Commencement - Undergraduate Students

Commencement 2020

Commencement 2020 will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m. This ceremony will be located in the Doden Field House and streamed live online.

Doors to the Doden Field House will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 2. Because of the nature of the seating in the facility, there are no reserved seats. Tickets are required to enter the Doden Field House. Individuals sitting together will not be seated until the entire group has arrived. All ticket holders must be seated by 9:45 a.m.

Seating for Young Children
All children over the age of one must have a ticket. An auxiliary room served by video will be designated for young children. No nursery supervision will be provided, however.

Seating for Disabled Individuals
Since the facility is at ground level and no stairs are involved, individuals with physical needs can utilize the chairs provided or take advantage of the designated location. Due to the location of this area, those that get cold easily may want to bring a sweater or jacket.

Commencement Parking

Area Accommodations

Commencement Information

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Graduation Fee
A graduation fee of $75 will be charged to your account after your eligibility for graduation is confirmed. This fee is applied whether or not you participate in Commencement.

Commencement Rehearsal
Rehearsal for commencement begins at 4 p.m. in the Doden Field House on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Plan to be present!

Commencement begins at 10 a.m. in the Doden Field House on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Graduates should report to the Stranahan Gymnasium by 9 a.m. to line up for the processional. You should be dressed in your regalia at that time. The service will conclude at approximately 12 p.m.

Commencement Dress
Ladies: Sunday dress (dark if dress or slacks go below gown), hose, dark dress shoes (either flat or low heel, no sandals or flip-flops)

Men: Shirt and tie, dress slacks (dark), socks, dark dress shoes (no sandals or flip-flops)

Graduate Seating
Graduates will be seated and recognized by academic department and degree. If you earn degrees or majors in two different departments, you must indicate the degree/major for which you wish to be recognized in commencement. Please contact the Office of the Registrar or send an email with this information.

Commencement - Not Participating
If you do not plan to participate in commencement, please contact the Office of the Registrar or send an email so that they can plan accordingly. If for some reason you have to cancel your participation after indicating your intentions to participate, please contact them as well.

Graduation Announcements

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Please visit Josten’s Cedarville page to order personalized graduation announcements. Non-personalized announcements can be purchased at the Bookstore. Or you can design your own through our print services office.

Graduation Regalia

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You will order your regalia at Josten’s Cedarville page. This site will be available beginning January, 2020. Details will be sent to seniors by email. The cut off date to order is Monday, February 24, 2020. Your height, weight, major, and degree are required to order your regalia.

Pick up your commencement regalia at the Senior Party - Countdown to Commencement, on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. If you are unable to attend the Senior Party - Countdown to Commencement, please pick up your regalia at the Post Office pick up window after Tuesday, April 14, 2020, during normal hours. You will need to show that you have your graduation tickets and present your student ID. The regalia will be yours to use for commencement and to keep! If you have any questions, please contact Hilary Slone in the Bookstore.

Graduation Tickets

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Each graduate will be eligible to receive seven tickets for their commencement guests. Due to the large number of graduating students, the availability of additional tickets will be limited. The Office of the Registrar will maintain a list of graduates needing additional tickets. Please stop into the Registrar’s Office, SSC-132, regarding information on this process.

Seniors must complete the Graduate Information Form before they can request their tickets. To request your tickets, please use the online ticket request form. This site will be available beginning in January, 2020. You do not need a ticket for yourself.

All tickets are for general seating (in chairs or bleachers) in the Doden Field House. Remember, tickets are free of charge and the selling of tickets is considered inappropriate activity and may result in disciplinary action.

The online ticket request system will close on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. If you did not complete the online ticket request or need to modify your original request, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 937-766-7620 or send an email.

Plan to pick up your tickets for Commencement 2020 at the Senior Party - Countdown to Commencement, on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. You must present photo identification to obtain your tickets. If you cannot attend this event, please stop by the Office of the Registrar between 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., on or after Wednesday, April 15. Please bring photo identification with you. Keep in mind that tickets have been reserved in your name. They will not be redistributed unless we receive verification that you are not attending commencement. Tickets cannot be mailed.


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Live Stream
The live stream will begin at 9:45 (local time) on Saturday, May 2, 2020. It can be viewed at the commencement webcast page. 

Parents and family members are permitted to leave their seats to photograph you as you shake hands with Dr. White and walk across the platform to receive your diploma. Professional photographs of this event may be purchased through Graduation Foto. A photographer from Graduation Foto will be at commencement to take a candid photograph of every graduate at your special moment of recognition. You will receive a free passport-sized digital proof of this photo on an order card in the week following the ceremony, which is mailed to the permanent address we have on file for each graduate. You can also preregister up to six email addresses at to receive a proof via email also, and may order online at or by calling 1-800-482-0321.

Key Dates and Times

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Event Time
Friday, October 25, 2019 Graduation Application Deadline! (See Office of the Registrar)
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 President’s Reception Tuesday evening at the Whites’ Home
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Senior Party - Countdown to Commencement 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Callan Athletic Center- Stranahan Gymnasium
Wednesday, April 22
Senior Chapel 10 a.m. in the Jeremiah Chapel of the Dixon Ministry Center
Thursday, April 30
Commencement Rehearsal 4–6 p.m. in the Doden Field House
Friday, May 1
Senior Celebration 8:30 p.m. Jeremiah Chapel - Dixon Ministry Center
Saturday, May 2
Commencement 10 a.m. in the Doden Field House. Parking Information

Senior Party - Countdown to Commencement
This party on Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Callan Athletic Center-Stranahan Gymnasium is more that just a social event. This party is designed to provide you with what you need to participate in Commencement 2020 including your graduation tickets, regalia, and honor cords. You must present photo identification to obtain these items. In addition, visit the alumni area, and enjoy food and fun with your fellow graduates! Direct questions about the Senior Party - Countdown to Commencement to Cindy Davis at 937-766-7620 or send her an email. If you are unable to attend the Senior Party - Countdown to Commencement, please complete the online Senior Survey for the Alumni Office, pick up your regalia in the Bookstore, and your commencement tickets in the Office of the Registrar after April 14, 2020, during normal business hours.

President’s Reception
President and Mrs. White cordially invite you and your classmates to a reception at their home on Tuesday, April 7. You will enjoy good food, share memories with your senior friends, and visit with the Whites. In order to accommodate everyone in your class, the two-hour reception has been divided into six, 30-minute segments. You will have the option to attend at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. 

Vans will shuttle from the SSC upper level entrance starting at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7. Please do not drive your personal vehicles since parking is so limited. Please note that this is a “seniors only” event. You will be sent an email asking you to sign up for one of the six times listed above. Last date for signing up is Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Senior Chapel
You will enjoy reminiscing and reflecting on your Cedarville experience during this special chapel presented to the University family on Wednesday, April 22. See your class officers for details.

Senior Celebration Program
A final challenge to the seniors will be given at this special program to honor families and celebrate the class of 2020. Free event. Program begins at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in the Dixon Ministry Center.

Academic Recognitions

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Academic Information

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All students must realize that it is their own responsibility to confirm their progress toward meeting all requirements for graduation. They are urged to plan the class schedule for each semester of the senior year at early registration time at the end of the junior year. This plan should be approved by the faculty advisor and checked to see that when it is completed all degree requirements will have been met.

The catalog in use when a student first enrolls governs his graduation requirements unless that catalog is over ten years old, or that student has left and then re-enrolled more than one year later. Consequently, that catalog should be retained and used as a guide in case changes are made in course or graduation requirements during the time that student is enrolled. However, a student may select a subsequent catalog if the student wishes; but all requirements must be completed from that catalog.

Students who cannot complete their graduation requirements before the end of the spring semester in their senior year, but who can complete them during the following summer or fall, will be granted their diplomas in August or December, as appropriate. Seniors who are eligible to receive their diplomas in August or December may be approved to participate in the May commencement preceding the completion of their work. Information concerning eligibility for August or December graduation is available in the Office of the Registrar.

Graduation Application
The deadline for submitting your completed application for graduation was Friday, October 25, 2019. If you have not already done so, turn your application into the Office of the Registrar located in Stevens Student Center, room 132. If your plans have changed and you are graduating in May 2020, August 2020, or December of 2019, come to the Office of the Registrar immediately.

Completing Degree Requirements
If you have changed your anticipated course schedule for spring semester that was listed on your graduation application, please contact the Office of the Registrar. You are ultimately responsible to ensure that you have completed the degree requirements. Your application will be reviewed again early in spring semester by the Office of the Registrar. You will be contacted if problems arise.

Diplomas are distributed to all eligible graduates at commencement. If you have any incomplete academic requirements or if you owe the University any money, you will not receive your diploma. Please check with the cashiers office if you have any questions about your account.

After grades are submitted, the Office of the Registrar will review your academic file to ensure that you have met the graduation requirements and record your degree. Degrees, not majors, are listed on your diploma. If you earn two degrees, you will receive two diplomas. However, if you earn two majors, you will receive one diploma.

Contrary to the opinion of some, all of the grades you earn during your senior year at Cedarville count toward the final grade point average, which appears on your transcript. Study diligently until the end!

Grade Changes
If you anticipate any changes in grades earned in specific courses, take the time to review your transcript to ensure that those changes actually occurred. Taking care of it now is much easier than addressing it from a distance!

Graduation With Honors
Grade point averages to determine who will be recognized for “graduation with honors” at commencement are calculated on credits earned through fall semester. Grade point averages for “honor,” “high honor,” and “highest honor” are 3.50, 3.75, and 3.90, respectively. One, two, or three gold cords are distributed for graduating with “honor,” “high honor,” and “highest honor.” Plan to pick up your honor cords at the Senior Party - Countdown to Commencement or see the Office of the Registrar between 8:30–5 p.m., on or after Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

NOTE: Actual “graduation with honors” as reported on the final transcript includes grades from all subsequent terms required to complete degree requirements.

Early Commencement
Early commencement involves participating in commencement prior to completing your graduation requirements. To gain approval for this privilege, consult your University catalog and contact the Office of the Registrar. Note that participation in commencement does not signify the earning of a degree. Your degree will be conferred upon the completion of your degree requirements. Upon receiving and reviewing your grades and/or transcripts, the Office of the Registrar will send your diploma or notify you of any difficulties. Please make sure that the University has on file the address to which your diploma should be sent.


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The appropriate degree information will be posted to your transcript after final grades are submitted and the Office of the Registrar has verified that all of your degree requirements and other obligations to the University have been satisfied. In addition to the courses you took and grades you earned in each, your transcript includes the date your degree was earned, major(s), minors you have earned including the honors program, the total number of credits earned, and your final cumulative GPA.

Complimentary Transcript
A complimentary copy of your final transcript will be emailed to you at your email address as recorded in the Office of the Registrar after your degree has been posted. If you anticipate a change of address following graduation, please make sure to update your address information in CedarInfo as soon as possible.

Requesting Additional Transcripts
Additional copies of your transcript may be requested electronically. To obtain a copy of your transcript for an employer, a graduate school, or for yourself, visit the Office of the Registrar website. Please allow three to five business days for regular transcript processing. A fee will be assessed per transcript and payable at the time of the request. Additional fees apply if expedited processing and/or delivery service is requested.

Diploma Framing

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The Bookstore provides several attractive options to display and protect your diploma. Two different sized options feature distinctive cherry molding, deluxe marble matting with gold silkscreen lettering, and the University logo. Please feel free to contact the Bookstore by phone at 937-766-7894 to place your order. By ordering ahead of time, you can pick up your frame when you graduate on May 2, 2020!

University Rings

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Many seniors celebrate graduation by purchasing a Cedarville University ring. Designed specifically for the University by Jostens, the ring features a blue stone and is available in either yellow or white gold. To see samples, stop by the Bookstore.

Jostens representatives will be on campus several times throughout the school year to answer your questions and take orders. Students will be notified by email with specific dates and campus locations.


Do you have a general question about graduation or commencement? Send an email or call the Office of the Registrar at 937-766-7620. They will help you or direct you to the right place!