Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine 2020 Commencement

Friday, May 15, 2020

1:00 pm

Cartwright Hall

Kent State University

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Tickets All guests (including children 1 year and older) must have a ticket to enter the ceremony hall and be seated 25 minutes prior to ceremony start time in order to view the precessional.

SPECIAL NOTE: You must print your tickets prior to arriving at the Cartwright Hall. Tickets will not be printed at the door. All guests must have a ticket to enter the Cartwright Hall. Each ticket is unique and cannot be scanned twice.

SPECIAL NEEDS TICKETS: If you have requested reserved seating for guests with special needs, University Ceremonies will reserve seating for your guest and one person to accompany them. Please instruct your guests to arrive one hour prior to the start of ceremony; they will need to see an usher wearing a gold name tag. The usher will then direct them to their seat. Please not that once the ceremony begins, reserved seats will not be guaranteed. 

SPECIAL HOODER: If you are having a special hooder, they do need a ticket.

Guests with Special Needs There are no wheelchairs available for guests. However, handicap seating is available upon the graduate's request. Requests for special needs seating must be submitted when the graduate completes the online RSVP for the ceremony. The graduate should include:

  • Name of person receiving special seating
  • Guests' ability to climb stairs, or if guest uses a wheelchair
  • Notification if guests uses portable oxygen

Guests with special needs tickets need to arrive to Cartwright Hall one hour before the ceremony start time. Upon arrival, an usher will escort the guest(s) to their seats.


Cartwright Hall

650 Hilltop Drive

Kent, Ohio  44242



The Cleveland International Airport is approximately 45 minutes from Kent State University.

The Akron Canton Airport is approximately 30 minutes from Kent State University.



Frequently Asked Questions


DOORS OPEN - The doors will open approximately 60 minutes prior to the event. Doors will close at the start of the ceremony and will remain closed until the completion of the National Anthem.

LENGTH OF CEREMONY - Though the time varies depending on the length of the speeches, it is safe to anticipate an hour and a half.

REGALIA - Both the tam and gown are rented. Graduates will have time to take pictures with family and friends in the regalia, but they will need to return their gown and hood after the ceremony to receive their official diploma. Graduates will be able to keep their tam and tassel.

Special hooders need to return their regalia following the ceremony, as well.

DIPLOMA - Graduates will receive a ceremonial diploma cover on stage. Following the ceremony, graduates will exchange all regalia for their official diploma.

TICKET POLICY - All guests (including children 1 year and older) must have a ticket to enter the ceremony hall. Tickets will not be printed on site. Each ticket is unique and cannot be scanned twice.

Please note: Cartwright Hall does not have changing tables.

PICTURES AND/OR VIDEOTAPE - Cameras which are hand-held, battery powered and operable from the guest's seat are permitted. Guests may not stand in the aisles or in any other location within the auditorium for photo opportunities. Guests who cause a hazard, nuisance or obstruct the view of others may be asked to desist or ejected by security. 

ETIQUETTE - Commencement is a dignified event, fitting for the accomplishment you and your loved-ones have achieved. Please show respect for everyone who has come to share in the experience. We ask that all noise-making devices (including cell phones and pagers) be turned off and that, when possible, guests remain seated during the ceremony, keeping chatter to a minimal level.

ACCESSIBILITY SEATING - ADA seating is available. Graduates can request ADA seating for guests when ordering their Commencement tickets online. University Ceremonies will reserve two seats for each special accommodation request (one for the guest, one for someone to accompany them). Special accommodations seating is limited therefore we are NOT able to seat entire families in this space. All guests must have a ticket to enter the ceremony hall. 

Please note: Wheelchairs are not provided for guests.

ALTERNATE VIEWING LOCATIONS - Seating will also be available in the lobby for guests with small children. Guests will be able to view a live stream of the ceremony online.

ELEVATORS - An elevator is located in the main lobby. For assistance, please see a member of the event staff.

EMERGENCIES AND EVACUATION PROCEDURES - In the event of a medical emergency or evacuation, please see a member of the event staff, usher, or law enforcement official.

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. 


  • Animals (other than those used as a service animal)
  • Baby Strollers
  • Bags (larger than 14" x 14")
  • Laser pointers
  • Whistles or Noisemakers
  • Weapons of any kind


The use of a laser-pointing device of any kind or anything that can produce a focused beam of light found on any person in the venue will result in criminal charges and ejection from the ceremony. Similarly, it is the sole responsibility of security personnel to ensure that should any of these items be found inside the performance area, they be promptly confiscated.

SMOKING POLICY - Smoking is prohibited inside Cartwright Hall. Smoking is also defied to include any and all electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

For additional graduation information or questions, please contact Lorie Evans:


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