Ceremony Details

This event is open to the public and tickets are not requiredDoors to Millett will open at 1 p.m. on the day of the ceremony. The ceremony will begin promptly at 3 p.m. and last ninety minutes to two hours. (There will be no rehearsal.)

President Greg Crawford 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 individually recognized by division; and ROTC candidates will be commissioned. All prohibited items will be confiscated if found on any person preparing to enter Millett Hall. Please review the prohibited items list prior to the ceremony.


All university parking lots and parking garages will be open to the public. Accessible parking is available at Millett in the Northwest and West parking lots with state-issued disability placard.


All seating is on a first-come basis and seating is not to be held for large groups.


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.

Guests will not be permitted on the main arena floor for photographic purposes, as such activity can be very distracting for others. You will receive a separate mailing from GradImages (800-261-2576) that offers several photo purchase options.


Graduation candidates must arrive with academic attire in hand, no later than 2:15 p.m. Upon arrival, candidates should look for signs directing them to assigned areas for seating according to their group/division.


Marshals will direct candidates up onto the stage for the conferring of degrees in the following order:

  • Undergraduate by division: College of Engineering and Computing; College of Creative Arts; Farmer School of Business; College of Education, Health and Society; College of Arts and Science; College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science
  • Specialist and Master's
  • Doctoral (Doctoral candidates receive their diploma covers on stage and are invested with their hoods by their major professors)

Following the conferral of the graduate degrees, the ROTC candidates will be commissioned.

Before leaving Millett Hall, 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.

Miami campuses are tobacco-free environments. Tobacco use is prohibited in all Miami University-owned facilities and property.