Important Details About Spring 2022 Commencement Location

Due to the high probability of inclement weather later this week, the decision has been made to hold the Spring 2022 Commencement indoors inside the Niss Athletic Center. Please see the important information below and share with your families and guests who plan to attend.

Ceremony Time and Location:

The Spring Commencement ceremony is Saturday, May 7 at 10 a.m. in the Niss Athletic Center located on Moss Hill Drive. No tickets will be required for the indoor ceremony.

Lineup Information:

Graduates are to assemble at 9:00 a.m. inside the Niss Athletic Center. The lineup area will be on the far side of the track, opposite from the main entrance. Faculty volunteers will assist you in lining up according to the degree received.

Timeline:

9:00 a.m. - Graduates line up in the assigned area in the Niss Center, by degree, alphabetically. During this lineup, each graduate will be given a card with his or her name and honors listed.

9:55 a.m. The processional will begin with the platform party proceeding to the stage. The faculty and students will proceed to seating on the field.

Parking:

Parents and guests attending the ceremony can park in any of the parking lots on campus. The recommended parking lots for Commencement are Lots B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, or M. From these lots, guests will walk to the Niss Athletic Center. We will have passenger golf carts to shuttle guests in need of assistance from the parking lots to the commencement ceremony.

Please note, Lot T will be reserved for handicapped accessible parking only, thus we will have Broad Street closed off from Moss Hill Drive to Davis Street and only vehicles with a handicapped accessible placard/license plate will be permitted to drive through this area.

For more information about Commencement parking, see the Commencement Parking Map.

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Notice about Construction and Road Closure Affecting Commencement Routes

The City of Ashland will be beginning a Claremont Avenue improvement project, approximately 1.30 miles in length, beginning at Baney Road and extending to Smith Road located in the City of Ashland. Due to this improvement project and a road closure on Claremont Avenue that may affect your travel to Ashland University on the day of Commencement, please be advised of the following recommended routes.

From the West 

Guests coming from the west on Claremont (State Route 42) may experience delays due to construction projects on Claremont Avenue, but Claremont will be open to the University.

From the East

Guests coming from the east should take Main Street into town and then turn left onto Center Street (State Route 60) going south to either College Avenue, or Samaritan Avenue. This is suggested because Claremont Avenue will be closed at Main Street due to bridge construction downtown.

From the North

Guests coming from the north should turn left onto Main Street and go east to Center Street (State Route 60). At Center Street they should turn right and take Center Street (south) to either College Avenue, or Samaritan Avenue. This is suggested because Claremont Avenue will be closed at Main Street due to bridge construction downtown.

We will have passenger golf carts to assist guests needing assistance from the parking lots to the commencement ceremony. Those needing handicapped accessible parking can utilize Lot T. (Lot T will be reserved for handicapped accessible parking only, thus we will have Broad Street closed off from Moss Hill Drive to Davis Street and only vehicles with a handicapped accessible placard/license plate will be permitted to drive through this area.

Commencement FAQs

Where and when will commencement be held?

Commencement will be held Saturday, May 7th, in the Jack Miller Stadium. There will be one combined ceremony for Undergraduates and Graduates held at 10 a.m.

How do I get my tickets?

Tickets will not be required for this event.

What should I expect the day of the event?

Undergraduates and Graduates should plan to arrive at the Ferguson Soccer complex, which is just southwest of Jack Miller Stadium at 9 a.m. Students will be lined up there and will process into the stadium and will be seated by college/degree. Choral and instrumental music will be performed by the AU Department of Music at the event.

Each graduate will be recognized by name and will cross the stage where the platform committee will be seated.

After crossing the stage, graduates will proceed off the stage to have their photo taken.

What are the areas for seating in the stadium?

  1. Seating for Graduates – Undergraduates and graduates should plan to arrive at the Ferguson Soccer Complex at 9 a.m. Students will process into the stadium and will be seated in chairs on the football field.
  2. Wheelchairs and handicapped seating for guests – Handicap seating will be available in the stadium
  3. Seating for Parents and Visitors – All parents and visitors will be seated in the stands or in the available seats inside the stadium. 
  4. Seating for Faculty – Faculty should arrive at the Ferguson Soccer complex by 9:15 a.m. and will line up at that location and lead the student procession into the stadium. The faculty will process into the stadium and will be seated in a faculty seating section on the football field. 
  5. Seating for VIPs -- There will be a roped off VIP area in the stands.

Will the event be live-streamed and where?

The event will be live-streamed and can be viewed from anywhere via online streaming. 

Will there be a photography service?

EagleEye Photography (www.ashland.edu/eagleeyephoto) will take photos of each graduate after they cross the stage. Face masks can be removed briefly for the photo. Each graduate will be contacted through their university email within 4-6 weeks with information regarding the viewing and purchase of photos. If you no longer have a university email, please provide an alternate email to the Registrar’s Office ASAP at regis@ashland.edu.

Will there be a Baccalaureate service?

A Baccalaureate Service of Worship recognizing the Class of 2022 will be held in the sanctuary of the Jack & Deb Miller Chapel on the morning of commencement, May 7, 2022. Graduates and their guests are invited to attend. Doors will open at 8:00 am and the service will begin promptly at 8:30 am. Graduates are encouraged to wear their graduation attire. The service will conclude in time for graduates to report to the commencement staging area to line up with their classmates. 

Will there be a rose sale?

The Ashland University Honors Program will offer roses at Commencement. They are sold in advance, with the pre-ordered items available for pickup when graduates and their families arrive at the ceremony. For more information, contact the Honors Department at 419-289-5260 or go to the Rose Sales page.

Rose orders will be available for pickup from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. as you arrive at the entrance to Jack Miller Stadium on the day of the Commencement.

A variety of colors will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Quantities are limited and colors cannot be reserved. Earlier pick-up results in better selection! Rose orders MUST BE picked up by the start of Commencement. Orders not picked up by this time will be donated to a local charity. We regret that refunds cannot be made for orders not picked up.

Roses can be purchased online through PayPal.

What other services will be offered that day?

The Ashland University Campus Store will be open from 8 a.m. until 30 minutes after the ceremony. 

View Past Ceremonies

Winter 2021 Commencement

Katie Nageotte, 2021 Winter Commencement Speaker

Speaker - Katie Nageotte
View Winter '21 Commencement
Commencement Program (PDF)

Winter 2019 Commencement

Brandon Chrostowski

Speaker - Brandon Chrostowski
View Winter '19 Commencement
Commencement Program (PDF)

Spring 2019 Commencement

Dr. Rick Warren, Ashland University Spring 2019 commencement speaker

Speaker - Dr. Rick Warren
View Spring '19 Commencement
Commencement Program (2019)

Winter 2018 Commencement

Dr. Steve Fuller

Speaker - Dr. Steve Fuller
View Winter '18 Commencement
Commencement Program (PDF)

Spring 2018 Commencement

Dr. Tracy Ringo, Ashland University's Spring 2018 commencement speaker

Speaker - Dr. Tracy Ringo
View Spring '18 Commencement
Commencement Program (PDF)

Winter 2017 Commencement

Dr. Steven Benner, Ashland University's Winter 2017 Commencement speaker

Speaker - Dr. Steven Benner
View Winter '17 Commencement

Spring 2017 Commencement

Senator Rob Portman, Ashland University's Spring 2017 Commencement Speaker

Speaker - Sen. Rob Portman
View Spring '17 Commencement

Winter 2016 Commencement

Fred Broad, Ashland University's Winter 2016 Commencement Speaker

Speaker - Fred Broad
View Winter '16 Commencement

Spring 2016 Commencement

Hugh Hewitt, Ashland University Commencement Speaker, Spring 2016

Speaker - Hugh Hewitt
View Spring '16 Commencement

Winter 2015 Commencement

Mark Kvamme, Winter 2015 Commencement Speaker

Speaker - Mark Kvamme
View Winter '15 Commencement

Spring 2015 Commencement

Sue Ramsey, Former Ashland University Women's Basketball Coach, Spring 2015 Commencement Speaker

Speaker - Sue Ramsey
View Spring '15 Commencement

Spring 2014 Commencement

William G. Batchhelder

Speaker - William G. Batchelder
View Spring '14 Commencement

Winter 2013 Commencement

Winter 2013 Commencement speaker David P. Blom

Speaker - David P. Blom
View Winter '13 Commencement

Spring 2013 Commencement

donald jakeway

Speaker - Donald Jakeway
View Spring '13 Commencement

Winter 2012 Commencement

Speaker - Dr. Donald Rinehart

Speaker - Dr. Donald Rinehart
View Winter '12 Commencement

Spring 2012 Commencement

Speaker - Arie Lipsky

Speaker - Arie Lipsky
View Spring '12 Commencement

Winter 2011 Commencement

Speaker - Jerry Ruyan

Speaker - Jerry Ruyan
View Winter '11 Commencement

Spring 2011 Commencement

Speaker - Sherrod Brown

Speaker - Sherrod Brown
View Spring '11 Commencement