Kent State Celebrates Its Newest Graduates With In-Person Commencement Ceremonies on Dec. 18

The Kent State University alumni family grew by more than 2,400 new graduates as the university held its fall commencement. The accomplishments of the Fall Class of 2021 were recognized with in-person commencement ceremonies and a virtual commencement ceremony for all colleges and degrees on Dec. 17-18. All of the commencement ceremonies were livestreamed at

A new Kent State graduate waves to her loved ones as she crosses the stage during her commencement ceremony.
In total, 2,430 degrees were conferred this fall, consisting of 573 associate degrees, 1,497 bachelor’s degrees, 314 master’s degrees, 44 doctoral degrees and two educational specialist degrees.

More than 1,200 of the graduating students had confirmed their participation in the in-person commencement ceremonies.

During the in-person and virtual commencement ceremonies, graduating students heard from Kent State President Todd Diacon and Senior Vice President and Provost Melody Tankersley. Graduating students received individual name recognition and participated in the conferral of degrees and tassel turning ceremony.

The in-person ceremonies for all colleges and degrees on the Kent Campus were held at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation (MAC) Center on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

To participate in the in-person commencements, graduating students had to complete their ceremony RSVP by the end of October. Each graduating student registered for commencement had tickets for their commencement ceremony guests to attend. 

Additional Information About Fall Commencement

For more information about the in-person and virtual fall commencement ceremonies, including a schedule of the ceremonies, visit

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POSTED: Monday, December 13, 2021 10:18 AM
UPDATED: Monday, March 04, 2024 02:12 PM