One University Commencement | Kent State University

One University Commencement

Dix Stadium

Kent State University is honored to welcome Academy Award-winning actress and author Octavia Spencer as the keynote speaker for the first university-wide Commencement ceremony on May 13.

Best known for critically acclaimed starring roles in films such as “The Help,” “Hidden Figures” and “The Shack,” Ms. Spencer is also the co-author of two children’s books. Her acting roles highlight stories of perseverance and tenacity that motivate and inspire audiences of all ages. Ms. Spencer’s mother, Dellsena, worked as a maid, and Ms. Spencer, the sixth of seven children, earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University. Ms. Spencer has said that she loved playing characters that have “a voice and an opinion” and were proactive in bringing about change in their communities, “ordinary women who were heroes.”

Commencement Details 

The One University Commencement will take place in Dix Stadium on Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m. Faculty, staff, graduating students and their families are invited to attend the ceremony. All guests (including children 1 year and older) must have a ticket to enter the ceremony venue. Graduating students who have not sent their RSVP for the One University Commencement can complete a late ceremony RSVP to secure up to six tickets. Faculty and staff can email graduate@kent.edu to request tickets.

Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. Seating for the One University Commencement is general admission, and all parking lots will be open. Shuttles will run throughout the day to and from Dix Stadium and other Kent Campus ceremony venues, and shuttle buses also will provide transportation from all Regional Campuses to Dix Stadium. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony may be shortened, suspended or concluded.

Learn more about Kent State’s Commencement