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  • Commencement Ceremony

    Saturday, May 7, 2016 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 166th 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 2016 Baccalaureate Service will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 10 am in Mees Auditorium. All students and their families and guests are invited to attend this ecumenical service. 

    Caps and Gowns and Bookstore Information

    Caps and Gowns will be available for purchase in the Bookstore March 21, 2016. 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 - $47.98
    • Master Cap, Gown, Tassel and Hood Set - $92.98
    • Individual items can be bought a la carte:
      • Tassel - $9.98
      • Cap - $17.98
      • Undergraduate Gown - $29.98
      • Master Gown - $34.98
      • Master Hood - $42.98
    • 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 7, 2016, 10 am - 2 pm

    Rented textbooks are due back by May 3, 2016.
    Students can sell back purchased books through May 7, 2016.

    Bookstore Hours
    May 2 - May 5: 8:30 am - 6 pm
    May 6: 8:30 am - 5 pm
    May 7: 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 7, 2016 Commencement Ceremony. Students who have completed their degree requirements and graduated in August and December 2015, 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 activites, please contact Conference Services by phone at 614-236-6200 or by email at

    Graduate Rehearsal

    Rehearsal will be held Friday, May 6, 2016 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 7, 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 exit will be closed.

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

    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.

    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.