Commencement Ceremony | Kent State University

Commencement Ceremony

"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet." ~Aristotle

May 2017 Commencement Ceremony Information

  • Please check this page carefully to ensure you are ready for graduation
  • Summer 2016, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 graduates will all be recognized and are invited to participate in Commencement.


  • The 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crestview Performing Arts Center in Columbiana, OH
  • Graduates need to arrive at the ceremony 45 minutes prior to the commencement.
  • The deadline to RSVP for the Columbiana County Campuses Ceremony will be Friday, April 7, 2017


  • A reception with light refreshments will be held immediately prior to the ceremony from 5- 6 p.m. for graduates, their family and friends.

Graduates with a Disability and Seating for guests with Disabilities

  • Please notify Lisa Curran at or Beth Allison Christy at by May 1, 2017 if you are a graduate or are bringing a guest with special seating needs. There will be areas designated for guests with special seating needs.
  • For additional graduation information or questions, please contact Sarah Motts at or 330-337-4202 or Shelly Lingenfelter at or 330-382-7415


  • Any student receiving an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or a doctoral degree from any one of the eight campuses may attend.
  • Students may attend BOTH their regional campus commencement on Friday evening and the university-wide ceremony on Saturday.
  • The university-wide ceremony will be held in addition to the college ceremonies currently hosted each spring at the Regional and Kent campuses. Students must RSVP separately to each event. (Spring 2017 candidates can access the RSVP to the Kent Campus ceremony by logging into Flashline between January 30 - March 7, 2017.)
  • Questions? Contact the Office of University Ceremonies at