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Commencement Quick Facts

Commencement Practice

Friday, December 18, 2015 · 9:45 a.m.
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Next Ceremony

Friday, December 18, 2015 · 6:30 p.m.


Student Health and Activities Center, Toledo-area Campus

Doors Open

5 p.m.


For maps and directions, click here.

Academic Regalia

Caps, gowns, tassels and announcements are available to purchase from the College Bookstore.

Faculty members who want to rent a gown should contact Mary Jo Spring in the Bookstore at maryjo_spring@owens.edu or Ext. 7307 no later than one month prior to the ceremony. Faculty members who want to purchase a gown should contact Jostens at 1-800-854-7464, Ext. 15092.

Guest Seating

Please note that even though tickets are not required, seating is limited in the Student Health and Activities Center. Chair seats are set up in theatre-seating style, but will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Using signs, tape and other means for the purpose of saving seats is not permitted. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to secure seating. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Family and guests should plan to be seated no later than 6:15 p.m. When the academic procession begins, guest access will be restricted in some areas until the procession is concluded, so please be seated as early as possible. As a courtesy to others in attendance, please remain seated until the conclusion of the ceremony.

Additional guest seating will be available on the Center for Fine and Performing Arts in the Mainstage Theatre, where guests will be able to watch the ceremony on the big screen.

During the ceremony, as a courtesy to others, please turn off and refrain from using all mobile devices; electronic, hand-held games and similar items.

For more information about accessibility, please see the Accessibility section.

To view the ceremony layout, click here (a PDF will open).


Large print programs are available from any usher.


Family members and guests may take photos only from their own seat. For the safety and courtesy to all those in attendance, standing in the aisles is prohibited.

Professional photographs are taken of all graduates as they walk across the stage and after they exit the stage. A free color proof will be mailed to each graduate whose address is made available, at no charge and no obligation to purchase. Graduation Foto agrees to protect the privacy of graduates. Photographers will not sell or assign name and address information. For more information about the photographs, please contact Graduation Foto at www.graduationfoto.com.