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  • Grad Salute: Join Us as we celebrate you!

    Monday, March 20, 2017 at 12-6 pm 
    Schneider Conference Room

    • Snacks
    • Ice cream available 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Raffle prizes every hour 
    • iPad giveaway
    • Cap and Gown
    • Jostens 

    Representatives from these departments will be present to speak with you:

    • Adult and Graduate Education
    • Career Development
    • Finance Office
    • Library Services
    • Registration Office
    • Alumni Relations
    • Conference Services
    • Financial Aid
    • Perkins Loan Exit 
    • Capital University Law School
    • Trinity Seminary 

    Caps and Gowns and Bookstore Information

    Caps and Gowns will be available for purchase in the Bookstore. No pre-order necessary.

    All graduates must purchase their environmentally safe cap and gown from the Capital University Bookstore. Costs before tax are:

    • Undergraduate Cap, Gown and Tassel Set - $49.98
    • Master Cap, Gown, Tassel and Hood Set - $104.98
    • Individual items can be bought a la carte:
      • Tassel - $10.98
      • Cap - $10.98
      • Undergraduate Gown - $38.98
      • Master Gown - $45.98
      • Master Hood - $55.98  
    • Honors Cords will be distributed within the honor society to which the students belong.
      • Students graduating with academic honors will have their names noted with honors in the ceremony program and do not receive a cord.
      • Note: Cords and stoles must be approved by the Provost.  

    To order diploma frames, please visit the Capital University Bookstore website.

    Commencement Day Store Hours
    Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10 am - 2 pm

    Rented textbooks are due back by May 2, 2017.
    Students can sell back purchased books through May 6, 2016.

    Bookstore Hours
    May 1 - May 4: 8:30 am - 6 pm
    May 5: 8:30 am - 5 pm
    May 6: 10 am - 2 pm



    Graduation Requirements

    Students who wish to participate in the May  2016 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 May 6, 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Students who have completed their degree requirements and graduated in August and December 2016, 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 at 614-236-6150 or 614-236-6152 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.

    Commencement Ceremony
    For further information regarding the commencement ceremony and related activities, please contact Conference Services by phone at 614-236-6200 or by email at



    Graduate Rehearsal

    Rehearsal will be held Friday, May 5, 2017 at 2 pm in the Capital Center.

    Traditional undergraduates participating in the Commencement Ceremony are required to attend rehearsal. Non-traditional students are strongly encouraged to attend. Please assemble in the Performance Arena.

    Immediately following rehearsal, President Beth Paul will host a BBQ Picnic in the Main Dining Room for all graduates. The Main Dining Room is located on the 2nd floor of the Harry C. Moores Student Union. 



    Graduate Lineup

    On Saturday, May 6, graduates will begin to line up for the processional at 1:15 pm in the Performance Arena in the Capital Center. 

    The order of the lineup will be by degrees to be received and alphabetically within each degree group. The order of degrees will be as follows: MBA, MSN, MME, BA, BFA, BM, BSN, and BSW. A processional list of all degree candidates will be posted in the Capital Center Performance Arena at the time of rehearsal. 

    Graduates should enter The Capital Center through the Mound Street doors. Once lined up properly, graduates will be given specific instructions regarding the processional and recessional, receiving the diploma, etc. The Mound Street entrance will be used for guests w/special needs.

    Families and friends must enter through the Pleasant Ridge doors closest to Main Street. The Arena entrance is for graduates and people needing special assistance.

    Diploma Distribution
    Each graduate is individually recognized as he or she crosses the stage. Graduates will be asked to complete a card with the phonetic pronunciation of their name.


    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 ecumenical service. 


    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.

    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.

    Note: Cords and stoles must be approved by the Provost.