Ashland University's Winter 2021 Commencement

Ashland University's Winter 2021 Commencement will be held December 18, 2021 at Kates Gymnasium off King Road. The ceremony will begin at 10 AM Please be aware that masks are mandated for this event. The event will be streamed live on the Ashland University homepage -- -- so families can watch the event live from anywhere.

Spring 2021 Undergraduate Commencement live-stream

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Spring 2021 Graduate Commencement live-stream

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Commencement FAQs

Where and when will commencement be held?

Commencement will be held Saturday, December 18th, in Kate's Gymnasium. 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 Conard field house at 9 a.m. Students will be lined up there and will process into the gymnasium 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 at the front of the gymnasium where the platform committee will be seated. Face masks must be worn at all times. 

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

What are the areas for seating in the gymnasium?

1) Seating for Graduates – Undergraduates and graduates should plan to arrive at the Conard field house at 9 a.m. Students will process into the gymnasium and will be seated in chairs on the floor of the gymnasium. 

2) Wheelchairs and handicapped seating for guests – Handicap seating will be available in the gymnasium

3) Seating for Parents and Visitors – All parents and visitors will be seated in the stands or in the available seats inside the gymnasium. 

4) Seating for Faculty – Faculty should arrive at the Conard Field House by 9:15 a.m. and will line up at that location and lead the student procession into the gymnasium. The faculty will process into the gym and will be seated in a faculty seating section on the gym floor. 

5) Seating for VIPs -- There will be a roped off VIP area in the stands.

What COVID-19 precautions are being taken to make this a safe event?

Face masks will be required for everyone attending due to the Ashland University campus wide mask mandate.

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 ( 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

Will there be a Baccalaureate service?

Yes. The Baccalaureate Service of Worship will begin at 8 a.m. in Upper Convo, with the Rev. Dr. Sue Dickson as the keynote speaker. Seating for this event is limited to the first 100 graduates to register for themselves and up to 2 guests. Tickets will be required for entry. Registration can be completed at

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 Kate's Gymnasium 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

Spring 2019 Commencement

Dr. Rick Warren, Ashland University Spring 2019 commencement speaker

Speaker - Dr. Rick Warren
View Spring '19 Commencement

Winter 2018 Commencement

Dr. Steve Fuller

Speaker - Dr. Steve Fuller
View Winter '18 Commencement

Spring 2018 Commencement

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

Speaker - Dr. Tracy Ringo
View Spring '18 Commencement

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