Ashland University 2020 Spring and Fall Commencement

After careful consideration of logistics, health and safety, Ashland University’s Spring and Winter Classes of 2020 will join with the Spring Class of 2021 for joint commencement exercises the weekend of May 8, 2021.

The decision to combine the commencement for all three classes came as a result of the ongoing threat posed by the COVID-19 virus. University leadership initially postponed the Spring 2020 commencement ceremony, with a tentative plan to hold the event this fall.

Because COVID-19 remains a serious issue, it will prevent not only that initial rescheduling, but also the postponement of the Winter 2020 commencement scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19, at Kates Gymnasium.

Details regarding the May 2021 commencement will provided to graduates from all three classes over the coming months. In the meantime, plans are being made to also recognize the Winter 2020 graduates in a virtual format.

AU's Spring 2020 Commencement

Ashland University's Spring 2020 Commencement will be held May 9, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex’s Miller Stadium off Broad Street. The ceremony will be for both undergraduate and graduate students and the procession will begin at 9:50 a.m. No tickets will be required for this event if it is held outside. Graduating students and faculty who are participating in the ceremony are to assemble at 9:15 a.m. at the Ferguson Soccer Complex, which is just southwest of MIller Stadium. Handicapped parking for those attending the ceremony will be located in Parking Lot E, which is off Broad Street.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to Kates Gymnasium inside the Physical Education Center and each undergraduate and graduate student will receive tickets to allow friends and family to attend an indoor ceremony. The actual number of tickets for each student will be determined once we know how many graduating students will be attending Commencement. 
For those not able to get inside Kates Gymnasium, the ceremony will be streamed live in the Student Center Eagles’ Nest and the Student Center Auditorium (see enclosed map for locations). The event also will be broadcast on the website.

A luncheon will be held in Myers Convocation Center following the ceremonies and those attending can order tickets on this website or buy tickets at the door. 

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Spring 2019 Commencement

Dr. Rick Warren, Ashland University Spring 2019 commencement speaker

Speaker - Dr. Rick Warren
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Winter 2018 Commencement

Dr. Steve Fuller

Speaker - Dr. Steve Fuller
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Spring 2018 Commencement

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

Speaker - Dr. Tracy Ringo
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Winter 2017 Commencement

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

Speaker - Dr. Steven Benner
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Spring 2017 Commencement

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

Speaker - Sen. Rob Portman
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Winter 2016 Commencement

Fred Broad, Ashland University's Winter 2016 Commencement Speaker

Speaker - Fred Broad
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Spring 2016 Commencement

Hugh Hewitt, Ashland University Commencement Speaker, Spring 2016

Speaker - Hugh Hewitt
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Winter 2015 Commencement

Mark Kvamme, Winter 2015 Commencement Speaker

Speaker - Mark Kvamme
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Spring 2015 Commencement

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

Speaker - Sue Ramsey
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Spring 2014 Commencement

William G. Batchhelder

Speaker - William G. Batchelder
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Winter 2013 Commencement

Winter 2013 Commencement speaker David P. Blom

Speaker - David P. Blom
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Spring 2013 Commencement

donald jakeway

Speaker - Donald Jakeway
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Winter 2012 Commencement

Speaker - Dr. Donald Rinehart

Speaker - Dr. Donald Rinehart
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Spring 2012 Commencement

Speaker - Arie Lipsky

Speaker - Arie Lipsky
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Winter 2011 Commencement

Speaker - Jerry Ruyan

Speaker - Jerry Ruyan
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Spring 2011 Commencement

Speaker - Sherrod Brown

Speaker - Sherrod Brown
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