Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

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Fall Commencement December 14, 2018

3 pm | Vern Riffe Center for the Arts

Eloise Covert Smith Theater

Graduation Tickets

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.

Live Webcast

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.

Commencement Reminders

Who is Eligible to Participate in Commencement?

Students completing their studies in Fall 2018 will be invited to the Fall 2018 Commencement on Friday, December 14.

Exit Counseling Sessions

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 A hold will be placed on your account if the exit counseling is not completed.

What do you wear?

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.

Honor Cords, Graduation Stoles, Cap and Gown Decorations

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

Handicapped parking will be located in Lot C and E close to the Vern Riffe Center. See the attached campus map for additional information.

Commencement Marshals

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 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.

Graduation Checklist

  • Be sure all library books and borrowed materials are returned to SSU.
  • Be sure all fees are paid. You cannot receive a final transcript or your diploma if you owe anything to the University.
  • Order cap, gown and tassel from the Bookstore if you are participating in the commencement ceremony. Payment is due at the time the order is placed.
  • Inform your family and friends of the date of commencement.
  • Be sure to keep track of your commencement tickets; we cannot replace lost tickets.
  • Watch for an email to let you know when to pick up commencement regalia.
  • Be sure to do Exit Counseling before you graduate if you have ever had student loans.
  • There will be an overflow area in the Flohr Lecture Hall of the Clark Memorial Library for those who do not have commencement tickets. In the overflow area guests may view a live webcast of the ceremony on a large screen.

Have questions?

Jennifer Schackart, Director 
University & Community Events

(740) 351-3077