Kent State Postpones Spring Commencement Ceremonies and Pre-Commencement Celebrations


Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,

In accordance with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's order to prohibit large gatherings due to COVID-19, Kent State is postponing all Spring Commencement ceremonies and pre-commencement celebrations. We are exploring alternate options and dates. More information will be provided at a later date.

I know how much commencement means to our graduating undergraduate and graduate students, their proud parents and family members, and the entire university community as both an annual tradition and a rite of passage. I, too, am disappointed that our students won't be able to cross the stage in May.

Rest assured, those eligible to graduate will earn their diplomas! Students have earned all the accolades coming their way, and I look forward to congratulating them in person at a future date.

In the short term, we will continue to focus first on staying healthy and second on supporting one another in completing coursework to finish the spring semester strong. As we navigate this challenging time, please remember to treat each other with kindness and respect in all that we do as Flashes take care of Flashes.


Todd Diacon



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. 



Commencement Ceremony

The 2020 Kent State Tuscarawas Commencement Ceremony will be held in the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center. Date to be determined. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours.

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. 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. 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 on 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.