Miami University 184th Spring Commencement
Miami University will host its 184th Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. on the Oxford campus in Yager Stadium, rain or shine. Students should arrive no later than 9:45 am with their cap and gown. President Gregory P. Crawford will preside over the ceremony and alumna Nicole Fleetwood (Miami '94) will be the commencement speaker.
The ceremony will last approximately 90-120 min. Current planning includes open seating and no 'number of guests' restriction. Tickets are not required for any ceremony during the weekend.
PhD graduates will be recognized individually at this ceremony. All other graduates are recognized as a group by their dean.
Divisional recognition ceremonies will be held on Saturday afternoon and Sunday, May 14. Individual names are called as each graduate walks across the stage.
Please check back frequently, as further details will be posted as they become available. All information is subject to change.
Schedule of Divisional Ceremonies and Recognition Programs
Each ceremony will be in person and live-streamed on YouTube. You can share these links with friends and family that want to tune in.
Saturday, May 13, 2023
- 4 p.m. | College of Engineering and Computing, Goggin Ice Center
- 4 p.m. | College of Arts and Science, Millett Assembly Hall
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Academic Attire and Honors
Graduates are required to wear academic attire to their graduation ceremony. Caps, gowns, tassels and other graduation items can be purchased in-person and online at the Brick & Ivy Campus Store. Please allow 3-5 Business Days for your order to be processed and note that all purchases are final sale; there are no exchanges or returns.
Visit the Brick & Ivy Campus Store to order or pick up items during regular store hours, Monday through Saturday.
Grad Fest 2024
University and Latin Honors
Students whose academic record the semester prior to their last semester qualifies them for University Honors and/or Latin Honors may wear these awards as part of their graduation regalia.
Students qualifying for Latin Honors will be notified by email and may wear a red and white Latin Honor cord; students completing the Honors College requirements may wear their Honors Medallion, and students graduating from the Honors College with University Honors with Distinction may wear the gold Distinction cord.
Diplomas and Ceremony Attendance
Each degree candidate will receive an email from the Registrar's Office requesting they complete the Diploma Address/Ceremony Attendance Form. Completion of this form ensures the diploma(s) is mailed to the correct address after graduation. To change a diploma mailing address after May 18, 2024, the graduate will need to email commencement@MiamiOH.edu
This form also asks degree candidates to select "I WILL" or "I WILL NOT" attend - to indicate their expected ceremony attendance for both the university and divisional ceremonies. This greatly assists the university in planning for a commencement.
Even if not planning to attend commencement, this form must be completed.
Miami University now offers Certified Electronic Diplomas (CeDiploma), and the link will be sent to students around the same time the paper diploma is mailed.
Miami University Parking and Transportation Services encourage commencement attendees to utilize Park & Ride locations throughout campus. Lots around Yager Stadium will fill up quickly, and using Park & Ride will allow for quicker egress from Oxford. Disability parking will be available at the West and East Millett lot.
Parking for this ceremony will be in the West Millett parking lot as well as other lots nearby. Traffic and parking will be controlled by MUPD and partnering departments. If the weather is nice, many guests walk to the ceremony to avoid traffic and congestion.
The main commencement ceremony at Yager stadium will have a marked disability parking area for those with ADA placards. For the Yager Stadium ceremony, accessible shuttle buses will be in operation from each of the parking lots designated for event parking to assist guests to and from the designated drop-off areas at the northwest entrance of Yager Stadium. Please observe the directional signs - guests will be directed to parking locations based upon availability.
There is accessible parking at all commencement locations. Upon arrival, guests with accessibility needs are encouraged to connect with an usher who can take them to the various accessible seating areas.
Additional information about accessible parking can be found under Accessibility below.
City of Oxford Parking
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. 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, please refer to the City of Oxford's website.
RV Space Reservations
RV spaces in the Milett Lot are sold out for the 2024 commencement. You may still register to bring your RV to the Ditmer lot off of 73 by calling the Miami Athletic Ticket Office at 513-529-4295.
Information, for those that have secured an RV spot, will be sent via email the first week of May.
RV spaces for the 2025 commencement will go On Sale on Wednesday, January 08 at 10 a.m.
Miami University is committed to providing an inclusive and equitable commencement experience. If disability-related accommodations are needed to facilitate full participation, please contact the Miller Center by phone at 513-529-1541, TTY-TDD: 7-1-1 or SDS@MiamiOH.edu.
Yager Stadium Accessibility
Accessible parking is available in each of the parking lots designated for event parking near Yager Stadium for all ceremonies. A valid state-issued disability placard is required to park in accessible parking spaces. For the University commencement ceremony, accessible shuttle buses will be in operation from each of the parking lots designated for event parking to assist guests to and from the designated drop-off areas at the northwest entrance of Yager Stadium. Please observe the directions on signs approaching event parking areas as guests will be directed to the next available parking location as they fill.
Accessible seating is available on the East Stands and the West sideline of the field. Please connect with an usher upon arrival and they will be able to assist you. Wheelchairs are located at Guest Services for transportation to and from seating areas. Guests sitting in the accessible seating area are permitted one companion to accompany them in the accessible seating area.
Millett Hall Accessibility
Accessible parking is available in the West Millett Lot. A valid state-issued disability placard is required to park in accessible parking spaces. An accessible drop off location is also available on the North side of Millet.
Accessible seating is available on the court level and the upper level, both accessible by elevator. Please connect with an usher upon arrival and they will be able to assist you. Wheelchairs are located at Guest Services for transportation to and from seating areas. Guests sitting in the accessible seating area are permitted one companion to accompany them in the accessible seating area.
Goggin Ice Center Accessibility
Accessible parking is available in the Campus Avenue Parking Garage and alongside Oak Street. A valid state-issued disability placard is required to park in accessible parking spaces.
Accessible seating is available all around the upper level of the arena. Please connect with an usher upon arrival and they will be able to assist you. Wheelchairs are located at Guest Services for transportation to and from seating areas. Guests sitting in the accessible seating area are permitted one companion to accompany them in the accessible seating area.
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Access
American Sign Language interpreters and Real-Time captioning will be provided for all ceremonies. Interpreters are best viewed from Section 2 on the west stands as the interpreter stage is located between the 15 and 20 yard line. Live captioning for each ceremony can be viewed on the Jumbotron or accessed on a personal mobile device at:
- MiamiOH.edu/CommencementCaptions for the Class of 2023 ceremony
- MiamiOH.edu/CCAcaptions for the College of Creative Arts ceremony
- MiamiOH.edu/CLAAScaptions for the College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science ceremony
- MiamiOH.edu/CECcaptions for the College of Engineering and Computing ceremony
- MiamiOH.edu/CAScaptions for the College of Arts and Science ceremonies
- MiamiOH.edu/EHScaptions for the College of Education, Health and Society ceremony
- MiamiOH.edu/FSBcaptions for the Farmer School of Business ceremony
Personal Mobility Devices
Individuals who would like to rent a personal mobility device (e.g., manual wheelchair, scooter, etc.) for commencement weekend should contact Stateline Medical Equipment at (866) 574-3947 to inquire about the equipment available for pick-up or delivery.
If additional disability-related accommodations are needed to facilitate full participation, please contact us by phone at (513) 529-1541, Ohio-Relay: 7-1-1 or SDS@MiamiOH.edu at least one week prior to the ceremony.
Food and Campus Services
Commencement Food Options by Miami Catering
Commencement buffets will be offered at the Shriver Center for lunch and dinner on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. Tickets will be sold through an online form to be shared by early February.
Party packages will be available through Miami Catering in a similar form for delivery at Friday, Saturday or Sunday of Commencement Weekend.
Housing and Residence Hall Accommodations
A decision to offer a limited inventory of on-campus residence hall housing for the evening of Saturday, May 19 will be made in March.
If housing is made available, it will be done on a reservation basis with an online registration form.
If you are interested in any of the above offerings, please send your contact information and details to conferenceservices@miamioh.
Your contact information will be added for announcements of such services
Pack light! Bring only what you need inside Yager Stadium and ceremony venues - bag checks will be set up at all entrances.
Guests are subject to visual inspection of person, parcels, bags, and clothing capable of concealing prohibited items. Guests may refuse inspections but management reserves the right to refuse entry. Please plan to leave all non-essential items in your locked vehicle and PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY.
Changes in national, regional, and campus security levels may affect security procedures.
As a general rule, any items that obstruct the view of other guests or that can be used as projectiles, that interfere with the comfort of other guests, or are deemed inappropriate/hazardous by stadium security are prohibited.
The following items are not permitted in the stadium or arena for the ceremonies:
- Alcohol and/or Illegal Drugs
- Opened Drink Containers
- Metal folding seat cushions
- Seats that clamp onto bleachers
- Clothing with Profane, Inappropriate, or Abusive Language
- Noise Making devices
- Confetti, Streamers, Glitter, Balloons
- Mace or similar substances
- Signs, sticks or poles
- Weapons of any type
The following items are permitted in the stadium or arena for the ceremonies:
- Service Animals
- Food (no opened drink containers)
- Video recorders
- Seat cushions
- "Umbrella"-type strollers
Frequently Asked Questions
Reminders for Graduates
- Students need to arrive at Yager Stadium in their cap and gown by 9:45 am
- No food or drinks can be taken on the field
- Silence phone, please
- Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen
- Ponchos will be provided if it's raining - umbrellas are not permitted on the field
Concessions (food and beverage) will be open during the main ceremony (Yager Stadium) on Saturday. Concessions will not be available at the divisional recognition ceremonies on Saturday afternoon and Sunday (at Millett and Goggin).
Tickets are not required for any ceremony/recognition event during the weekend.
Gates open two hours prior to all ceremonies.
Individual Graduate Recognition
The calling of names and walking across the stage takes place at the divisional (college/school) recognition ceremonies. At the main ceremony (Yager Stadium), graduates are recognized as a group by academic division (they are asked to stand by their dean). When a separate doctoral hooding ceremony is not scheduled, doctoral students are individually recognized (hooded) at the main ceremony.
All ceremonies take place rain or shine. Please watch the forecast and plan accordingly -
- Bring a poncho in case of rain
- It can be hot or chilly so layers are best
- Umbrellas are permitted but please be mindful of those sitting around you
- Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen
- We provide ponchos to the graduates if raining
The main ceremony (Yager Stadium) may be shortened and/or canceled in the event of severe weather such as tornado, severe thunderstorm, torrential downpour, etc. Announcements will be made via radio, posting to the Miami website, social media, and the university text messaging system if the main ceremony is canceled or adjusted. All graduating students will be encouraged to attend their divisional ceremonies as scheduled.
Flowers will be available to purchase before the ceremony at Yager Stadium.
To further contribute to a safe and efficient environment for all, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the online pre-order service. Guests who are simply picking up their pre-purchased and reserved products will enjoy a contact-free customer experience.
Thank you for your continued patience as we plan for these ceremonies and provide further information as it is available.
513-529-3612 (Office of the President, squanckm@MiamiOH.edu)
- Academic Attire/Grad Item Purchases
513-529-2600 (Miami University Brick & Ivy Store, shop@MiamiOH.edu)
- Diplomas, Transcripts, and Eligibility
513-529-0001 (One Stop, onestop@MiamiOH.edu)
- Student Disability Services
513-529-1541 (The J. Scott and Susan MacDonald Miller Center for Student Disability Services, sds@MiamiOH.edu)