Family and Friends Plan your Visit to Campus
In accordance with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's order to prohibit large gatherings due to COVID-19, Kent State is postponing all Spring Commencement ceremonies and pre-commencement celebrations. We are exploring alternate options and dates. More information will be provided at a later date.Ceremony details are updated frequently. For the most up-to-date information, be sure to check back before coming to campus.
Tickets and seating
All guests (including children 1 year and older) must have a ticket to enter the ceremony venue. Tickets will not be printed on-site. Guest seating is general admission.
Accessibility seating and other reasonable accommodations will be available to guests at Commencement. Guests in need of accommodations should arrive no less than 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and see an usher to be seated. Seating in these reserved areas cannot be guaranteed once the ceremony begins.
How to get around campus
Parking And Shuttles
All parking lots are open on Commencement day. Handicap parking is available. Shuttles will run to and from the ceremony venue.
A drop off permit can be used for guests in need of ADA accommodations is available. Please print and display on the dash of your vehicle. This permit will allow guests to be dropped off at the MAC Center and Dix Stadium.
For your safety and the safety of others, guests and their possessions are subject to inspection as a condition of admittance. The University reserves the final decision on all items brought into the venue. Hall Security will carry out security checks at the entrance of the ceremony venue. Our priority is to do this as quickly as possible. Please allow plenty of time to get in the venue for the ceremony.
Prohibited Items Include:
- Animals (other than those used as a service animal)
- Baby Strollers
- Bags (larger than 14" x 14")
- Laser pointers (Note: the use of a laser-point device will result in criminal charges and ejection from the ceremony)
- Whistles or Noisemakers
- Weapons of any kind
Emergencies and Evacuation
In the event of a medical emergency, please see a member of the event staff, usher or law enforcement official. Should there be a need to evacuate the stadium at any time, an announcement be made. For your safety, please follow the instructions from the announcer and law enforcement officials.
Smoking is prohibited. Smoking is also defined to include any and all electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes
Guests who are unable to attend may view the Commencement ceremonies live via webcast. Additionally, the Student Center Kiva will be open to guests without a ticket for live viewing on campus. Please note, that this area is seated first come, first served.