Commencement - Undergraduate Students

Last Updated: 4/27/2021

 

The 125th Annual Commencement of Cedarville University

Friday, April 30
7 p.m.

Doden Field House

Class of 2020 with
Graduate Class of 2021

Friday, April 30
9 p.m.

Dixon Ministry Center

Senior Celebration

Saturday, May 1
10 a.m. | 2 p.m.

Doden Field House

Undergraduate
Class of 2021

Planning for In-Person Commencement in May

We are pleased to announce plans for the 125th Annual Commencement celebration of Cedarville University, including the opportunity to officially honor the class of 2020. Due to current COVID protocols in the state of Ohio, the 125th annual commencement activities will be held in three ceremonies:
  • Class of 2020 and master’s and doctoral graduates from the class of 2021: Friday, April 30, 7 p.m. in the Doden Field House. Each graduate will receive four tickets. We ask that those attending from the class of 2020 RSVP, request tickets, and order regalia by March 25 at cedarville.edu/Classof2020.
  • Half of the class of 2021 undergraduates (by department/school): Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. in the Doden Field House. Each graduate will receive four tickets in the field house and three tickets for an overflow location.
  • Half of the class of 2021 undergraduates (by department/school): Saturday, May 1, 2 p.m. in the Doden Field House. Each graduate will receive four tickets in the field house and three tickets for an overflow location.

There will also be a Senior Celebration for the class of 2020 and the class of 2021 on Friday at 9 p.m. in the Jeremiah Chapel. We look forward to welcoming family and friends to these ceremonies as we give thanks to God for His provision and blessing during this challenging year.

* As a private Christian university, Cedarville’s commencement events will be religious services, including prayer, worship, and a clear presentation of the Gospel.

NOTE: Further details are still being finalized and will be posted to this website and communicated through various means as they become available.

Commencement 2021

Ceremony
Undergraduate Commencement 2021 will be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. See Commencement Information for department/school details.

 

Commencement Information

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Graduation Fee
Details being finalized.

Commencement Rehearsals
2020 graduates and 2021 graduates of the Graduate School: Commencement Rehearsal will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 3 p.m. for 2020 graduates and 2021 graduates of the Graduate School who plan to participate in the Friday evening commencement ceremony. This rehearsal will be held in the Doden Fieldhouse.

2021 undergraduates for 10 a.m. commencement: Commencement Rehearsal for those approved to participate in the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, from 5–6:30 p.m. in the Doden Fieldhouse. An email of your seat location will be emailed to you final's week. Be watching for that email. Approved graduating students need to meet in the fieldhouse promptly at 5 p.m.

2021 undergraduates for 2 p.m. commencement: Commencement Rehearsal for those approved to participate in the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 6:30–8 p.m. in the Doden Fieldhouse. An email of your seat location will be emailed to you final's week. Be watching for that email. Approved graduating students need to meet in the fieldhouse promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Commencement
Below is the schedule for class of 2021 undergraduate commencement ceremonies by department/school:

May 1 at 10 a.m.:

  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Nursing

May 1 at 2 p.m.:

  • Allied Health
  • Art, Design, and Theatre
  • Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Communication
  • English, Literature, and Modern Languages
  • History and Government
  • Music and Worship
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Social Work

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 a different ceremony to confirm that they may switch to the alternate program, if desired. The commencement service for the class of 2020 and master’s and doctoral graduates from the class of 2021 will be Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m., with the Senior Celebration at 9 p.m. Continue to check  cedarville.edu/commencement for updates.

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
Details being finalized.

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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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.

Graduation Tickets

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  • 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.
  • Half of the class of 2021 undergraduates (by department/school): Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. in the Doden Field House. Each walking graduate will receive four tickets for the field house and three tickets for an overflow location. No need to submit a request.

Multimedia

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Livestream

There will be live streaming of all three commencement programs and several of the school and department celebrations. They can be viewed at the commencement livestream page.

Photographs
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  graduationfoto.com to receive a proof via email also, and may order online at graduationfoto.com or by calling 1-800-482-0321.

Key Dates and Times

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Date
EventTime
Friday, November 2, 2020Graduation Application Deadline!
April 14, 2021President’s ReceptionWednesday evening at the President's home
April 20, 2021Senior Party - Countdown to Commencement6–7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Senior Chapel10 a.m. in the Jeremiah Chapel of the Dixon Ministry Center
TBD
Commencement RehearsalDetails being finalized.
April 30, 2021Senior Celebration9 p.m. Dixon Ministry Center, Jeremiah Chapel
April 30, 2021Commencement7 p.m. Doden Field House
Saturday, May 1Commencement10 a.m. Doden Field House
Saturday, May 1
Commencement2 p.m. Doden Field House

Senior Party - Countdown to Commencement

This party on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Callan Athletic Center-Stranahan Gymnasium is more than just a social event. This party is designed to provide you with what you need to participate in Commencement 2021 including your regalia, graduation tickets, 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! If you are unable to attend the Senior Party-Countdown to Commencement, please complete the online Senior Survey for the Alumni Office, and pick up your regalia, commencement tickets and honor cords from the Post Office after April 20, 2021.

President’s Reception

President and Mrs. White cordially invite you and your classmates to a reception at their home on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. You will enjoy good fellowship, share memories with your senior friends, and visit with the Whites. In order to accommodate everyone in your class, the reception time has been divided into 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 p.m., or 8:30 p.m.

Please note this is a “senior-only” event. Further details will be provided at a later time.

Senior Chapel
Details being finalized.

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 and 2021. Free Event. Program will begin at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021 in the Jeremiah Chapel of the Dixon Ministry Center.

Academic Recognitions - Details being finalized.

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  • School of Education Academic Celebration
  • Mechanical Engineering Academic Celebration
  • Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering Academic Celebration
  • School of Nursing Academic Celebration
  • Music and Worship Academic Celebration
  • School of Bible and Theological Studies Academic Celebration
  • Social Work Academic Celebration
  • School of Business Administration Academic Celebration
  • Army ROTC Recognition Banquet and Commissioning
  • Senior Celebration
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Air Force ROTC Commissioning

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 November 2, 2021. 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 2021, August 2021, or December of 2020, 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
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.

GPA
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, 2021.

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.

Transcripts

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Content
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 myCU 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 1, 2021!

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.

Contact

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!