Graduation & Commencement

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Friday, May 12, 2017

As Kent State Ashtabula students approach graduation, they have reached a point in their lives where they've done more than study and work hard. Now, the hard work will be rewarded on commencement day. This online guide to graduation and commencement provides answers to many of the questions and concerns of soon-to-be graduates.

The Commencement Ceremony will be streamed LIVE on our website the night of Commencement.  
After Commencement, you can view the ceremony online on our YouTube Channel.
 

Graduation Application Checklist

  1. Apply for Graduation
  2. Reserve Your Place at Commencement
  3. Permission to Publish Graduate's Name
  4. Purchase Cap and Gown
  5. Attend Rehearsal
  6. Graduation 
1. Apply for Graduation

Students who are preparing to graduate must apply for graduation BY THE DEADLINE. To apply for graduation, go to Student / Resources / Graduation / Apply for Graduation in FlashLine.

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2. Reserve Your Place at Commencement

Make sure there's a chair for you during the ceremonies. Please respond to the commencement survey that you will receive from the Ashtabula Commencement Office via your @kent.edu email. 

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3. Permission to Publish Graduate's Name

When you graduate from Kent State at Ashtabula, there are many places that your name could be published. This includes, but is not limited to: the Commencement Program; releases to the media, which will include, name, city and degree; the Web site; the Cable TV channel.

Please check here to make sure the proper restrictions are either in place or lifted depending on what you want the public to know about your upcoming graduation.

To make any changes to your information restrictions, please follow these steps:

  1. Login to FlashLine.
  2. Click on Student, Resources, Requests, and Authorizations
  3. From the Requests and Authorizations channel, select Maintain the Disclosure of Your Directory Information
  4. Cancel you restriction of disclosure of directory information

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4. Purchase Cap & Gown

Go to the Ashtabula Campus Bookstore to purchase your cap, gown and tassel.  Tickets will be included when you pick up your regalia. Those graduating in Fall may purchase cap and gowns beginning in October; those graduating in Spring may do so beginning in March. Each graduate will get a certain number of tickets for family and friends. Those who will not need all of their tickets are encouraged to drop them off in the Bookstore where students who need more can get them.

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5. Attend Rehearsal

Commencement Ceremonies and the pre- and post-celebrations that go along with it speed by quickly. It's good to know what you need to do when during the important part of the evening. That's why Friday morning rehearsal is so important.

Students who attend will:

  • Get free coffee and donuts   
  • Learn to sing the Alma Mater   
  • Practice the processional   
  • Know where you are seated   
  • Tell the announcer the pronunciation of your name    
  • Receive any last minute instructions 

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6. Graduation

You now have a degree from Kent State University, earned entirely on the Ashtabula Campus. Enjoy this evening and all the other celebrations you may wish to have commemorating all that you have accomplished.

Diplomas are mailed 6-8 weeks after commencement from the Kent Campus. If you have any questions regarding your diploma, please contact the One Stop for Student Services.

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