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'13 Commencement



Undergraduate commencement information and schedule of events

Ohio Northern University will celebrate its 2013 undergraduate commencement ceremony in the ONU Sports Center on Sunday, May 12, 2013, at 2 p.m.

The Ohio Northern University community — students, faculty, staff, and trustees — extends congratulations and best wishes to the 2013 graduates. We hope the commencement activities and ceremonies will be a prominent part of the celebration of your accomplishments in this very important part of your life. We want to do all that we can to make the commencement weekend an enjoyable and memorable one for you. We welcome to the campus the families and friends who will share this significant occasion with you.

Schedule of Events


  • 1-3 p.m. Commencement Rehearsal  for graduating students and others who will participate in commencement. Class picture following rehearsal. Sports Center
  • 5:30 p.m. Graduation Dinner for graduating students, their families, and friends. Advance reservations and tickets required. Dining Room
  • 7:30 p.m. Worship Service for graduating students, their families and friends. English Chapel


  • 7:30-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast McIntosh Center Dining Room
  • 8-9:15 a.m. Honors Program Breakfast McIntosh Center Ballroom
  • 10-11 a.m. College of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony Sports Center, Field House
  • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Commencement Buffet. Tickets are required for graduating students, their families, and friends and may be purchased at the door. Dining Room, Mclntosh Center
  • 12:30 p.m. Sports Center Open. Guests should arrive by 1 p.m. and be seated by 1:30 p.m. Ticket required. Sports Center
  • 1 p.m.  Processional Assembly. Graduating students and faculty assemble. Gymnasium, Sports Center
  • 1:30 p.m. Musical Prelude. Field House, Sports Center
  • 1:35 p.m. Academic Processional. Field House, Sports Center
  • 2-4 p.m. Commencement. Field House, Sports Center
  • 4 p.m. Recessional. Field House, Sports Center

Receptions After Graduation

Receptions for graduates and their guests will begin in each college about fifteen minutes after the Commencement Recessional. Locations of the receptions are:

  • Arts and Sciences Middle Gym, King-Horn
  • Business Administration Dicke Hall
  • Engineering Biggs Engineering Building
  • Pharmacy Robertson-Evans Pharmacy Building


Robert Manning, Mars Exploration Program chief engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., will be the guest speaker at ONU’s undergraduate commencement ceremony. Since 2004, Manning has been responsible for ensuring the success of current and future missions to Mars. In early 2008, he was named the chief engineer for the Mars Science Laboratory mission that successfully landed the rover Curiosity on the Martian surface in August 2012. Prior to these roles, Manning led the spacecraft systems engineering team for the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) project, which landed the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity on the surface of Mars in early 2004.

Senior electrical engineering major Courtney Hetrick will be the student speaker.

Honorary Degrees

Along with Manning, ONU will award honorary degrees at the ceremony to Oscar J. and Judith D. (Jacobs) Mifsud. Together, the Mifsuds established the Mifsud Family Foundation, which provides a focus on health, education and welfare of children and families. The two also established the Oscar J. and Judith D. Mifsud Endowment at Ohio Northern University, ONU’s Pay It Forward program, and the Ohio Northern Senior Send Off program.

Request to Guests

Commencement is a ceremonial occasion to honor graduates for their accomplishments. Guests are requested to refrain from any action that will detract from the dignity and pleasure of the occasion for all who attend.

Guests should be at the convocation center by 1 p.m. and in their seats by 1:30 p.m. They are requested to remain in their seats throughout the ceremony except when photographs are taken of a graduating student. Those with impairments or those who may not be able to remain in their seats throughout the ceremony should contact an usher for special seating upon entering the Field House.


As the student receives his or her diploma, a photograph will be taken by a professional photographer and mailed to the graduate by the University. For those wishing to do so, there will be a reserved and marked area to the left of the stage to take photographs during the ceremony. Photographers are requested to use this area only, to come to the area about 20 names before the graduating student they wish to photograph, and to return to their seats immediately after the photograph is taken. Photographs may be taken on the platform following the convocation for those wishing to do so.


  • The Inn at Ohio Northern University
    Overnight accommodations for guests of graduating students are available at The Inn at Ohio Northern University. The Inn 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.
  • On Campus
    Housing for guests of graduating students will be provided on campus in University residence halls. Some students will remain in the residence halls through commencement. Accommodations will be available beginning at noon, Friday, May 10. Room costs will be $30 per person each night.

    On-campus housing is being offered as a convenience to families and to provide accommodations at a lower cost than is commercially available in most cases. The rooms will have been recently vacated by students. They 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 writing to the Director of Residence Life or calling 419-772-2430 or 419-772-2431.

McIntosh Center Hours

  • Desk
    Friday, May 10    8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Saturday, May 11    8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    Sunday, May 12   7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Bookstore
    Friday, May 10    9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Saturday, May 11    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Sunday, May 12    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meals on Campus

  • Northern on Main (Main Street adjacent to campus)
    Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • McIntosh Center Dining Room
    Graduation Dinner 5:30 p.m.
    Adult $17
    Child, 10 & under $8

    Continental Breakfast $7 7:30-9 a.m.
    Child, 10 & under $3.50
    Brunch Buffet 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Adult $15
    Child, 10 & under $7.50 (Children 3 & under free)

The dining room will be open Friday for regular meal hours. Graduating students may take their meals at the dining room without charge, as guests of the University, during commencement weekend. Students with meal contracts may use their l.D. cards. Students without meal contracts may sign in the Dining Room for their meals.

Reservations for the Graduation Banquet should be made in advance. Tickets are required and should be obtained beforehand from the Commencement Office, telephone 419-772-2030.

Tickets for parents and others for the Brunch Buffet will be on sale at the door of the Dining Room beginning at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 12.
All prices include Ohio Sales Tax.

Accommodations for Those With Special Needs

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.

Nursing Care for Commencement

A nurse will be available on Sunday, May 12, from 12:30-4:30 p.m., in the training room of the Sports Center. Ushers are available for assistance.

Parking for Commencement

Parking will be available in lots on the north side of the Sports Center and to the north of Meyer Hall as well as in perimeter parking lots. These areas may be reached by West Lincoln Avenue. Security personnel will be available for assistance.

Courtesy vans will provide transportation from McIntosh Center and perimeter parking lots to the Sports Center beginning at noon on Sunday, May 12.

Babysitting for Commencement

Babysitting and nursery services for pre-school children of guests will be provided from 12:30-4:30 p.m., May 12, in the Sports Center.

Inclement Weather Schedule

In case of inclement weather, all activities will take place as scheduled.