University Commencement Ceremony
The Spring 2017 University Commencement will be held Saturday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m. in Yager Stadium, rain or shine. Gates to Yager Stadium will open at 10 a.m. and President Gregory P. Crawford will preside at the ceremony. Beginning with Spring 2017 Commencement, master degree students will now be individually recognized at the divisional ceremonies. During the ceremony, doctoral candidates will be individually recognized and hooded; master's, 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. Tickets are not required.
Families may enter through the south and west gates. All degree candidates are to report to Yager Stadium, with their robe and cap in hand, no later than 12:30 p.m. Please review the prohibited items list prior to the ceremony. Candidates and guests are subject to visual inspection upon entering the facilities and all items on the list will be confiscated.
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. For a diagram of shuttle routes and parking availability, see the shuttle and parking map (PDF or Text Alternative).
RV parking will be offered at the southeast corner of West Millett Lot, through reservations only. For reservations, contact the Miami Athletic Ticket Office at 513-529-4295. RV overflow parking will be directed to the Ditmer lot.
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.
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. to 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 is available on a first come, first served basis. Saving seats inside ceremony locations is not permitted. Groups are advised to arrive early to find seats together. All graduation ceremony locations are ADA compliant. To locate assembly areas for graduation candidates and view a seating diagram (indicating where each division will be seated on the field), see the stadium map (view PDF or Text Alternative).
Concession Services will be provided at Yager Stadium and offer a variety of sandwiches, snacks, and beverages beginning at 11 a.m. and continue through the end of the ceremony. Cash, credit card, and student meal plans will be accepted at each concessions location.
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. Miami campuses are smoke-free environments. Smoking is prohibited in all Miami University-owned facilities and property.
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.
Any lost and found items 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 One Stop at 513-529-0001 or email the Commencement Office and assistance will be available up until 4 p.m. on Friday, May 12.
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 and master degree students will be recognized at their divisional ceremonies as scheduled. The doctoral degree candidates will be held in Millett Assembly Hall on Saturday afternoon, May 13, with a specific time to be announced.
All ceremonies will remain open events and tickets will not be required.