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Graduation and Commencement Ceremony Checklist

Graduation and Commencement Ceremony Checklist     IMAGE: Checklist
Congratulations on your achievement!  

Graduation is held once a year at the Salem Campus. We welcome and encourage graduates from Summer 2013 and Fall 2013 to participate in the May 2014 commencement ceremony.

Even if you are not planning on attending your commencement ceremony, review the graduation checklist and respond about your ceremony attendance through the online RSVP system. Attendance at a commencement ceremony does not guarantee that your degree has been granted. All degree requirements must be met and verified before diplomas are printed.

  • Apply for Graduation with the online graduation application on FlashLine 
  • Confirm your personal information on FlashLine for diploma mailing and printing. 
  • If you want to walk but did not RSVP, please contact Sarah Motts, smotts@kent.edu, 330-337-4202.
  • Make arrangements for guests with special needs that will be attending by calling Lisa Curran at 330-337-4190
  • Purchase your cap, gown and tassel in the bookstore starting Monday, April 7th, 2014. Guest tickets will be issued to each graduate at the time of purchase. Guest tickets are free and limited.
  • Mandatory rehearsal is on Thursday, May 8th at Noon at the Kent State City Center building. Graduates should plan for rehearsal to last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. (Lunch will be provided at noon. Practice to begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.)
  • Review ceremony dates and times  and mark your calendar.
    Graduation will be May 9th at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the City Center located at 230 North Lincoln Ave., Salem Ohio. 
    Graduates need to arrive and report to room 201 at 5 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. Graduates will wear the traditional cap and gown and caps should be placed or pinned so that they appear flat on top of the head. Acceptable attire for under your gown should be professional dress. Jeans, shorts and sneakers should not be worn. Typically, male graduates wear dress pants, a shirt and tie, and female graduates wear skirts or dress slacks and blouses. 
  • A reception with refreshments for graduates and their family and friends will be held immediately after the ceremony from 6:30 - 7:30p.m.
  • Diplomas will be mailed to your permanent address four to six weeks after the commencement ceremony. You will not receive your actual diploma at Commencement. Please make sure your address is up to date on FlashLine. The name that will appear on your diploma is the name on your student academic record. This is the name that prints on your transcript, bill, schedule, etc.
  • Join the Alumni Association
  • Settle accounts with the Bursar's Office 
  • Complete Student Financial Aid  loan exit counseling   
  • Still have questions? Contact Sarah Motts at 330-337-4202
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