Commencement May 13
The 2016 Kent State Tuscarawas Commencement Ceremony will be held Fri., May 13, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center. Students needed to RSVP to the Assistant Dean's Office by March 9, 2016.
Commencement Speaker: Agnes K. Swigart, Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences and Retired Assistant Dean from Kent State Tuscarawas
Mrs. Agnes “Aggie” K. Swigart is a Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Sciences and retired Assistant Dean from Kent State University at Tuscarawas. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education at Indiana University and a Master of Arts in Mathematics from Kent State University.
Swigart began her 35 years of service with Kent State University in 1970 as a mathematics instructor at the Wadsworth Academic Center. In the fall of 1972, she was reassigned to Kent State Tuscarawas as a member of the math faculty. She then served as assistant to the dean, and in 1998 was appointed assistant dean. She also served as Interim Dean in 1995. After she retired in 2005, Swigart returned in 2006 for one year to serve as Interim Director of Enrollment Management and Students Services. Her legacy at the campus also includes co-founding the Chestnut Society, an organization that promotes and supports campus programs, including student scholarships.
While serving at Kent State Tuscarawas, Swigart received the 1980 Outstanding Young Woman Award from the New Philadelphia Jaycee Women, the 1985 Kent State University at Tuscarawas Distinguished Service Award, the 1997 Regional Campuses Vice Provost Award, and in 2002, the Distinguished Woman Award from the Professional Women of Kent State University. She recently received the following honors and awards: the 2010 Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award, the 2011 Zeisberger Heckewelder Award, the 2013 Kiwanis International George F. Hixson Fellow, the 2014 New Philadelphia Quaker Foundation Merit Award and the 2015 United Way Vic Marsh Award.
An active and dedicated volunteer, Swigart currently serves on the Union Hospital Board of Trustees; Kiwanis Club, Tuscarawas County Council for Church and Community (T-4-C) Board of Trustees, Otterbein United Methodist Church and Otterbein United Methodist Women, Youth Musicale, Community Impact Committee, United Way of Tuscarawas County, The Tuscarawas Philharmonic Board of Trustees, Chestnut Society Executive Board and Quaker Digital Academy Board of Education.
Rehearsal will be held Fri., May 13, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. Please report by 9:30 a.m. 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.
Admission to commencement is by ticket only. Graduates who are participating in the Kent State Tuscarawas ceremony will be sent an email to their kent.edu account with instructions on how to reserve guest tickets. Students will be sent an individual URL from the Performing Arts Center that will direct them to a website for ticket ordering. Tickets must be reserved Fri., April 1 (10 a.m.) through Mon., April 25 (11:59 p.m.). Any extra tickets will be distributed through a lottery on Fri., May 6. Overflow tickets may be picked up from the Assistant Dean's Office in A-104 Tues., April 26 through Thurs., May 12. Look for more information in your graduation materials that were mailed to your home.
Q. Where do I get my cap and gown?
A. Cap, gown and tassel will be available for pre-order at the graduation fair or in the bookstore Mon., Feb. 15 through Fri., March 18, 2016. Late orders will be assessed a late charge. 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.