Graduating | Capital University


    • Three friends at graduation ceremony
    • Beth Paul Speaking
    • Angela Pace
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  • Graduating Students

    Graduation Requirements

    Students who wish to participate in the May 2018 Commencement Ceremony must have completed ALL degree requirements. This includes:

    • Required coursework
    • Incompletes
    • Official transcripts
    • Any other materials related to the completion of the degree

    All students who have completed the above requirements in May, may receive their diplomas at the Commencement ceremony. Students who have completed their degree requirements and graduated in August and December 2017, are also eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony.

    MSN, MME, CLL, and traditional undergraduate students who will not be attending the ceremony may pick up their diplomas from the Registrar's Office, the Monday following Commencement. MBA students should contact Adult and Graduate Education Office at 614-236-6696 to make arrangements to receive their diplomas.

    For further information, please contact the Graduation Coordinator, Nikki Miller at 614-236-6150 or


    Financial Obligations:All bills and fees must be paid prior to graduation. If your account is not completely cleared by graduation, neither diploma nor transcripts will be issued. Contact the Finance Office at 614-236-6216 if you have questions.

    Ceremony Information: Rehearsal, Graduate Lineup, Ceremony, and Diplomas

    Commencement rehearsal will be held Friday, May 4 at 2:00pm in the Capital Center. Traditional Undergraduate students participating in the ceremony are required to attend. Non-traditional students are strongly encouraged to attend. You will have an opportunity to provide name pronunciation as well as pick up your tickets. Graduate Lineup will be in the Capital Center Arena on Saturday, May 5 no later than 1:00pm. Graduates should enter the Capital Center through the Pleasant Ridge Avenue Arena doors (family members cannot access the building through these doors). Once lined up properly, graduates will be given specific instructions regarding the processional and recessional, receiving the diploma, etc.

    Ceremony: Each graduate is individually recognized as he or she crosses the stage and will be provided with a padded envelope. Diplomas can be picked up in the Performance Arena after the Gate Ceremony or will be mailed to you (at the current mailing address on file with the Registrar’s Office).

    Commencement Tickets

    August 2017 and December 2017 graduates are eligible and invited to participate in the May 5, 2018 Commencement ceremony along with the May 2018 graduates. Each Graduates must contact the Registrar’s Office to indicate their participation in the graduation ceremony. Please contact Nikki Miller at or 614-236-6150. All graduates will receive six (6) tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket to participate.

    We will know after rehearsal on Friday, May 4, if there are any additional tickets available. Please see the Conference Services team.


    Traditional Graduates: your 6 tickets AND any approved additional tickets will be available to pick up from the Harry C. Moores Student Union Post Office Monday, April 30 through Thursday, May 3, 8:30 am-5:00 pm. On Friday, May 4, tickets will be available at the 2:00 pm rehearsal.

    Non-Traditional Graduates: your 6 tickets AND any approved additional tickets will be available to pick up from the Registrar’s Office, Yochum Hall, Monday, April 30 through Thursday, May 3 from 8:30 am-6:00p m. On Friday, May 4, tickets will be available 8:30 am-5:00 pm.

    Caps, Gowns, Honor Cords, and Barnes and Nobles Bookstore

    All graduates must purchase their environmentally safe Caps and Gowns from Barnes and Noble Bookstore

    Individual items can be purchased a la carte.

    • Undergraduate Set - $49.98 + tax
    • Master Set  - $104.98 + tax

    Honor Cords
    Honor Cords will be distributed within the honor society to which the students belong. Please contact your honor society for more information. 

    Barnes and Noble Bookstore Hours and Book Buy Back

    April 25-27 (8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
    April 30-May 1 (8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
    May 2-4 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm)

    * Rented textbooks are due back by May 1st

    Policy on Commencement Attire

    Capital University holds all of its graduates in high esteem. In addition to the traditional cap and gown regalia, specific students who have excelled academically are entitled to wear honor cords, and graduation stoles (sashes) may also be worn to signify achievement through or membership in college organizations. Graduation stoles and honor cords must be in keeping with the decorum of the event and the following guidelines:

    • Honor Cords – An Honor Cord is a token consisting of twisted cords with tassels on either end. Their wearing signifies specific academic achievement or membership in a recognized academic honor group or society. By tradition, more than one cord may be worn at the same time. Cords represent one or more of the following honors, memberships, and/or academic distinctions: Membership in an academic honor society; and Graduation with Honors (Honors Program).
    • Service Member Cords – Service members on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserves, as well as veterans of the United States Armed Forces, including Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, are entitled to wear a twisted cord of red, white, and blue. ROTC graduates who will commission on or immediately after graduation are also eligible.
    • Graduation Stole – a graduation stole is a decorative vestment worn by students who are members of college organizations for the purpose of recognizing membership or achievement. A stole takes the form of a cloth scarf-like garment worn over the shoulders adorned with the awarding Society’s colors and/or insignia. Only one graduation stole may be worn.

    Grad Week Schedule

    Cap It Off
    Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 6 - 8 pm

    Convergent Media Center Classroom 121
    Bring your cap and we will provide the craft supplies to decorate! While you craft, we’ll show the movie Neighbors, a throwback to the year you started your journey at Capital!

    Grad Fest
    Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 
5 - 7 pm

    Schaaf Lawn (Rain location: Harry C. Moores Student Union)
    It’s time to celebrate with your friends! Come play games, win prizes, let tarot card and palm readers tell your future, and have fun at the photo booth! Three drink tickets will be provided per graduating student (photo ID required)

    Cap Throwback Bingo
    Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 
11 am - 1 pm

    Harry C. Moores Student Union – Office of Student and Community Engagement
    Join us for Throwback Thursday, Capital style! Grab some friends and participate in a photo scavenger hunt for the opportunity to win a free brick, personalization included, on Mound Street Plaza. Bingo cards can be picked up from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Office of Student and Community Engagement

    41st Annual Senior Spaghetti Dinner
    Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 
Dinner served at 5 pm

    Harry C. Moores Student Union - Capital Court Dining Room
    Capital’s Alumni Advisory Board officially welcomes members of the Class of 2018 to alumni status. Join us for dinner and wine, served by faculty, staff, and AAB members. There will also be door prize drawings and other giveaways. It’s a great opportunity to share one last meal with your closest classmates. RSVP by Tuesday, May 1 to

    Commencement Rehearsal
    Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2 - 3 pm
    Capital Center Field House
    Traditional Student Graduates are strongly encouraged to attend a brief, one hour rehearsal in the Capital Center.

    President's Picnic
    Friday, May 4, 2018 – immediately following Commencement Rehearsal, 3 - 5 pm
    SA Quad (Rain Location: Harry C. Moores Student Union Main Dining Room)
    Please join President Paul for a celebratory picnic!

    Department of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

    Friday, May 4, 2018
 - 4 pm

    Conservatory of Music - Mees Hall.
For additional information, please contact Stephanie Van Tilburg at or 614-236-6638

    ROTC Commissioning

    Saturday, May 5, 2018
 - 9 am - 10 am
Huntington Recital Hall, the Conservatory of Music

    Post-Commencement Gate Ceremony

    Saturday, May 5, 2018
    Immediately following the Commencement ceremony, our new graduates will take part in the ceremonial procession through Memorial Gateway, signifying the completion of their academic journey and the start of a lifetime as Capital University alumni (the gate ceremony is dependent upon weather).