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Spring Commencement 2017

Spring Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 9:00 a.m and at 12:00 p.m. in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. Due to the weather forecast SSU's severe weather policy will be followed.

Severe Weather Policy

In the event of anticipated severe weather or circumstances that may prevent Shawnee State University from holding the Spring Commencement on the Alumni Green, the University will utilize the Severe Weather Policy.

If the Severe Weather Policy is implemented, the university will hold two ceremonies in the Eloise Covert Smith Theater in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. The first ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will be for the students receiving the following degrees:

  • Master's in Mathematics
  • Master's in Education
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Individualized Studies
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Education

Doors for the ceremony will open at 8:15. There will be general seating in the theater. Tickets are required.

The second ceremony will begin at noon for students receiving these degrees:

  • All Associate degrees
  • Bachelor of Athletic Training
  • Bachelor of Health Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Doors for this ceremony will open at 11:15. There will also be general seating for this ceremony and tickets will be required.

Each student will receive 2 tickets for their family.Ticket pickup will begin on April 24 in room 211 in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. You must have your Student ID or some form of ID with you to pick up your tickets. If you are not able to pick up your tickets, please call 740-351-3635 or 740-351-3631 to make other arrangements. More information about extra tickets will be released that same week, if extra tickets are available.

For those without tickets, there will be an overflow area in the Flohr Lecture Hall in the Clark Memorial Library as well as other locations on campus as needed.  In the overflow area, guests will be able to watch live streaming of the ceremony on the big screen in the theater. The overflow area is for students who have family attending, but do not have enough tickets to attend the ceremony in the theater.

Live streaming of the ceremony will also be conducted on the University website at

Please make a contingency plan with your family in the event that the Severe Weather Plan is implemented.


Rehearsal for Commencement will be at noon on Friday, May 5 in the Eloise Covert Smith Theater in Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

If you have questions, please call Mistie Spicer, Coordinator, Academic Events & Partnerships at 740-351-3635 or 740-351-3631.

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.

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