• Commencement 4
Commencement Information for Graduating Students
  • Commencement Ceremony

    Saturday, May 3, 2014 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 www.capital.edu/commencement. Webcast coverage of Capital’s 164th 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 2014 Baccalaureate Service will be held on Saturday, May 3 at 10 am in Mees Auditorium. All students and their families and guests are invited to attend this ecumenical service. Eric Anderson, Director of Career Development, will address the audience.

  • Caps and Gowns and Bookstore Information

    All graduates must purchase their environmentally safe cap and gown from Capital's Bookstore. Costs, including tax, are:

    • Undergraduate cap, gown and tassel - $40.98 + tax
    • MBA, MSN and MME cap, gown, tassel and hood - $78.98 + tax
    • Shipping cost is $6.95, if you order by fax or email to jambuske@capital.edu.

    Check out the Capital Bookstore Online for all your other graduation needs.

    Commencement Day Store Hours

    Saturday, May 3, 2014, 10 am - 2 pm

    Book Buyback In the Bookstore

    April 28 - May 1 8:30 am - 6 pm

    May 2 - 8:30am - 5 pm

  • Graduation Requirements

    Students who wish to participate in the May 2014 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 3, 2014 Commencement Ceremony. Students who have completed their degree requirements and graduated in August and December 2013, 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 Stacey Jones at 614-236-6696 to make arrangements to receive their diplomas.

    For further information, please contact the Office of the Registrar by phone at 614-236-6150 or registrar@capital.edu 

    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.

  • Graduate Rehearsal

    Rehearsal will be held Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2 pm in the Capital Center Arena and Field House

    Everyone participating in the Commencement Ceremony is required to attend rehearsal. Please assemble in the Performance Arena.

  • Graduate Lineup

    On Saturday, May 3 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 Pleasant Ridge doors closest to Mound Street. Once lined up properly, graduates will be given specific instructions regarding the processional and recessional, receiving the diploma, etc. The Mound Street exit will be closed.

    Families and friends must enter through the Pleasant Ridge doors closest to Main Street. The Mound Street entrance will be closed.

    Diploma Distribution

    Each graduate is individually recognized as he or she crosses the stage.

  • Departmental Events

    In celebration of Spring Commencement, many departments host special events for students.  In addition, there are services and programs offered by the Alumni Community.

    » Learn more about special events.