Commencement Details - Graduate Students
Commencement 2023 will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2023 in the Doden Fieldhouse, and will include two ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Below is the schedule for class of 2023 commencement ceremonies by department/school:
May 6 at 10 a.m.:
- Allied Health
- Engineering and Computer Science
- Science and Mathematics
- Social Work
May 6 at 2 p.m.:
- Art, Design, and Theatre
- Biblical and Theological Studies
- Business Administration
- English, Literature, and Modern Languages
- History and Government
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Music and Worship
Attempts were made to keep siblings and spouses in the same ceremony. The registrar’s office will contact those who still have a sibling or spouse in the other ceremony to confirm that they may switch to the alternate program, if desired. Continue to check cedarville.edu/commencement for updates.
2023 undergraduates and graduates for 10 a.m. commencement: Commencement Rehearsal for those approved to participate in the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2023, from 6:00–7:30 p.m. in the Doden Fieldhouse. An email of your seat location will be emailed to you during final's week. Be watching for that email. Plan to meet in the fieldhouse promptly at 6 p.m.
2023 undergraduates and graduates for 2 p.m. commencement: Commencement Rehearsal for those approved to participate in the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2023, from 4–5:30 p.m. in the Doden Fieldhouse. An email of your seat location will be emailed to you during final's week. Be watching for that email. Plan to meet in the fieldhouse promptly at 4 p.m.
- Each class of 2023 graduate who plans to participate in their assigned commencement ceremony will receive ten tickets for the field house. No need to submit a request.
- The commencement ceremonies will be streamed to the Jeremiah Chapel of the Dixon Ministry Center to accommodate additional guests. No tickets are required for Jeremiah Chapel seating.
- Regalia is being ordered by the University Campus Store for all eligible graduates in the class of 2023. Regalia will be available for distribution in early April.
- Please contact Kelly Holdeman in the Campus Store with any questions regarding regalia.
Ladies: Sunday dress (dark 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)
Due to the nature of the seating in the facility, there are no reserved seats. Tickets are required to enter the Doden Fieldhouse and overflow areas. Individuals sitting together will not be seated until the entire group has arrived. All ticket holders must be seated 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the program.
Seating for Young Children
All children over the age of one must have a ticket. 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 in the fieldhouse or in the overflow areas.
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 graduationfoto.com to receive a proof via email. After commencement, you may order online at graduationfoto.com 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.
Parking and Lodging
Students approved to participate in the commencement ceremony will receive an email during finals week indicating where their seat location will be for the line of march. This same seat location will be used for your rehearsal time. Please plan to attend.
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.
Commencement - Live Stream
If family or friends are unable to attend your commencement, encourage them to watch online and celebrate with you! Visit the Commencement Live page.
Visit Josten's Cedarville page to order personalized graduation announcements. Non-personalized announcements can be purchased at the Campus Store.
The Campus Store 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 Campus Store 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 6, 2023!
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 Campus Store.
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.