Commencement

Graduation is a time to celebrate your achievements and look forward to your future endeavors. Check this page carefully for all the information you need to be sure you're ready for graduation. 

Kent State Tuscarawas holds one commencement ceremony each year in May. Summer and Fall graduates are invited to participate in the spring ceremony. The Kent Campus holds several ceremonies in December, May and August. The 2017 Kent State Tuscarawas Commencement Ceremony will be held on Fri., May 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center. 

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Commencement Ceremony

The 2017 Kent State Tuscarawas Commencement Ceremony will be held on Fri., May 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours. Graduation information from Kent State Tuscarawas will be sent to students through the USPS the first week of February 2017. Students who plan on participating in the Kent State Tuscarawas Ceremony must RSVP to the Assistant Dean's Office by Fri., March 10, 2017.  If you have not received any graduation materials by Feb. 28, 2017, please contact the Assistant Dean's Office at 330-308-7454.

In addition to the Kent State Tuscarawas Commencement Ceremony, you are invited to a university-wide ceremony at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio.

Beginning with this year’s 256th Kent State University Commencement, a university-wide ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio. This optional university-wide ceremony is in addition to the Kent State Tuscarawas Ceremony. You may attend both, one or neither of these ceremonies, if you so chooose.  

Whether you are receiving an associate, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from any of the eight campus locations, you and your family have the opportunity to experience the university-wide ceremony will enable graduates from all eight Kent State University campus locations to be recognized together in one grand ceremony. 

You will receive a separate email from the Kent Campus with more information about the university-wide ceremony.

Commencement Tickets

Admission to the Kent State Tuscarawas Commencement Ceremony is by ticket only. Graduates who are participating in the Kent State Tuscarawas ceremony will be sent an email to their kent.edu account with instructions on how to reserve guest tickets. Students will be sent an individual URL from the Performing Arts Center that will direct them to a website for ticket ordering. Any extra tickets will be distributed through a lottery. Look for more information in your graduation materials that will be mailed to your home. 

Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsal will be held Friday, May 12, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.  Please report by 9:30 a.m. to the 2nd Floor of the Performing Arts Center (use side entrance).  We will line up and march as we will that evening.  It is strongly suggested that you be there so you know what is to happen that evening.  Mark your calendar now.

Graduation FAQs 

Q. Where do I get my cap and gown?

A. Cap, gown and tassel will be available in the bookstore. These items are not a rental; they will be yours to keep. For further information, contact the bookstore at 330-308-7493.

Q. When/Where can I get commencement tickets? How many will I receive?

A. Commencement tickets, for your guests, will be available in the Performing Arts Center box office. The exact number of tickets you are permitted will be announced after all graduation applications have been received. This information will be relayed to your Kent email account in late March. Please limit your invitations to those that will understand and enjoy the ceremony. 

Q. Do I have to complete loan exit counseling?

A. All students who received Stafford or direct loans must complete online exit loan counseling. Visit the financial aid office for further details.

Q. When will I receive my diploma?

A. Diplomas will be mailed from the Office of the University Registrar to the graduate's permanent address approximately eight to ten weeks after the ceremony. Check FlashLine to be sure the correct address is listed, or to update your address. Degrees are posted to students' permanent academic records approximately thirty days following the effective date of graduation. 

Q. How will my name appear on my diploma?

A. Your name will appear exactly as it does on your university record. Check with the Assistant Dean's Office in Founders Hall, Room A-104, if you have any concerns with how your name will appear on your diploma.

Q. How many graduation ceremonies are held each year?

A. Kent State Tuscarawas holds one commencement ceremony each year in May. Summer and Fall graduates are invited to participate in the spring ceremony. The Kent Campus holds several ceremonies in December, May and August.