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Commencement Letter


Kent State University at Geauga invites all its summer degree candidates to participate in the August 2013 graduation ceremonies. Associate and Baccalaureate Degree students can choose to participate in the Geauga ceremony held on the Friday night of Summer 3 finals. Baccalaureate students may also choose to attend the Kent Campus ceremony instead.

In order for your Commencement Ceremony to be of the highest quality, we ask that you read this important information listed below. 

Date                            August 9th, 2013

Place                           Kent State Geauga Campus, 14111 Claridon -Troy Road, Burton OH, 44021

Name                          Your name will appear on your diploma as listed on your FLASHLINE account. If it is incorrect, please notify Registrar's Office at (330) 672-3131

Address                      Your diploma will be sent to the permanent address listed on your FLASHLINE web portal account approximately six to eight weeks after the ceremony. If you want to change your mailing address, please do so by updating your FLASHLINE account.

Graduation Status

Associate Degree candidates having questions about their graduation status should please contact the Geauga Campus Registrar, Mr. Tom Hoiles, at (440) 834-3734.  Baccalaureate Degree candidates should contact the Kent Campus College where their program of study (major) is offered: e.g. Psychology is a major offered by the College of Arts & Sciences.

University Exit Loan Counseling

Students with Perkins Loans please see the University Bursar website for loan exit counseling information.  Students with Direct Loans should visit to complete their exit counseling.

Caps and Gowns

Regalia may be purchased through the Follett University Bookstore at the Kent Campus.  Associate and Bachelor degree regalia will cost $45.00.  For additional information and hours of bookstore operation, please call, Kent Campus University Bookstore, (330) 672-2762.

Honor Cords

Honor cords are worn by students graduating with a Bachelors Degree.  The Kent Campus will send the cords to the Geauga Campus for students who participate at the Geauga Campus ceremony if the Kent Campus is notified by the student ahead of time.

3.30 cum laude cords
3.60 magna cum cords
3.80 summa cum and gold cords

Distinction Lapel ribbons, for those graduating with an Associate Degree, are distributed the night of rehearsal.

3.50 With distinction        


August 8th (Thursday) at 6 pm at the Burton location

Graduation Day at Geauga

You should arrive no later than 5:30 PM on August 9th, 2013. The "green room" is in Classroom 105 (Nursing classroom). The Processional (formal start of the event) begins at 6:30 pm sharp.

RSVP & Audience Tickets

A RSVP survey will be emailed to graduation candidates in mid-June.  Please remember to have your Student ID available before completing the Commencement RSVP.

The information requested will help the Geauga Campus Commencement Committee plan for the ceremony. A ticket system will be used for this summer's ceremony. Each graduation candidate will receive four tickets for family and friends at commencement rehearsal.  

The possibility of additional guest tickets is not guaranteed.   Please contact Dave Chappell at (440) 834-3730 for ticket related questions or alternative ticket pick-up arrangements.

What to wear

Men usually wear dark slacks or suits or jackets with ties, dark shoes, and socks. Women often wear dark-colored attire and dark comfortable heels.

Graduation Reception

A brief graduation reception will follow the Commencement Ceremonies. Family and friends are invited.  The general reception will be held in our Student Lounge and patio area. The Center Lounge will also be used if the weather is rainy and/or cold.


Photographs will be taken after the ceremony on the stage with Dean Mohan. Please return to the stage after the recessional. You will receive a free photograph and have the opportunity to buy more copies from New Directions Photography.


Diplomas will be mailed from the Office of University Registrar to your permanent address approximately six to eight weeks following the ceremony. Please use the FLASLINE web portal to update your permanent address. Questions should be directed to the University Registrar's Office (330) 672-3131.

Let us know!

Have QUESTIONS?   Please contact Dave Chappell at (440) 834-3730 or


Commencement Summer 2013 Feedback Form

The Commencement Committee desires your feedback.  Please print and fill out this short form, then return it to the address provided at the bottom of the page:

Full Name: _____________________________________________________________________

Student ID Number: _____________ Email Address: _______________________________________


Commencement Ceremony questions or comments:

Please return this form to:

David Chappell
Commencement Committee
Kent State Geauga
14111 Claridon-Troy Road
Burton, OH 44021

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