Answers to frequently asked questions regarding commencement and graduation.

Q. Where do I get my cap and gown? 

Caps and tassels can be received from the Kent Campus by RSVPing to the Kent Campus Ceremony via FlashLine. All students who RSVP YES or NO will receive the cap and tassel. A gown can be purchased separately through the East Liverpool or Salem Bookstore or purchased through a third party vendor. Gown must be plain black.

Alternatively, a bundle package of cap, tassel, and gown can be purchased through the East Liverpool or Salem Bookstore. 

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. 

Criteria for Institutional Honors

Institutional Honors are based solely on the GPA earned in all coursework taken at Kent State University, including original grades forgiven and/or recalculated under other policies. A minimum of 60 semester hours must be earned at Kent State University to qualify. For the purposes of computing the final GPA and determining honors awards, the GPA is extended three decimal places and not rounded up. Honor citations are inscribed on diplomas as follows: cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude.

Honors candidates will be distinguished at the commencement ceremony based on all their institutional academic work completed prior to those courses taken during their final term of enrollment. Graduation with institutional honors is conferred on students who earn a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least:

  • 3.500 cum laude
  • 3.700 magna cum laude
  • 3.900 summa cum laude

Graduation with Distinction—Associate Degrees

Candidates for associate degrees who demonstrate high levels of scholarship through their coursework will graduate "with distinction." "With distinction" is awarded when students achieve a minimum 3.500 GPA for all undergraduate coursework at Kent State University. In order for students to be considered for graduation "with distinction" and have it inscribed on their diploma, a minimum 32 credit hours must be completed at Kent State University. The students' unadjusted GPA at the time the associate degree is conferred (which should be unadjusted by the application of the academic forgiveness policy, or course repeat policies) will be used in determining "with distinction."

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

Each graduate will be allowed to have no more than 4 guests. No tickets will be issued, as the graduate and their guests will be required to arrive and sit together. Arrival time for each family unit will be assigned closer to the date.

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.

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?

Family units will be encouraged to take photographs of their graduate on the stage at Commencement. 

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.

The Kent campus holds several ceremonies in December, May and August for students graduating in those terms.