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Commencement Ceremony Absence

Ohio State is one of the few institutions where students receive their official individual diplomas during the Commencement ceremony. If you do not plan to attend Commencement, you will need to complete a Commencement Ceremony Absence form in order to choose how you would like to receive your diploma.

As the Spring 2020 Commencement will be held virtually, all diplomas will be sent by mail to students' permanent addresses. Students are not required to submit a Commencement Ceremony Absence form for Spring 2020.


Participation in the Commencement ceremony each semester is limited only to students who have applied to graduate, and who are enrolled in final degree requirements, for that semester. Students may not participate in Commencement ceremonies during any other terms. For example, students who are completing degree requirements during the Summer Term, including May Session, may only participate in the Summer Commencement.