Commencement and Senior Activities


Class of 2016 Commencement

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Martin Field House

in the Coleman Sports, Recreation and Fitness Center


Preparing for Commencement

Commencement is a time of celebration, and we are pleased to share with you the details of this very special time in the lives of our students.

If after looking through the information, you still have questions, please contact the Special Events Office at 330.569.5900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance. If we can't help you directly, we'll find someone who can.


Hiram College's Commencement ceremony includes the Dean of the College reading each graduate's name as they process to the front. They will be given a diploma folder and will be congratulated by the College President and the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

All students with a G.P.A. of 3.5 or above after Fall semester will be listed with Latin honors in the Commencement program and the honor will be announced with their name during Commencement. Final Latin honors (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude) will be awarded officially after final grades are recorded. If your final cumulative G.P.A. is 3.5 or above, the associated Latin honor will appear on your diploma which will be mailed to you four to six weeks after Commencement. All final Latin honors and departmental honors will be noted on your final transcript.


The Commencement exercises are planned to be held indoors at Martin Field House and tickets are required.  Each graduate can register for up to five (5) tickets allowing them to invite five guests to attend the ceremony. Registration also includes a 'wish list' number if more than five tickets are desired. Once the registration closes on April 29, any extra tickets will be distributed evenly based upon the wish list requests until all tickets are gone. The graduate will be notified by May 6 of any additional tickets they are getting and those will be added to their ticket packets for pick up Commencement week.

Unfortunately, tickets are NOT available on Commencement Day so all graduates must register by April 29.

A live video simulcast is being shown in Price Gym which is near Martin Field House. This provides a seating option for guests who do not have tickets.

2016 Commencement Video Stream link:

2016 Photographer (photos should be available two to three weeks after graduation): or call 800.261.2576.  Once photos are available, you will be asked to enter graduate's name, school and graduation year.

Photos and more from past Commencements:

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Important Dates

  • Feb. 10-11 - Countdown to Graduation kick-off in the Kennedy Center
  • March 16 – deadline for ordering caps and gowns
  • April 29 - Deadline to register for tickets 
  • May 7 - Professional and Graduate Studies Commencement Rehearsal
  • May 12 - Traditional Student Commencement Rehearsal