Commencement FAQ | Kent State University

Commencement FAQ

Q. Where do I get my cap and gown? 

Cap, gown and tassel will be available for purchase at the bookstore after Monday, March 13, 2017. A graduation fair will be held on Monday, April 24 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Salem Campus bookstore and on Tuesday, April 25 from 10 a.m. - 1 the East Liverpool Campus bookstore. For further information, contact the Salem Campus bookstore at 330-337-4216 or the East Liverpool Campus bookstore at 330-382-7422.

Q. If I am graduating with Honors where will I get my Honors Cords?

You will be notified via email if you are to receive honor cords. This email will contain honor cords pick up information including the date and location.

Criteria for Institutional Honors

Institutional Honors are based solely on the GPA earned in all coursework taken at Kent State University, including original grades forgiven and/or recalculated under other policies. A minimum of 60 semester hours must be earned at Kent State University to qualify. For the purposes of computing the final GPA and determining honors awards, the GPA is extended three decimal places and not rounded up. Honor citations are inscribed on diplomas as follows: cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.

Honors candidates will be distinguished at the commencement ceremony based on all their institutional academic work completed prior to those courses taken during their final term of enrollment. Graduation with institutional honors is conferred on students who earn a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least:

  •  3.500 cum laude
  •  3.700 magna cum laude
  •  3.900 summa cum laude
Graduation with Distinction—Associate Degrees

Candidates for associate degrees who demonstrate high levels of scholarship through their coursework will graduate "with distinction." "With distinction" is awarded when students achieve a minimum 3.500 GPA for all undergraduate coursework at Kent State University. In order for students to be considered for graduation "with distinction" and have it inscribed on their diploma, a minimum 32 credit hours must be completed at Kent State University. The students' unadjusted GPA at the time the associate degree is conferred (which should be unadjusted by the application of the academic forgiveness policy, or course repeat policies) will be used in determining "with distinction."

Q. How many guests can I bring and where will I get my guest tickets?

You will pick up your tickets at the receptionist's desk after the RSVP deadline. The number of guest tickets per graduate will be determined after the RSVP deadline.

Q. Am I required to do Loan Exit Counseling?

If you took advantage of Federal Direct Loan program, a final requirement of having received your loan is to complete Exit Counseling.  During Exit Counseling you will learn more important information about repaying your loans, consolidation, etc.

  • You will need your Federal Pin number (the same one that you used to process the FAFSA and Master Promissory Note).
  • Go to then Tools and resources, click Exit Counseling.
  • Kent State will get the results electronically.
  • If you have questions regarding the information in the exit counseling, contact

Q. When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed from the Office of the University Registrar to the graduate's permanent address approximately six to eight weeks after the ceremony. Check FlashLine to be sure we have your correct address, or to update your address information.

Q. How will my name appear on my diploma?

Your name will appear exactly as it does on your official university record. Check with the Records office staff in the Student Services Office if you have any concerns with how your name will appear.

Q. Are graduation pictures available?

Yes, a professional photographer will be on site taking pictures of you receiving your diploma. Picture packets will be available; for you to purchase.

Q. How many graduation ceremonies are held each year?

Kent State University Columbiana County Campuses hold one commencement ceremony each year in May. All Columbiana County Campus graduates will be allowed to participate and will be recognized along with the spring graduates.

The Kent campus holds several ceremonies in December, May and August for students graduating with bachelor degrees.