Commencement for Guests

Family and Friends Plan your Visit to Campus

Kent State University will recognize the accomplishments of the Fall Class of 2023 with ceremonies on December 15-16.

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 2 years 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 & Drop Off

    • Accessibility seating and other reasonable accommodations will be available to guests at Commencement. Guests in need of accommodations should arrive no less than 60 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. Please display your drop-off permit on the car windshield.  The drop-off area and ADA parking options are highlighted in light blue on the commencement map
  • Parking And Shuttles

    • All parking lots are open on Commencement day. Handicap parking is available. Shuttles will run to and from the ceremony venue. View shuttle pickup and drop-off locations on the commencement map.
    • GPS address for the Memorial Athletic Convocation (MAC) Center is 1025 Risman Drive, Kent, OH 44242 .


  • Inclement Weather - Outdoor Ceremonies

    • Seating areas for graduates and guests will be tented. Commencement ceremonies will be held rain or shine. Severe weather (thunderstorms, lightning, tornado watch and/or warning) may lead to postponement. Communication on event delays due to inclement weather will be posted on the Commencement website and also emailed to the graduates' FlashLine account.  

  • Inspections

    • 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. 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 service animals)
    • 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)
    • Strollers
    • 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 ceremony at any time, an announcement will 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.




Gifts for Graduates

Ceremony Gifts 

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