Miami University Commencement

University Commencement Ceremony

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The Spring 2015 university commencement will be Saturday, May 16, 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 during commencement weekend. Yager Stadium parking is available at the Millett Assembly Hall, Ditmer, Cook Field, Leonard Howell, and Fryman 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 is available on a first-come, first-served basis by contacting the Miami Athletic Ticket Office at 513-529-4295.

City of Oxford

City of Oxford parking regulations are in effect at all times. 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 direct guests to their seats. 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).

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.

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 16, 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.