Commencement is a special time for the university community.

Whether a student, faculty member, family member or friend, the ceremony is an important event that marks a momentous occasion in the lives of our graduates and the entire university community. 

Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony 
Memorial Athletic and Convocation (MAC) Center 
Commencement of All Colleges 
May 8, 2015
6 p.m.

Baccalaureate Degree Commencement Ceremony 
Memorial Athletic and Convocation (MAC) Center 
May 9, 2015

9 a.m. Processional for the Colleges of:
Education, Health and Human Services
Public Health

1:30 p.m. Processional for the Colleges of:
Arts & Sciences
the Arts

5:30 p.m. Processional for the Colleges of:
Architecture and Environmental Design
Applied Engineering, Sustainablity and Technology
Business Administration
Communication and Information
School of Digital Sciences

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As you get closer to graduation, you will have questions about how to RSVP, get tickets, where to purchase your cap and gown and more. The answers to these questions and many more can be found in the online checklist for Graduation and Commencement.


Faculty participating in Commencement should report to the Gymnastics Room (Lobby B) of the MAC Center 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Faculty must wear academic regalia. Regalia can be rented from the University Bookstore in the Kent Student Center.


Find of frequently asked questions for guests attending the ceremony.


Commencement is a milestone for soon-to-be Kent State alumni. As they near graduation, students and faculty members have the opportunity to receive a variety of Commencement honors. Oftentimes these graduation honors are bestowed at the formal Commencement ceremonies. Find the descriptions of Commencement honors received at Kent State.


Academic ceremonies are steeped in tradition. The academic dress and the many colors that adorn regalia, the symbols of office and the music heard throughout academic ceremonies are highly symbolic and important to the university tradition. Learn more about ceremonial traditions at Kent State University.


View the ceremony online.