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Commencement schedule

Advanced Degree Commencement 
Memorial Athletic and Convocation (MAC) Center
1025 Risman Dr., Kent, Ohio 44242
Commencement of all Colleges
Conferral of Doctoral, Master’s and Educational Specialist Degrees
Friday, May 10, 2019
6:00 p.m. (Doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

Ceremony length approximately 90 min 


One University Commencement 
Dix Stadium
2213 Summit St., Kent, Ohio 44242

Commencement of all Colleges
Conferral of Associates and Baccalaureate Degrees
Saturday, May 11, 2019
11:00 a.m. (Doors Open at 8:30 a.m.)

Ceremony length approximately 2 hours


College of Podiatric Medicine Commencement
Cartwright Hall

350 Terrace Dr., Kent, Ohio 44242
Friday, May 17, 2019
1:00 p.m. (Doors open at 11:30 a.m.)

Ceremony length approximately 1 hour 

Inclement weather

The safety of our University community is always our foremost priority, and we have planned carefully to ensure the successful completion of this important event. In the event of expected inclement weather; a decision will be made to move to an indoor ceremony schedule. This decision will be made and announced by 9:00 a.m. on May 10, 2019 via the following communication methods:

  • University Email
  • Kent State Website
  • Commencement App

Inclement Weather Schedule
The doors will open 90 minutes prior to the ceremony start.  Doors will close at the start of the ceremony and will remain closed until the completion of the National Anthem. The ceremonies will be approximately 90 minutes in length. 

  • 9:00 a.m. MAC Center
    • Colleges of: Aeronautics & Engineering; Architecture & Environmental Design; Arts & Sciences; Regional College
  • 1:30 p.m. MAC Center
    • Colleges of: the Arts; Education, Health & Human Services; Public Health
  •  5:30 p.m. MAC Center
    • Colleges of: Business Administration; Communication & Information; Nursing

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
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. Traffic on campus will be heavy so carpooling is highly encouraged. Shuttles will run to and from the ceremony venue and various campus parking lots. See your ceremony's Commencement Map for shuttle routes and pickups, walking paths and handicap parking locations.

  • One University Ceremony Map
    • Handicap parking is available on the east side of the stadium, in front of the Field House. 

    • Visitors are strongly encouraged to use the campus lots since there may be temporary road closures and/or traffic delays near the stadium.  Shuttles will be given priority on the roadways.  

    • One-way traffic:  Summit Street in front of Dix Stadium will be restricted to one-way traffic heading eastbound only.  Vehicles approaching the campus from the east should approach the campus from Rt. 43 or Rt. 59.

    • Please pay attention to posted signage, electronic signs and uniformed officers for further direction.

A drop off pass 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. Please reference the correct Commencement Map for location.

Safety information

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 Policy
Smoking is prohibited. Smoking is also defined to include any and all electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes

Alternate viewing

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.

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