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University Commencement Ceremony

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The Spring 2016 university commencement will be Saturday, May 14, at 1:30 p.m. in Yager Stadium, rain or shine. Gates to Yager Stadium will open at 10 a.m. and families may enter through the south and west gates. All degree candidates are to report to Yager Stadium, in their academic attire, no later than 12:30 p.m. Tickets are not required.

President David C. Hodge will preside at the ceremony. During the ceremony, doctoral candidates will be individually recognized and hooded; master's degree candidates will be individually recognized; bachelor's and associate's degree candidates will be recognized by division; and ROTC candidates will be commissioned. The ceremony will last approximately two hours. The event is open to the public.

Parking

Campus

All university parking lots and parking garages will be open to the public at no charge during commencement weekend, including Millett Assembly Hall, Ditmer, and Cook Field lots. On both Saturday and Sunday, we strongly recommend that you use our BCRTA shuttle service from the Ditmer and Cook Field lots to avoid traffic congestion. RV parking is currently sold out. Parking and shuttle maps will be made available at a later date.

Accessible parking will be available near Yager Stadium for the University-wide ceremony on Saturday afternoon and the divisional ceremony sites on Saturday evening and on Sunday with your state-issued disability placard only. "Drop-off" areas will also be available. Ushers will be on-site with golf carts to assist guests from their cars to the entrance of the venues.

City of Oxford

Please be mindful that the City of Oxford parking regulations will be enforced at all times throughout the weekend. This includes parking meters on South Campus Avenue and the Uptown district (High Street, Uptown Parking Garage, and side streets), which must be paid Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Overnight parking at the metered spaces on the streets is prohibited between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. For a complete list of City of Oxford parking regulations, see Parking and Transportation in Oxford.

Seating

Ushers will be available to assist guests to their seats. All commencement venues will have a limited number of wheelchairs to aid with mobility issues. Any guest that requires a wheelchair during the ceremony will be seated on the ground level of the venue and are permitted to have one companion accompany them. Accommodations for those who are Deaf/HoH are provided at all ceremonies in the form of American Sign Language interpreters and captioning. If assistance is needed during the ceremony, please locate the closest usher or staff member. If you have further questions regarding disability accommodations, contact Student Disability Services at 513-529-1541. A map indicating assembly areas for graduation candidates and a seating diagram for family and friends will be available here at a later date.

Concessions

For the convenience of the Graduates and Commencement attendees, Concession Services will offer a variety of sandwiches, snacks, and beverages beginning at 10 a.m. and continue through the end of the ceremony. Cash, credit card, and student meal plans will be accepted at each concessions location.

Protocol

Commencement ceremonies are a special event for all involved. We ask that you show respect for everyone who shares in the experience by creating an occasion that will appropriately highlight your achievements. The university ceremony is a dignified program governed by academic tradition, overall good manners, and state and local laws. Therefore, possession of alcoholic beverages or materials that may disrupt the ceremony is prohibited.

General Information

The Miami University Police will be on duty at Yager Stadium to assist with any emergencies. There will be EMTs on-site as well.

Traffic in the Oxford area will be extremely congested on commencement weekend. Please heed the directional signs that will be posted to aid traffic flow to Yager Stadium and Saturday's venues.

Before leaving Yager Stadium, please be sure that you have all personal belongings. Any items left behind will be taken to the University Police. You may also call 513-529-8135 regarding lost property.

If you need any additional information about commencement, please contact OneStop for Student Success Services at 513-529-0001 or email commencement@MiamiOH.edu and assistance will be available up until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 13th.

Inclement Weather

In the event of rain, the Yager Stadium commencement ceremony will still occur. Candidates and their guests are advised to dress appropriately. In the event of severe weather, such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, or a torrential downpour, the university ceremony may be shortened and/or canceled. Any decision to cancel the ceremony will be announced on Cincinnati Public Radio (88.5 and 91.7 FM) and on this website.

If the ceremony is canceled, the undergraduates will be recognized at their divisional ceremonies as scheduled. The Graduate School ceremony for master's and doctoral degree candidates will be held in Millett Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon, May 14, with a specific time to be announced.

All ceremonies will remain open events and tickets will not be required.

Please note: Miami campuses are smoke-free environments. Smoking is prohibited in all Miami University-owned facilities and property. A designated smoking area is provided for guests at Simpson-Shade Guest House and Climer Guest Lodge.