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Ohio Northern has three commencement ceremonies spread out over two weekends in May.
Each commencement ceremony is held indoors at the ONU Field House located in the ONU Sports Center (King Horn) at the northwest corner of campus.
Our Maps & Directions page can help you find your way to campus. Once you are on campus, there are plenty of signs to help you find your way. The Sports Center is located along West Lincoln Avenue.
Parking will be available in lots on the north side of the Sports Center and to the north of Meyer all as well as in perimeter parking lots. These areas may be reached by West Lincoln Avenue. Security personnel will be available for assistance. Parking for persons with special needs will be provided on the north side of the Sports Center.
Pharmacy commencement guests should be at the field house by 8:00 a.m. and in their seats by 8:30 a.m. Undergraduate commencement guests should be at the field house by 1:00 p.m. and in their seats by 1:30 p.m. Law commencement guests are also encouraged to arrive by 1 p.m. so that all can be seated by 1:30 p.m. All guests, regardless of ceremony, are requested to remain in their seats throughout the ceremony except when photographs are taken of a graduating student.
The University has arranged for each graduate to be photographed receiving the diploma. Ohio Northern sends each graduate a professional photograph to commemorate this special occasion. For the convenience of guests wishing to take their own photographs, a posted area is provided on the north side of the platform (to the audience’s left) for this purpose. In order to reduce congestion in this area, guests are requested to plan their entrance into the area approximately three to five graduates ahead of the one they wish to photograph and to return to their seats immediately after taking their photographs.
Since all commencement ceremonies are held indoors all activities will take place as scheduled.
We offer families two options for overnight accommodations on commencement weekends. The first is the Inn at Ohio Northern University, which is situated at the heart of the campus with easy access to McIntosh Center and the Sports Center. There are more than 70 deluxe guestrooms featuring one king-size or two queen-size beds. Reservations for commencement weekend can be made by calling The Inn directly at its toll-free number: 866-713-4513. The second is on-campus housing, which has the advantage of being a lower cost than is commercially available in most cases. The residence hall rooms have two single beds that are comfortable and convenient. Occupants share a common bath. Guests desiring to stay in campus housing should return a reservation form to the Commencement Office, with payment for the accommodations requested. Special arrangements for housing needs can be made by emailing the Director of Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 419-772-2430 or 419-772-2431.
After each ceremony, there are receptions for the colleges scheduled to begin approximately 15 minutes after the commencement recessional. The College of Pharmacy reception for graduates and their guests will be held in the Robertson-Evans Pharmacy Building, the reception for the College of Arts and Sciences will be held in the Middle Gym of the Sports Center, the College of Business Administration will gather for a reception in Dicke Hall, and the College of Engineering will meet in the Biggs Engineering Building. The College of Law reception for graduates and their guests will be held in the law building.
Parking for persons with special needs will be provided on the north side of the Sports Center. Special seating will be provided for those with physical impairments. Please contact an usher for assistance if needed.
Babysitting and nursery services for pre-school children of guests will be provided during the commencement ceremony in the Sports Center. These services will be available from 7:30 to 11 a.m. for pharmacy commencement, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. for undergraduate commencement and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for law commencement on May 17.
A nurse will be available in the training room of the Sports Center on Sunday, May 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Sunday, May 17 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Ushers are available for assistance.
Yes, the bookstore hours during commencement are as follows:
The help desk in McIntosh Student Center will be staffed during commencement weekends. The hours are as follows:
Pharmacy and undergraduate commencement