KSU Tuscarawas Commencement

Fri., May 8, 2020 - 7 p.m.

Graduation is a time to celebrate your achievements and look forward to your future endeavors. Check this page carefully for all the information you need to be sure you're ready for graduation. 

Students can RSVP through the link below Mon., Feb. 3 to Mon., March 9, 2020. To RSVP after March 9, 2020, contact the Assistant Dean’s office at 330-308-7454. Please look for the Commencement packet sent by U.S. mail to your home address.



Commencement Ceremony

The 2020 Kent State Tuscarawas Commencement Ceremony will be held on Fri., May 8 at 7 p.m. in the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours. Graduation information from Kent State Tuscarawas will be sent to students through the USPS the first week of February 2020. Students who plan on participating in the Kent State Tuscarawas Ceremony must RSVP using the above link or by contacting the Assistant Dean's Office by Mon., March 9, 2020.  If you have not received any graduation materials by Feb. 29, 2020, please contact the Assistant Dean's Office at 330-308-7454.

In order to be eligible for graduation, you must complete an application either in the Office of Student Services, Founders Hall, or in your college office at the Kent Campus. A $200 late fee may be charged if you apply for graduation after the deadline.  

Kent State Tuscarawas holds one commencement ceremony each year in May. Summer and Fall graduates are invited to participate in the spring ceremony. The Kent Campus holds ceremonies in December, May and August. 

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Commencement Tickets

Admission to the Kent State Tuscarawas Commencement Ceremony is by ticket only. Beginning Mon., March 30 through Sun., April 26 you may reserve free tickets for your guests. Watch your Kent Email for an individual URL from the Performing Arts Center that will direct you to a website for ticket ordering. Ticket ordering is first-come/first-served, and you must RSVP to be eligible. During the ordering process, you will have the option to request special seating for guests with a physical limitation. Again, guest seating at the PAC is not guaranteed if you miss the RSVP deadline of March 9. Each guest must have a ticket for admission. Any extra tickets will be distributed through a lottery. Tickets for overflow seating in Founders Hall will be available closer to the ceremony date.

Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsal will be held Friday, May 8, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Please report to the 2nd Floor of the Performing Arts Center (use side entrance).  We will line up and march as we will that evening.  It is strongly suggested that you be there so you know what is to happen that evening.  Mark your calendar now.

Graduation FAQs 

Q. Where do I get my cap and gown?

A. Cap, gown and tassel will be available in the bookstore. These items are not a rental; they will be yours to keep. For further information, contact the bookstore at 330-308-7493.

Q. When/Where can I get commencement tickets? How many will I receive?

A. Commencement tickets, for your guests, will be available in the Performing Arts Center box office. The exact number of tickets you are permitted will be announced after all graduation applications have been received. This information will be relayed to your Kent email account in late March. Please limit your invitations to those that will understand and enjoy the ceremony. 

Q. Do I have to complete loan exit counseling?

A. All students who received Stafford or direct loans must complete online exit loan counseling. Visit the financial aid office for further details.

Q. When will I receive my diploma?

A. Diplomas will be mailed from the Office of the University Registrar to the graduate's permanent address approximately eight to ten weeks after the ceremony. Check FlashLine to be sure the correct address is listed, or to update your address. Degrees are posted to students' permanent academic records approximately thirty days following the effective date of graduation. 

Q. How will my name appear on my diploma?

A. Your name will appear exactly as it does on your university record. Check with the Assistant Dean's Office in Founders Hall, Room A-104, if you have any concerns with how your name will appear on your diploma.

Q. How many graduation ceremonies are held each year?

A. Kent State Tuscarawas holds one commencement ceremony each year in May. Summer and Fall graduates are invited to participate in the spring ceremony. The Kent Campus holds several ceremonies in December, May and August.