Undergraduate Commencement | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


  • Undergrad Commencement

    Undergraduate Commencement

  • Capital University’s 172nd Commencement Ceremony for undergraduate students will take place in two sessions on Saturday, May 7, 2022 in the Capital Center Field House.

    At 12:00pm and then again at 3:00pm, we will celebrate our undergraduate students with a ceremony that will last approximately 1.5 hours. Each session will end with time for a gate ceremony celebration on the front lawn. A live broadcast will be available at www.capital.edu/live beginning at 11:30am and continuing through both ceremonies.

    Due to socially-distanced seating, each graduate will receive 4 seats for their guests. Additional seats are not available but all sessions will be live-streamed at www.capital.edu/live.

    General admission seating will be available for your guests, seated in sections of four (4) chairs. Infants and toddlers who are able to sit on the lap of an adult are allowed to enter and will not be counted in the allotted 4 seats. Chairs and sections cannot be added, rearranged or moved. Tickets are not transferable between sessions.

    During the ceremony, graduates will be seated with their friends or classmates. We will provide graduates with their name card that will be given to the Orator(s) before they walk across the stage to receive a diploma cover. Doors for graduate line-up will now be EARLIER than originally communicated: Performance Arena doors will open at 11:00am for the 12:00pm session and then again at 2:00pm for the 3:00pm session.

    Virtual attendance – Students who wish to attend as a virtual participant will have the opportunity at the 3:00pm session. Please email events@capital.edu with your request and further instruction will be provided.


    Please register through one of the session links below. Registration will end on Friday, April 29 (end of business day) or once a session is full.

    Undergrad 12pm commencement session - This session is now full and closed.

    Undergrad 3pm commencement session

    Your session time is not transferable to another session. Tickets are not transferable between-sessions. No guests may enter the Capital Center without a confirmed reservation.


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

    Capital University is looking forward to celebrating our graduating students and to making sure that we do it safely and responsibly. This year’s graduation ceremonies are occurring during an upward trend in COVID cases in Franklin County. Because of this, we invite everyone to evaluate their own personal risks when considering attending the ceremony. Masks are not required at the ceremonies, but seating will be socially distanced. Public health agencies recommend that individuals who may be at higher risk for severe outcomes of COVID-19 (e.g., immunocompromised or unvaccinated) continue to mask when in public. Capital is a mask-friendly university and masks will be available for anyone who needs one. 


    Graduates will enter into the Capital Center through the Performance Arena doors located on Pleasant Ridge Avenue.

    Guests will enter into the Capital Center through the Field House doors located on Pleasant Ridge Avenue. Doors for guests will open at 11:30am and 2:30pm.


    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.


    All undergraduate students who are registered to walk on Saturday May 7th are strongly encouraged to attend a one hour dress rehearsal on Friday, May 6th. Please enter into the Capital Center through the Pleasant Ridge Avenue Performance Arena doors. Check-in will be available. We will review line-up, seating, procession, and recession. Please be prompt.

    • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
      12:00pm Saturday session graduates
    • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
      3:00pm Saturday session graduates


    • Wednesday, April 27 – Multifaith Baccalaureate Service and Lunch - The Center for Faith and Learning will host a multifaith Baccalaureate service in the Gloria Dei Chapel, Trinity Lutheran Seminary at 10:00am to celebrate graduates from our entire community. Afterward, from 11:00am until 12:30PM, free brunch will be served in Koinonia (lower level banquet room) to celebrate the end of the semester.
    • Monday 5/2 – Capital University’s Graduate Program Hooding and Commencement Ceremony, 6:30pm Mees Hall, with reception to follow
    • Tuesday 5/3 – Cap Decorating, 12:00pm, Student Union Lobby
      Senior Soiree – 6:00pm, Mees Hall, with reception to follow
    • Wednesday 5/4 – Campus Scavenger Hunt, 11:00am-2:00pm, Alumni House
      Grad Fest, 5:00pm-8:00pm, Schaaf Lawn
    • Thursday 5/5 – Senior Spaghetti Dinner, 5:00pm, Main Dining Room, RSVP at https://www.capconnect.org/senior-spaghetti
    • Friday 5/6 – Presidential Graduate Brunch – 10:30am-12:30pm, Harry C. Moores Student Union 1st floor, rsvp to presidentsoffice@capital.edu
      ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, 5:00pm Mees Hall
      Distinguished Senior Leaders Reception and Dinner 6:00pm – by invitation only
    • Saturday 5/7 – Nursing Pinning Ceremony, 9:00am, Capital Center

    Graduation Requirements

    Students have until Friday, January 21, 2022 to complete the graduation application in myCap. After January 21, 2022 if you have not applied for graduation, you will need to contact Nichole Hayes in the Registrar’s Office for assistance. Graduation@capital.edu or 614-236-6966.

    Undergraduate students who have applied to graduate and plan 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 will receive their diploma covers at the Commencement ceremony. All diplomas for the class of 2022 will be mailed to the graduates. Students who have graduated in December of 2021 or applied to graduate in August of 2022 are also eligible to participate.

    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.As in the past, Trinity Lutheran Seminary and the Law School will hold their own commencement ceremonies later in May. 

    Caps/Gowns/Honor Cords/Barnes & Noble Bookstore

    Graduation regalia is only available to order through Jostens and will not be listed on the Capital Bookstore website. Cap and Gown pre-orders are due by March 21st. After this time, ordering will not be available on the Jostens website. Please contact the Barnes and Noble Bookstore to purchase caps and gowns (614-236-6116 or see their hours below).

    For those that purchased your cap and gown through Jostens, they will be ready for pick up in the bookstore starting on Thursday, April 28th.

    Cap $10.98
    Tassel $12.98
    Trinity Tassel (no charm) $5.98
    Bachelors Gown $40.98
    Masters Gown $47.98
    Doctoral Gown $61.98
    Doctoral Tam $51.98
    Bachelor Bundle (cap, gown, tassel) $64.98
    Master Bundle (cap, gown, tassel) $72.98
    Trinity Master Bundle (cap, gown, tassel, hood) $122.98
    Trinity Master Bundle + no hood $64.98
    Doctorates Bundle (gown, tam, tassel) $196.00


    Monday, May 2, through Friday, May 6
    8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    1st Floor, Harry C. Moores Student Union

    Saturday, May 7
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    1st Floor, Harry C. Moores Student Union

    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). 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). Honor cords will be handed out at rehearsals and day of in the Performance Arena.
    • 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.

    Contact Us

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