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Commencement Details - Graduate Students

Last updated: 3/31/2021

Guest Seating

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 not stairs are involved, individuals with physical needs can utilize the chairs provided in the fieldhouse or in the overflow areas.

Parking and Lodging

Commencement Parking

Area Accommodations

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Student/Graduate Information

Commencement Rehearsal
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!

For the Friday night Commencement ceremony (approved 2020 graduates and master and doctor graduates for 2021), Commencement Rehearsal is scheduled for Friday, April 30, at 3 p.m. in the Doden Fieldhouse. An email of your seat location will be sent to you in an email during finals week.

Commencement for 2020 graduates, and masters and doctor graduates for 2021 will be held Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7 p.m. in Doden Fieldhouse. Students approved to participate in the commencement ceremony need to meet in Stranahan Gymnasium at 6 p.m.

Commencement Dress
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)

Graduate Seating
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.

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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 Ordering


Regalia Clarification – We’d like to clear up some apparent confusion regarding regalia for commencement:

  • Class of 2021 – Regalia orders for the class of 2021 were submitted through the Google forms document you received in February. Orders were sent to Jostens and will be on campus for distribution at the Senior Party on April 20. There is no further action required on your part.
  • Class of 2020 – Members of the class of 2020 should order their regalia directly through the Jostens website for direct shipment to their home. The deadline for ordering regalia for the class of 2020 is March 25.
  • Please contact Hilary Slone in the Bookstore with any questions regarding regalia.

Details being finalized. 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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Commencement Ticket Ordering

Class of 2020 and masters and doctoral graduates from the class of 2021: Friday, April 30, 7 p.m. in the Doden Field House. Each walking graduate will receive four tickets. No need to submit a request.

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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 April 30, 2021!

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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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