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Commencement is a celebratory time on campus for graduates and their families and friends. Below are the dates and times for the 2018 Commencement Ceremonies. If you don't see the answer to your question, please  ‘Ask us a Question About Commencement’

  • ONU’s 2018 Pharmacy Commencement will be held on ONU’s campus on Sunday, May 13, at 9 a.m. in the King Horn Sports Center
  • The 2018 Undergraduate and MSA Commencement Ceremony will be held on ONU’s campus on Sunday, May 13, at 2 p.m. in the King Horn Sports Center
  • ONU’s 2018 Law Commencement will be held on ONU’s campus on Sunday, May 20, 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 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.
  • A President’s Commencement Dinner for graduates and their families will be held in McIntosh Center on Saturday, May 12, at 6 p.m.
  • Rehearsals for the Commencement ceremonies will be held the Saturday before the scheduled date. The Pharmacy Commencement rehearsal will be Saturday, May 12, at 2:30 p.m. The Undergraduate Commencement rehearsal will be Saturday, May 12, at 1 p.m. The Law Commencement rehearsal will be Saturday, May 19, at 1 p.m.
  • The class photo is scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 2:15 p.m.

While not a Commencement weekend activity, the Farewell Toast from 4 to 6 p.m. is an important step towards graduation. It is a time to celebrate your accomplishments and your next adventure! Enjoy food, gifts, information, cap and gown pick up, plus a champagne toast with President Dan and Chris at 5 p.m.!



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

  1. Have already applied for graduation and then complete your requirements for graduation at the end of the Summer 2017 or Fall Semester 2017 and you did not participate in the Commencement Ceremony in May 2017. 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 2018) graduation and be approved by your dean’s office. If you have not already applied you can do so by completing the form found on this page. Applications are due two semesters in advance of your completion.
  3. Be approved to “participate” in Spring 2018 commencement before all degree requirements have been met. Applications to “participate” in Spring 2018 Commencement before meeting degree requirements are due to your dean’s office by March 1. Complete the application found on this page.
  4. Find full policy information here .
  5. You must also have an approved graduation application completed for the term you plan to graduate. You can find graduation application form on this page.

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 the Registrar's Office at 419-772-2024.


Caps and gowns can be ordered directly from the ONU Bookstore or via Herff Jones’ website . Cap and gown orders are being taken NOW by sending an email directly to Josh Szippl . Emails must include the graduates name, height, weight, degree and a phone number. Orders must be placed by Feb 27, and will be available for pick up the week of April 27, at the ONU Bookstore.

Herff Jones will be on campus on the following dates:

  • Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (all graduation products – caps and gowns, and  class rings)
  • Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.