CONGRATULATIONS KENT STATE STARK GRADUATES!
Whether a student, faculty member, family member or friend, Commencement is an important event that marks a momentous occasion in the lives of our graduates and the entire university community.
Kent State Stark Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 graduates are invited to celebrate their graduation at one ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
Get excited, Flashes! Commencement is going to be a Hall of Fame experience!
Kent State University at Stark
50th Annual Spring Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 13, 2023
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium
1835 Harrison Ave. NW, Canton
A livestream of the ceremony will be available.
KENT STATE STARK GRADUATE CHECKLIST
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY DETAILS FOR GRADUATES & GUESTS
Download the following information in pdf format. Download includes the parking map.
TICKETS & SEATING
Tickets are not required for the ceremony. Graduates may invite as many guests as they wish. There is abundant general and accessible seating at the stadium.
ARRIVE AT 9:30 A.M.
Gates open at 9:30 a.m. for graduates and guests. Graduates will be directed to the staging area and guests will be directed to general seating. Graduates should come dressed in their cap and gown. Staff will provide graduates with ceremony instructions.
PARKING AT THE HALL OF FAME VILLAGE
There is ample parking but not directly adjacent to the stadium. Expect a lengthy walk to the entrance gate and in and out of the stadium. The stadium is handicap accessible. Guests requiring accessible parking must have a valid handicapped parking permit. Guests with mobility issues can be dropped off near the gate. Guest parking is available in the Unity Lot.
There is a security checkpoint at the gate. Safety of guests is a top priority of the Hall of Fame Village. The Hall of Fame Village maintains its own policies as well as adopting the NFL Bag Policy to enhance public safety and make venue access more efficient and secure by limiting the size and style of bags carried into the venue. Due to this policy, there are several restrictions on what is allowed in the stadium. These restrictions include large purses, bags and umbrellas. Be sure to review the entry policy.
VIEW ENTRY POLICY & PROHIBITED ITEMS
LENGTH OF CEREMONY
The ceremony starts promptly at 11 a.m. and lasts less than 90 minutes. It should conclude before 12:30 p.m.
The ceremony takes place rain or shine. In the case of heavy rain, there may be a rain delay. Umbrellas are not permitted in the stadium. Rain ponchos are permitted. Seating in the stadium is uncovered.
ATTIRE FOR GRADUATES
Acceptable attire for under your gown is smart casual dress, such as dresses, skirts or dress pants, and footwear appropriate for walking on stadium turf. You may be sitting in the sun during the ceremony so wear sunscreen if needed. Make sure you’re dressed comfortably for the weather under your gown. Leave any valuables you bring to the ceremony with your guests.
PHOTO WITH THE DEAN
Graduates will have the opportunity to have a photo taken with Dr. Denise Seachrist in the staging area. Links to the photo gallery will be posted on this website the week following the ceremony.
RECEIVING YOUR DIPLOMA
Instead of a traditional graduation stage, graduates will be making their way across the 50-yard line to receive their diploma. You will be lined up by degree and college. Staff will usher you to the field. When your name is called, you will proceed across the field to receive your diploma cover. The cover will include instructions on when you can pick up your diploma at the Kent Campus or when you should expect to receive your diploma in the mail.