Commencement Information | Capital University


Commencement Information

  • Commencement Shake

    Commencement Ceremony

    Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 2 pm
    The ceremony will run for approximately two and a half (2 ½) hours. Tickets are required for admission.

    Doors open at 12:30 pm. Families and guests are encouraged to arrive early as there is no reserved seating. Please enter the Capital Center through the Pleasant Ridge Avenue (west) doors that are closest to Main Street.

    Family members and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony can view it live online at Webcast coverage of Capital’s 167th Commencement ceremony will begin at 1:55 pm. Beginning a week after Commencement, a video of the ceremony will be available there to view on-demand. 

    Baccalaureate Service

    The 2017 Baccalaureate Service will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 10 am in Mees Auditorium. All students and their families and guests are invited to attend this Inter-faith ecumenical service. 

    Commencement Ceremony Tickets

    August 2016 and December 2016 graduates are eligible and invited to participate in the May 6, 2016 Commencement Ceremony, along with the May 2017 graduates. 

    Each graduate must contact the Registrar's Office to indicate their participation in the graduation ceremony.

    After fulfilling all degree requirements, each graduate will receive six (6) tickets to the Ceremony.

    • Traditional Undergraduate students (May 2017) may pick up their tickets at the Student Union Post Office the week of May 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
    • If you graduated in August 2016 or December 2016, your commencement tickets will be mailed starting the week of April 24th.
    • Adult and Graduate students may pick up their tickets at the Adult and Graduate Education Office starting the week of April 24. Monday through Thursday 8:30am-6:00pm and Friday 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. Email: or 614-236-6996
    • Tickets will also be available for pickup during rehearsal on Friday, May 5, 2017
    • Additional tickets - contact Conference Services via email to be added to a waiting list (maximum of 5 additional tickets) 

    For degree requirement information, please contact the Registrar's Office at 614-236-6150 or

    Directions, Parking and Accommodations

    Visit our Directions and Maps page for more details on how to get to campus.
    We also offer a list of area hotels for those who need overnight accommodations.

    Parking on Capital's Main Campus During Commencement

    Visitors may park in any campus lot, provided the spaces are not marked handicap or reserved.
    The North side of the "S-1" lot will have a limited number of spaces for Mobility Impaired Parking. These spaces are accessible by a special Mobility Impaired Parking Pass. These passes are limited to one per family. Please make your requests to the Conference Services office by April 24, 2017. To request a pass, email or call 614-236-6200.

    Road Closings and On-Street Parking

    • Pleasant Ridge Avenue will be accessible to southbound traffic only 11 am - 2 pm. It will open to both directions during the ceremony (2 - 4 pm).
    • Pleasant Ridge Avenue will be closed 4 - 5 pm.
    • Bexley Police Department will block a portion of Main Street (in front of Memorial Gateway) with a police cruiser for safety during the gate ceremony.
    • NO PARKING on Pleasant Ridge from Main Street to Mound Street.
    • NO PARKING on Mound Street from Pleasant Ridge Avenue to Francis Avenue.

    For further information, please contact Conference Services by phone at 614-236-6200 or by email at


    Special Needs

    There will be areas specially designated for handicapped seating. The day of the ceremony, please locate an usher for assistance.

    A sign language interpreter will be available for those who are hearing impaired. The day of the ceremony, please locate an usher for assistance.

    Baby-sitting will not be provided. You are encouraged to take children out of the Field House to The Capital Center Arena if they become restless during the ceremony.
    Please silence your wireless phone during the ceremony.