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    Commencement

  • We are excited to finally meet in person for both the 170th Commencement and 171st Commencement ceremonies! With a shift in format, we are hopeful you will make great memories in the safest atmosphere possible. We look forward to having you attend in person or join us virtually if you are unable to be on campus.

    The 171st Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will take place throughout the day on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Capital University’s Capital Center Field House, 2360 E. Mound Street, Columbus, OH 43209.

    The 170th Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will take place throughout the day on Sunday, May 9, 2021, at Capital University’s Capital Center Field House, 2360 E. Mound Street, Columbus, OH 43209.

    There will be four sessions offered throughout each day. Graduates will register for either in-person or virtual attendance. They will register for only ONE session and may sign up with their friends and classmates. Seating is limited and all sessions will be live-streamed. The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

    Virtual attendance – Graduates are invited to attend a session as a virtual participant. As in-person graduates line up and walk across the stage to receive their diploma covers, virtual participants will have their names read and still photos shown on the video screens. Once you register for a particular session you will be contacted for submission of your photo. The registration link is provided below.

    In-person attendance – Each graduate will receive one (1) ticket for their entrance plus two (2) tickets for their guests. Additional tickets are not available and all sessions will be live-streamed from the Capital.edu website. The registration link is provided below.

    Graduates will be assigned seating in the center of the Field House, with guest seating in the north and south sections. Guests will be assigned seating in sections of two (2) chairs each. Chairs and sections cannot be rearranged or moved.

    Graduates have the option to sit with their friends or classmates! Graduates will line up before the ceremony and can stay with their friends through the ceremony. We will provide graduates with their name cards during lineup.

    Graduate’s tickets are not transferable to other graduates and cannot be used for other sessions; however, guest tickets are transferable and may be given to other graduates during the specific session. Seating assignments will stay the same and chairs cannot be moved to accommodate more than two (2) guests per section. Tickets must be provided at the entrance by all who enter (including graduates). No one may enter the Field House without a ticket.

    Commencement Ceremonies

    Each session will start with a welcome and remarks. Graduates will line up, cross the stage, receive their diploma cover, and exit the stage. As they exit, they will move into the photography area and then back to their seats. Once every graduate has been seated, tassels will be moved! Graduates will proceed to Memorial Gateway and guests will follow. Each session will be approximately 60 minutes long.

    SPECIAL NOTES:

    For the safety of our graduates, staff, students, faculty, and guests, everyone must wear a mask at all times while in the building. Adherence to socially distanced guidelines will also be necessary. All guests who enter the Field House will have their temperature taken. Access will be contingent on a temperature of less than 100.4 degrees.

    Current students, faculty, and staff should complete the Daily Symptom Check provided by Capital University and will be allowed into the facility with proof of the QR code.

    Entrance into the Field House will be through the Pleasant Ridge doors only. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each session.

    Graduates may be asked to join another session if attendance necessitates a change in seating.


    Registration


    Baccalaureate Service

    Please join us for our Interfaith Baccalaureate on Saturday, May 8th and Sunday, May 9th at 6:30PM in Trinity's Gloria Dei Worship Center. As we bless our graduates with the theme of Transformation, we will hear reflections from many different traditions on growth, maturity, and change. Services will also be livestreamed on the Center for Faith and Learning's Facebook Page.


    Graduation Requirements

    Students have until Wednesday, March 31, 2021 to complete the graduation application in myCap. After March 31, 2021 if you have not applied for graduation, you must do so in person. Please see Niki Staten-Miller in the Registrar’s Office for assistance:  nstatenmiller@capital.edu or 614-236-6150.

    Students who wish to participate in the 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 may receive their diploma covers at the Commencement ceremony. All diplomas for the class of 2021 will be mailed to the graduates. Students who have completed their degree requirements and graduated in August and December 2020 are also eligible to participate in the 171st Commencement Ceremony.

    MBA, MSN, MME, CLL, and traditional undergraduate students who will not be attending the ceremony will be mailed their diplomas from the Registrar's Office.

    Financial Obligations: All bills and fees must be paid prior to graduation. If your account is not completely cleared by graduation, neither your diploma nor transcripts will be issued. Contact the Student Accounts Office at 614-236-6213 or studentaccounts@capital.edu if you have questions.


    Caps/Gowns/Honor Cords/Barnes & Noble Bookstore

    It is recommended that graduates submit their cap and gown order as soon as possible. Barnes & Noble will notify you via email when the order has been processed.

    Purchases will be available for pick up the day of Commencement, but please be advised the gowns are very wrinkly when out of the package. Barnes and Noble Bookstore will have a clothes steamer at the bookstore to assist with any day-of wrinkles.

    Order Caps and Gowns - Undergraduate  

    Order Caps and Gowns - Adult and Graduate  

    ORDERS WITH SHIPPING

    TOTAL INCLUDING  TAX

    Bachelor Bundle + Shipping

    $61.00

    Masters Bundle + Shipping

    $120.00

    Masters Hood Only + Shipping

    $57.00

    Cap & Tassel Only + Shipping

    $31.00

    Cap Only + Shipping

    $19.00

    Tassel Only + Shipping

    $19.00

    Bachelor Gown Only + Shipping

    $49.00

    IN-STORE PICKUP ORDERS

    TOTAL INCLUDING TAX

    Bachelor Bundle

    $54.00

    Masters Bundle

    $113.00

    Cap & Tassel Only

    $24.00

    Cap Only

    $12.00

    Masters Hood Only

    $50.00

    Tassel Only

    $12.00

    Bachelor Gown Only

    $42.00

    Barnes & Noble Bookstore Hours of Operation

    Monday, May 3, through Friday, May 7
    8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    1st Floor, Harry C. Moores Student Union

    Saturday, May 8, and Sunday, May 9
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    1st Floor, Harry C. Moores Student Union

    Honor Cords
    Honor cords will be distributed within the honor society to which the graduate belongs. Please contact your honor society for more information.


    Tickets and Distribution

    Commencement Tickets and Distribution – Each graduate will receive one (1) ticket for entrance plus two (2) tickets for their guests. Additional tickets are not available and all sessions will be live-streamed from the Capital website. Graduate’s tickets are not transferable to other graduates and cannot be used for other sessions; however, guest tickets are transferable and may be given to other graduates for their guests during the specific session. Seating assignments will stay the same and chairs cannot be moved to accommodate more than two (2) guests per section. Tickets must be provided at the entrance by all who enter (including graduates). No one is allowed into the Field House without a ticket.

    Distribution – Tickets for traditional undergraduate students will be available in the Office of Student and Community Engagement, 1st floor, Harry C. Moores Student Union, the week of May 3. Tickets for adult and graduate-level students will be available in the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1st floor, Harry C. Moores Student Union, the week of May 3.

    Ticket will call will be available on Saturday, May 8, 2021 and Sunday, May 9, 2021 at the Mound Street Plaza, in front of Yochum Hall.


    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 consists of twisted cords with tassels on either end. Its 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 and adorned with the awarding society’s colors and/or insignia. Only one graduation stole may be worn.


    Parking

    All parking lots will be available for public parking during the Commencement ceremonies. Please adhere to mobility-impaired parking restrictions, do not park in unmarked spaces, and do not block intersections or pathways. Parking on Pleasant Ridge and E. Mound Street will be prohibited.

  • Directions
    • From Port Columbus International Airport
      1. Capital is within a short flight of many major U.S. cities. Chicago, Atlanta, Nashville, Washington, D.C., and New York City are all within 90 minutes of Columbus, Ohio. The campus is approximately a 15-minute drive from Port Columbus.
      2. At the end of the airport's main drive, turn left (south) onto Stelzer Road.
      3. Follow Stelzer (which will change names and become James Road) approximately 2.5 miles to Main Street.
      4. Turn right on Main Street.
      5. Travel approximately 1 mile to Pleasant Ridge Avenue.
      6. Turn left on Pleasant Ridge Avenue. 
    • From the Northwest
      1. Travel south on I-75 to Route 23.
      2. Follow Route 23 into Columbus and take I-270 east to I-71 South
      3. Travel south on I-71 to the Broad Street exit.
      4. Turn east (driving away from downtown) onto Broad Street and drive 2.5 miles to Drexel Avenue in Bexley.
      5. Turn right onto Drexel Avenue and continue south until Drexel ends in front of the campus at Main Street.
      6. Turn left (east) onto Main Street.
      7. At the next light, Pleasant Ridge Avenue, turn right (south).
    • From the East
      1. Travel west on I-70 to the Livingston Avenue exit.
      2. Turn left (west) on Livingston Avenue.
      3. Turn right (north) at the first traffic light onto Alum Creek Drive.
      4. When Alum Creek dead ends in front of the Kroger store, turn right (east) on Main Street.
      5. At the fourth traffic light, turn right (south) on Pleasant Ridge Avenue.
    • From the West
      1. Travel east on I-70 to the Bexley/Main Street exit.
      2. Exit at Bexley/Main Street. The exit ramp automatically turns onto Alum Creek Drive, which will dead end at Main Street (in front of the Kroger store).
      3. Turn right (east) on Main Street.
      4. At the fourth traffic light, turn right (south) on Pleasant Ridge Avenue.
    • From the North or South
      1. Travel I-71 to the Broad Street exit.
      2. Turn east (driving away from downtown) onto Broad Street and drive 2.5 miles to Drexel Avenue in Bexley.
      3. Turn right onto Drexel Avenue and continue south until Drexel ends in front of the campus at Main Street.
      4. Turn left (east) onto Main Street.
      5. At the next light, Pleasant Ridge Avenue, turn right (south).
  • Special Needs/Mobility Impaired

    All access into The Capital Center will be wheelchair and mobility-impaired accessible. Entrance for all visitors will be at the Pleasant Ridge Avenue doors. HCAP parking will be available at the S-1 entrance off of E. Mound Street.

    An ASL interpreter will be available for all ceremonies.

    Contact Us

    Should you have any questions or for more information, please contact the Meeting and Event Services Department at events@capital.edu or 614-236-6200.


    Commencement Volunteers Needed

    Meeting and Event Services needs your assistance in making Capital University’s 170th and 171st Commencement ceremonies a memorable event for the graduates and their families. We are looking for volunteers to fill a variety of positions including ushering guests, taking tickets, and more.

    Sign Up To Volunteer


    Grad Week Events

    Tuesday, 5/4 from 5-8 PM in Schneider: Graduation Cap Decorating 
    Students are able to gather to decorate their caps or grab supplies to decorate them on their own!

    Wednesday, 5/5 5-8:00 PM on Schaaf Lawn: Grad Fest
    Come by and celebrate the class of 2021 with lawn games, custom sticker making, palm reading, a mechanical bull, tarot card reading and more!

    Thursday, 5/6 from 2-5 PM at the Alumni House: Campus Scavenger Hunt
    Navigate famous campus locations while reminiscing on some of your favorite memories! Participating in the scavenger hunt enters you for a chance to win an engraved brick! Stop by the Alumni House for a complimentary dessert from a food truck!

    Friday, 5/7 Picnic with the President!
    Please join us from 3:00pm-5:00pm outside on the SA Quad for a meal with Interim President Dave Kauffman. Please rsvp to rsvp@capital.edu *In case of inclement weather the event will move inside the Harry C. Moores Student Union’s 2nd floor Main Dining Room

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