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Commencement is a special time for the university community.

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

Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony 
Speaker: Dario D. D. DiMare, '80, President, Dario Designs Inc.
Memorial Athletic and Convocation (MAC) Center 
Commencement of All Colleges 
May 13, 2016
6:00 p.m.


Baccalaureate Degree Commencement Ceremonies
Memorial Athletic and Convocation (MAC) Center 
May 14, 2016

9:00 a.m. Ceremony
Speaker: Christine A. Plonsky, '79, Athletics Director, The University of Texas at Austin

Processional for the Colleges of:
Architecture and Environmental Design
the Arts
Education, Health and Human Services

1:30 p.m. Ceremony
Speaker: V. James DeVincentis, '75, Owner, Przyborski Productions

Processional for the College of:
Applied Engineering, Sustainability & Technology
Business Administration
Communication and Information

5:30 p.m. Ceremony
Speaker: Earl K. Miller, '85, Ph.D., Picower Professor of Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Processional for the Colleges of:
Arts and Sciences
Public Health
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 graduation. Faculty must wear academic regalia. Regalia can be rented from the University Bookstore in the Kent Student Center.


Find 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.


Archive: view past ceremony webcasts
Live:  view live ceremony webcasts