Graduation Checklist

First, you must apply for graduation through Self-Service, even if you do not plan to attend the commencement ceremony. Applying for graduation is a requirement to earn your degree.

Additionally, here are some important things to take care of before you leave Ashland University:

Contact the Business Office at to make sure all financial obligations are paid.
If you borrowed federal loan funds, use your FSA ID to access your complete federal loan history and complete the Exit Loan Counseling. The federal government requires Exit Loan Counseling and will explain your rights and responsibilities concerning repayment of your loans. If you have any questions, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Contact Alumni Relations at to stay connected to AU after you graduate!
If you are considering continuing your education, contact Graduate Admissions at to obtain information about graduate programs at Ashland University.
Complete the Change of Name/Address form if you need to update your address, phone number, or personal email. Your AU e-mail account will be disabled 90 days after graduation.
Take the graduation survey that is emailed to you by the Career Center for Life Calling. Recent graduate outcomes data is required by the federal government. We must survey our recent graduates when they graduate plus 3, 6, and 12 months after graduation. Information about job placement and graduate school rates helps the Career Center for Life Calling provide high-quality career services and allows us to assist students still seeking employment.

Contact Information

How to Apply for Graduation

To apply for graduation, first log into Self-Service and click on Graduation Overview. Then click on Apply under Application Status and follow the prompts as they appear on the screen. Click "Submit" to complete your graduation application.

Deadlines to apply for graduation:

  • July 2, 2024 - Last day to apply for August conferral
  • Oct. 10, 2024 - Last day to apply for December conferral

August 2024 graduates are also invited to participate in the May 2024 commencement ceremony. * In order to participate in the May 2024 Commencement ceremony, August 2024 graduates must apply for graduation by April 5, 2024.

For additional information about the last day to apply for graduation and conferral requirements, please follow this link to the most recent Ashland University Academic Catalog.

*This excludes August 2024 Physician Assistant Studies graduates, who will participate in a graduation celebration in August 2024 and are invited to participate in the May 2025 Commencement.

2024 Graduates

Spring Commencement Ceremony

The 2024 Spring Commencement ceremony is Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. in the Niss Athletic Center. August 2023, December 2023, May 2024 and August 2024 graduates will be invited. No tickets will be required for this indoor ceremony.

Special Events for Graduates

Senior Night

Calling all seniors! It’s time to celebrate your success! You’re invited to our Senior Night event sponsored by the Ashland University Alumni Association on May 2nd from 7-9 p.m. in Upper Convo.

Enjoy complimentary food by Ashland’s award-winning catering, and a drink from our cash bar. Capture memories at our free photo booth and enter our raffle to win big with over $1,000 in prizes.

This event is for undergraduate seniors graduating in May 2024, August 2024, or December 2024 only. RSVP is required and your student ID will be required for check-in. Your driver’s license is also required to be shown at the cash bar. More details and RSVP information to come.

Office of Christian Ministry Senior Sendoffs

The Office of Christian Ministry will honor the seniors who have been active participants in their student ministries. These special gatherings will give upcoming graduates a chance to share how their experiences in FCA, Newman and The Well have played a role in their time at AU and how they are taking their faith into the world as they step into their future. It will also be a time for other students and our staff to bless them and pray for them as they begin their next chapter.

  • FCA Senior Sendoff: April 23 at 9 p.m.
  • Newman Senior Sendoff: April 14 at 4:30 p.m. Mass
  • The Well Senior Sendoff: April 25 at 8 p.m.

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Commencement Recordings

View the 2024 Spring Commencement Ceremony in addition to recordings from past commencement ceremonies.

Students at commencement ceremony