Eloise Covert Smith Theater
All guests attending the graduation ceremony must have a ticket. Tickets will be distributed to every graduate beginning on Monday, November 26 at 10 a.m. at the McKinley Box Office.
Each graduate will receive 4 tickets. If you need additional tickets, you may request them when picking up your guaranteed tickets. You will be placed on a waiting list that is first-come, first-serve if additional tickets become available.
Family members without tickets can watch a live webcast of the ceremonies online. An overflow area will be held in the Flohr Lecture Hall and other campus locations to watch the webcast live for those who do not have tickets to watch the ceremony in the theater.
Rehearsal for Commencement will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 14 in the Eloise Covert Smith Theater in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. Rehearsal should last for approximately one hour. You do not need to wear your cap and gown. Coming to rehearsal is not mandatory, but you will receive valuable information that will help you with the process on graduation day.
If you have questions, please call Jennifer Schackart, Director of University & Community Events at (740) 351-3077 or (740) 351-3390.
Students completing their studies in Fall 2018 will be invited to the Fall 2018 Commencement on Friday, December 14.
All federal student loan borrowers are required to complete exit counseling at the time of graduation. If you were unable to attend Countdown to Commencement, you may complete the exit counseling online at www.studentloans.gov. A hold will be placed on your account if the exit counseling is not completed.
Dress up, this is your college graduation! No shorts for men, please. No frilly collars. Ladies, please wear sensible shoes with low heels to avoid tripping when walking across the stage.
In addition to the traditional cap and gown regalia, specific students who have excelled academically are entitled to wear honor cords. Graduation stoles (sashes) may also be worn to signify achievement through or membership in college organizations in good standing with the University. Learn more about cords, stoles, and cap and gown decorations.
Handicapped parking will be located in Lot C and E close to the Vern Riffe Center. See the attached campus map for additional information.
Student Commencement Marshals will be on hand to assist you or your family members before, during and after the ceremony. Please don't hesitate to ask them for help if needed. Representatives from the Shawnee State University Department of Public Safety will also be available for assistance if needed.
A photographer will take your picture as you are leaving the platform. You will receive a proof image in the mail later to see if you want to purchase the pictures. For questions about ordering, email email@example.com. To ensure normal procession of the graduates, taking photos will not be permitted in the restricted areas near the platform beginning 15 minutes prior to the ceremony.
Jennifer Schackart, Director
University & Community Events