Graduation & Commencement

Graduation Survey (available at time of next commencement)

Fall 2022 Commencement

Watch the Ceremony Livestream (Beginning at 7 p.m.)


The Ashtabula Campus will hold commencement at Spire Institute on Friday, December 16th at 7:00 PM.  Invitations have been sent. Please check your email to RSVP today!  

You may have already received an email from the Kent Campus on how to RSVP for their ceremony and to reserve your tickets.  If you are only interested in walking at Ashtabula, you can simply disregard those emails.  Ashtabula will provide you with a different way to RSVP and how to receive your own tickets. 

Please email Rebecca Harvey at for more information.



Graduation Application Checklist

View the complete Graduation Prep List

1. Apply for Graduation

Students who are preparing to graduate must apply for graduation BY THE DEADLINE. To apply for graduation, go to Student / Resources / Graduation / Apply for Graduation in FlashLine.

2. Reserve Your Place at Commencement

Make sure there's a chair for you during the ceremonies. Please respond to the commencement survey (click here) that you also received from the Ashtabula Commencement Office via your email. 

3. Guest Tickets

You must RSVP at the Commencement Survey (Click Here). You will enter your guests names and phone numbers. Each person will be required to give their name at the registration table upon entry to commencement.

4. Permission to Publish Graduate's Name

When you graduate from Kent State at Ashtabula, there are many places that your name could be published. This includes, but is not limited to: the Commencement Program; releases to the media, which will include, name, city and degree; and the Web site.

Please check here to make sure the proper restrictions are either in place or lifted depending on what you want the public to know about your upcoming graduation.

To make any changes to your information restrictions, please follow these steps:

  1. Login to FlashLine.
  2. Click on Student, Resources, Requests, and Authorizations
  3. From the Requests and Authorizations channel, select Maintain the Disclosure of Your Directory Information
  4. Cancel you restriction of disclosure of directory information

5. Purchase Cap and Gown

Go to the Barnes & Noble Ashtabula Campus Bookstore to purchase your cap, gown and tassel. Contact them directly at 440-964-4225 for more information. Those graduating in Fall may purchase cap and gowns beginning in October; those graduating in Spring may do so beginning in March.

6. Graduation

You now have a degree from Kent State University. Enjoy this evening and all the other celebrations you may wish to have commemorating all that you have accomplished.

Diplomas are mailed 6-8 weeks after commencement from the Kent Campus. If you have any questions regarding your diploma, please contact the One Stop for Student Services.

Additional Details

Anticipating some of your questions, we offer the following:

  •  Once you RSVP, and closer to Commencement, you will receive more detailed information to follow in a separate email. Letter to Graduating Students (PDF)
  • The ceremony will last approximately one hour (7-8 PM).

Click here to view the graduation email from the Ashtabula Commencement Office