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IMAGE: Graduate Instructions

Commencement Contact:
Office of Student Services

Graduate Information

2015 Spring Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 10, 2015
3 p.m.
Umstattd Performing Arts Hall
2323 17th St. NW
Canton, Ohio 44708

Umstattd Performing Arts Hall is home to the Canton Symphony Orchestra and located on the campus of McKinley Senior High School.

Deadline: Monday, April 27 at 5 p.m.

Stark Commencement Reservations

May Graduates: Important Details

Spring 2015 Commencement Fair - Campus Center Lobby
All your graduation needs in one convenient location!

  • Tuesday, March 17: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Representatives from the following areas will be available:
  • Bookstore - purchase your Cap & Gown
  • Student Services - pick up your Commencement tickets
    (up to 6 per graduate)
  • Advising Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Career Services
  • Jostens

When to Arrive at Commencement

  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Report to the assembly area; staff will be there to direct you
  • Leave your personal belongings with family members
  • Have your photo taken with Kent State Stark's Dean

There will not be a traditional graduation practice prior to Commencement. Graduates will be given detailed instructions when they arrive.

Graduates will wear the traditional cap and gown. 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. 

  • Women should wear dresses, skirts or dress pants and mid-heeled dress shoes
  • Men should wear dress pants and dress shoes

Ticket Information
Tickets are required for admission to the ceremony. Each graduate will be issued up to six (6) tickets. Tickets will be available for pick-up at the Commencement Fair in the Campus Center on March 17 & 18.

Beginning March 19, tickets will be available for pick-up in the Office of Student Services until Friday, May 1 at 5 p.m. Any tickets not claimed by April 27 will be made available to graduates who need additional tickets. If tickets are available, you may pick up four (4) additional tickets beginning Tuesday, April 28 in the Office of Student Services.

Caps & Gowns
Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the Commencement Fair on March 17 & 18, then available to purchase in the Bookstore. Cost for the undergraduate cap, gown and tassel is $32 + tax. Master's degree regalia must be special ordered by March 18. Contact the Bookstore at 330-244-3202 for more information.

Announcements & Class Rings
A representative from Jostens will be at the Commencement Fair on March 17 & 18. Announcements and class rings must be special ordered through Jostens.

Diplomas are mailed to your permanent address 4-6 weeks after the commencement ceremony. You will not receive your actual diploma at Commencement. Please make sure your address is up to date in 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, invoice, schedule, etc.

Diploma frames can be purchased through the Bookstore.

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