Commencement Update, as of April 15:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Following the lead of President Todd Diacon and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s order that prohibits large gatherings due to COVID-19, the 2020 commencement ceremony for the Kent State Columbiana County campuses is postponed; however, our campuses are being included in a virtual ceremony through the Kent Campus.

PLEASE NOTE: Kent State students, faculty, staff, parents and friends are invited to tune into the virtual ceremony on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. EDT at During the virtual ceremony, students will hear from Kent State President Todd Diacon, Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Melody Tankersley, and college and campus deans.

Students will receive individual name recognition and participate in the conferral of degrees and tassel turning ceremony.

All students who RSVP to participate in commencement will each receive a commencement package so that they are all set on commencement day.

The package will include a copy of the commencement program, mortar board, tassel, alumni pin, diploma cover, honors cords for eligible graduates and hoods for doctoral graduates.

Details on ceremony participation, diploma mailings and more can be found by visiting

My staff on the Columbiana County campuses is busy looking ahead and trying to develop plans to celebrate your graduation in the coming months, if possible. We know how important this tradition is to you and to your family. We, too, want to recognize your years of hard work to earn your degree. And, remember, all who are eligible to graduate will earn their diplomas! We are just trying to determine how, and when, we can hold a ceremony to acknowledge those achievements.

Please continue to check emails and our website for updates about commencement. Stay healthy and be proud of your accomplishments. I am proud of you!

David M. Dees, Ph.D.
Dean and Chief Administrative Officer