Commencement Details

Commencement Seating

Doors to the Doden Field House will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018. 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.

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. You may let us know this information when you reserve your tickets. Due to the location of this area, those that get cold easily may want to bring a sweater or jacket.

Commencement Parking

Area Accommodations

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Graduate Information

Commencement Rehearsal
Rehearsal for commencement will take place in the Doden Field House on Thursday, May 3, 2018, from 4 – 6 p.m. While we understand that graduate students may not be able to attend rehearsal, it does provide helpful context. If at all possible, plan to be present!

Commencement begins at 10 a.m. in the Doden Field House. 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 graduate program and degree. Pre-professional and Masters graduates are recognized before baccalaureate graduates when diplomas are presented and degrees are conferred.

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.

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Graduation Announcements

Visit Josten's Cedarville page to order personalized graduation announcements. Non-personalized announcements can be purchased at the Bookstore.

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Graduation Regalia

You will order your regalia at Josten's Cedarville page. Details will be sent to prospective graduates by email. All regalia orders must be submitted by Friday, February 16, 2018. Your height, weight, major, and degree are required to order your regalia. It is important to indicate that you are completing a Masters Degree or a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree when you place your order.

For Masters degree students, regalia may be picked up from the University Bookstore during normal store hours, beginning April 11, 2018. If you cannot come to the Bookstore prior to commencement, contact the Bookstore to make alternate arrangements to obtain your regalia.

For Doctor of Pharmacy graduates, regalia may be pickup up during the Naplex Review on May 2nd and 3rd in HSC-253. For questions contact Shari Prater in the School of Pharmacy.

A representative from the Bookstore will be available in the Stranahan Gymnasium of the Callan Athletic Center before commencement on May 5, 2018 to provide regalia. If preferred, the Bookstore can mail your regalia to your home address (excluding Doctor of Pharmacy graduates). However, the graduate is responsible for the applicable mailing fees. The regalia will be yours to use for commencement and to keep! Please contact Hilary Slone in the Bookstore if you have questions regarding your commencement regalia.

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Graduation Tickets

Each graduate is eligible to receive seven tickets for commencement. You may request an additional three tickets if needed to accommodate your immediate family. All tickets are for general seating (in chairs or bleachers) in the Doden Field House.

Graduates must complete the Graduate Information Form before they can request their tickets. To request your tickets, please use the online ticket request form. You do not need a ticket for yourself.

If you do 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 e-mail.

Plan to pick up your tickets for Commencement 2018 from the Office of the Registrar between 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., beginning April 11, 2018. You must present photo identification to obtain your tickets. The tickets that are reserved for you will be held in the Office of the Registrar until 5 p.m. on May 4, 2018. No tickets will be redistributed unless we receive verification that you are not attending commencement. If necessary, tickets can be mailed to your home address. When mail service is requested, tickets will be sent by certified mail and the graduate is responsible for the applicable mailing fees.

Doctor of Pharmacy requested graduate commencement tickets will be available at the same time regalia is distributed during the Naplex Review. All ticket requests and ordering of regalia must be made by deadline dates listed above.

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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 you 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. After commencement, you may order online at or call 1-800-482-0321.

Registering with Graduation Foto provides them with the information they need to deliver your graduation proofs to you in a timely manner. Providing them with an accurate mailing address and email address will allow them to get your proofs to you on the first try. 

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Diploma Framing

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. 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 5, 2018!

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University Rings

Many graduates 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.

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