if that child can sit on a grown-up’s lap for the entire ceremony. Anyone over the age of 2 or any child under the age of 2 that requires an individual seat MUST BE COUNTED separately as a guest.

Is there practice?
There is no practice. Graduates need to be checked in and seated at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled ceremony.

When will I receive my diploma and/or certificate?
Starting with this ceremony, diplomas and certificates will be issued by Credentials Solutions/Parchment. Students can get their digital credential faster, so it’s a great way to immediately share your accomplishment with your family, friends, and potential employers.

Upon completion of the final graduation audit, graduates will receive an email with instructions for electronically claiming their diploma and/or certificate.

Follow these simple steps:

  1. Check your school email and text messages for the award notification.
  2. Follow the link to set up your Parchment digital credentials account.
  3. Share your digital diploma on Facebook and LinkedIn via a verified link, or download a secure .pdf version.

The digital diploma and/or certificate will always be accessible online through your Parchment account. You can login to your Parchment account and download or share your diploma and/or certificate as many times as you’d like throughout your lifetime.

Your paper diploma and/or certificate will still be mailed to your permanent address on file within 30 business from the end of the graduating term. Please make sure your address is up to date via Ozone.

Questions? Email graduation@owens.edu.

How do I obtain Honor and/or Veteran Cords for Commencement?
Applicable cords will be provided to you at check-in for commencement.

Will there be professional photography?
The Grad Team will be onsite to take professional photos during the ceremony

What will happen with The Grad Team taking Commencement photography?

  • Everyone will be photographed
  • Photos will be online at 96 hours after the ceremony
  • Complimentary proofs sent to graduates
  • No obligation to purchase

Can we decorate our cap and gown?

  • Yes. Silly string, confetti poppers and glitter are prohibited.

Can I give extra tickets to another student?

  • To be fair to all involved, we are stringently enforcing the four (4) guest per graduate policy.