Student on Stage with Diploma

Autumn Commencement 2021

Saturday, December 1

Watch Ceremony Replay

Health & Safety Guidelines for Commencement

This is a special time at Shawnee State as we host events on campus to commemorate the accomplishments of our students. As we celebrate together, please remain vigilant to provide the safest environment possible for our campus and visitors.

The University is committed to compliance with health and safety guidelines in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, Scioto County’s coronavirus transmission metrics are very high. For all in-person events this weekend, masking and social distancing will continue to be strictly enforced.

Remote viewing of commencement is strongly encouraged, particularly for the elderly, unvaccinated, or immunocompromised. For a summary of all campus health & safety guidelines, visit our COVID-19 Guidance page. Compliance with these rules make it possible for us to host in-person events.

Thank you for your support and cooperation. Best wishes for a safe and joyous celebration – and congratulations!


Each graduate will get four tickets for commencement.  Graduates can begin picking up their tickets on Monday, November 15 and can be picked up Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. until Friday, December 10 at the McKinley Ticket Office.


Each graduate should attend Commencement Rehearsal on Friday, December 10 at Noon in the Eloise Covert Smith Theater in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts. 

Live Streaming

The Commencement Ceremony will be live streamed on Saturday, December 11 at noon.

Watch Replay

For questions and concerns about Commencement or Rehearsal please email

Spring 2021 Commencement Replay Links