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Commencement 2016

Commencement is a celebratory time on campus for graduates and their families and friends. Below are the dates and times for the 2016 Commencement Ceremonies. Additional and complete information for the weekends will be provided by mid-January 2016. In the meantime, please  ‘Ask us a Question About Commencement’

  • ONU’s 2016 Pharmacy Commencement will be held on ONU’s campus on Sunday, May 8, at 9 a.m. in the King Horn Sports Center
  • The 2016 Undergraduate and MPPA Commencement Ceremony will be held on ONU’s campus on Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m. in the King Horn Sports Center
  • ONU’s 2016 Law Commencement will be held on ONU’s campus on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. in the King Horn Sports Center.
  • A Baccalaureate Service will be held at the chapel on campus during Pharmacy and Undergraduate Commencement Weekends at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.
  • A President’s Commencement Dinner for graduates and their families will be held in McIntosh Center on Saturday, May 7, at 6 p.m.
  • Rehearsal for the Pharmacy and Undergraduate Commencement will be held Saturday afternoon. Times will be posted by Jan. 15.


Rooms at The Inn at Ohio Northern University for these weekends may be reserved by calling 419-772-2500 (866-713-4513) or by visiting the website.

In addition to the Inn at Ohio Northern University, rooms will be provided for guests in the residence halls on campus. Additional information regarding these rooms will be available in mid-January.


If you are a student who plans to participate in the Commencement Ceremony on May 8, you must:

  1. Have already applied for graduation and then complete your requirements for graduation at the end of the Summer 2015 or Fall Semester 2015 and you did not participate in the Commencement Ceremony in May 2015. Please look for a letter containing diploma and commencement information about a month before the end of the term you are graduating.    
  2. Apply for Spring (May 2016) graduation and be approved by your dean’s office. If you have not already applied you can do so by completing this form. Applications are due two semesters in advance of your completion.
  3. Be approved to “participate” in Spring 2016 commencement before all degree requirements have been met. Applications to “participate” in Spring 2016 Commencement before meeting degree requirements are due to your dean’s office by March 1. Complete the application here.
  4. Find full policy information here.
  5. You must also have an approved graduation application completed for the term you plan to graduate.

If you are no longer using your Unit Box, please contact the ONU mailroom so that they can officially close the box.  Please make sure that you have an accurate address on file so that you will receive information regarding your graduation and the Commencement ceremony. If you have any questions, please email or call Debbie Roehrle at 419-772-2029.


Caps and gowns can be ordered directly from the ONU Bookstore or via Herff Jones’ website, beginning March 1. Cap and gown orders may also be emailed directly to Josh Szippl. Emails must include the graduates name, height, weight, degree and a phone number. Orders must be placed by March 23, and will be available for pick up the week of April 25, at the ONU Bookstore.