Answers to frequently asked questions regarding commencement and graduation.

Q. Where do I get my cap and gown? 

Cap, gown and tassel will be available for purchase at the bookstore after Monday, April 6, 2020. 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.

Graduating With Distinction/Honors

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

After the RSVP deadline, Salem Campus graduates will pick up tickets from the receptionist desk. East Liverpool Campus graduates will pick tickets up from Debbie Riggs in the Mary Patterson Building. The number of guest tickets per graduate will be determined after the RSVP deadline. Graduates will be notified by April 8, 2020 the exact number of tickets available per graduate.

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 FSA ID (the same one that you used to process the FAFSA and Master Promissory Note).
  • Complete Exit Loan 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.