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Spring Commencement



Rehearsal for Commencement will be held at noon on Friday, May 2 in the Main Theater of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

Can't Join Us for Commencement?

Family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony may view it by logging onto the University's homepage and clicking on a link that will take them to a page with the webcast of the ceremony. Please be aware this pilot program site does include commercials.

Additional Commencement Information

If you graduate in the fall of 2014, you need to petition for graduation by the end of the summer. Contact Christel Taylor with the Office of the Registrar at (740) 351-3168 or

Ticket Policy

The ceremony takes place on the Alumni Green which provides seating for approximately 3,000 family members and friends on a first come/first serve basis. Tickets are not required if the ceremony is held on the Alumni Green. However, if inclement weather is anticipated, the university's Severe Weather Plan will be implemented.

Under that condition, each student will be provided 3 tickets for family and friends. Students are encouraged to pick up their tickets beginning April 21 through May 2 in the University Center Room 222 D.

Two extra tickets may be picked up in the same location beginning on April 28th on a first come first serve basis. Once the extra tickets are gone students will be put on a waiting list for additional extra tickets if needed. Extra tickets will not be available the day of commencement and the university will not be able to provide replacement tickets if lost. For more information see the Severe Weather Plan.

Please note that due to the large number of students graduating in the spring extra tickets are very limited. There is a strong possibility students will not be able to obtain extra tickets if the ceremony is moved indoors. We apologize in advance for this inconvenience and encourage you and your family to create a plan as to which family members will be able to attend the ceremony if it is moved indoors.

Severe Weather Plan

In the event of anticipated severe weather Shawnee State University will utilize the Severe Weather Plan. This plan will consist of two separate ceremonies to be held in the main theater of the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

For the indoor ceremonies students will be divided into two groups according to their last names. The A-K ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. while the L-Z ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. Students will still walk and be seated with their colleges, The College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies and the University College.

Three tickets for family and friends to use will be available for pick up on April 21 in the University Center Room 222 D. For more information contact Mistie Spicer at (740) 351-3635.

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