Hiram College

December Commencement

DUE TO COVID-19, the commencement ceremony scheduled for December 5, 2020, has been rescheduled to November 21, 2020. Students eligible to participate in this ceremony will receive updates via email as they are available.  


All graduating students must complete the following tasks in preparation for graduation to ensure participation in the Commencement ceremony.  The following ‘to-do list’ is intended to assure there is a clear understanding of what needs to happen as graduation approaches. Please review this information carefully and contact the appropriate office with any questions.


  • BE SURE YOU HAVE APPLIED TO GRADUATE ALREADY AND MET FOR A GRADUATION AUDIT. December graduates should apply and meet for an audit by November 1.  Contact David Peterson in the Registrar’s office at petersond@hiram.edu or registrar@hiram.edu.  CAS students may contact a program counselor or David Peterson. For further information, go to http://www.hiram.edu/academic-support-services/registrar/graduation-requirements.
  • BE SURE THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE HAS YOUR CORRECT MAILING ADDRESS. The Registrar confirms each student’s current mailing address during the graduation petition meeting. If you believe that this address is incorrect, you need to contact the Registrar’s Office immediately. Commencement information letters will be mailed out in October to the mailing address you have on file in the registrar’s office. Most importantly, this mailing address is used for sending your diploma. Diplomas are typically sent within a few weeks to your most recently updated mailing address that you provided to either the Registrar’s Office or the Alumni Office.
  • DIRECT LOAN AND PERKINS LOAN BORROWERS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE EXIT COUNSELING BEFORE GRADUATION.  Log on to https://studentloans.gov/ to complete the Direct Loan Exit Counseling.  To complete the Perkins Loan Exit Counseling, log on to www.uasecho.com.  Questions regarding the Direct Loan Exit Counseling can be answered by the Financial Aid Office at 330.569.5107. Perkins Loan Exit Counseling questions should be directed to Brett Riebau at 330.569.5119.


  • REGISTER FOR COMMENCEMENT TICKETS ALONG WITH SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION PARKING. Be sure to register for Commencement tickets by October 23 using the on-line registration system.  Graduates are allowed two guests.  Details can be found under Commencement Registration and Tickets.
  • ORDER GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS (OPTIONAL.)  Personalized graduation announcements are available to order through herffjones.com/college/hiram.
  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS. Be sure to schedule a meeting with the Director of International Student Services to discuss post-graduate planning.
  • JOIN THE ONLINE ALUMNI COMMUNITY.  As a Hiram College Alumni, you automatically join a career network of more than 15,000 alumni.
    • The easiest way to take advantage of this is through the online alumni community. Register at alumni.hiram.edu to connect with others in your career field and geographic area.
    • Stay in touch with classmates through your class page and blog, post an online class note, and let others know what you are up to. This is also a great way to keep Hiram updated with your contact information to ensure you receive all of our communications about opportunities for alumni.
    • Join the Hiram College Alumni Facebook and Linked In groups.  Just search “Hiram College Alumni” on both sites to find those groups.
  • CHECK YOUR eBILLS WEEKLY BEGINNING IN NOVEMBER.  Beginning in November, check your eBills regularly for any outstanding balance that must be paid.  Any final charges such as library fines, parking fines, Health Center charges, etc. are continually added to your bill as quickly as possible so please check WEEKLY and watch for emails from Student Accounts and bills in the mail. You can access your bill on-line though eBill safely and securely 24/7 by logging into student portal and clicking on the eBill link. Payments can be made through the link on eBill, at www.hiram.edu/paymybill, at the Student Accounts Counter, or by mail. Hiram College reserves the right to withhold a student’s grades, transcript, and diploma if there is an unpaid balance.
  • ATTEND YOUR THREE-WEEK CLASSES AND TAKE REQUIRED FINAL EXAMS. Students are reminded that the approval of graduating seniors by faculty is subject to change depending on final exams results and final grades. Therefore, not attending the last week of classes and final exams, unless explicitly excused by the professor, could result in not graduating.
  • STUDENTS NOTIFIED THAT THEY ARE AT RISK OF NOT GRADUATING  MUST GO TO REGISTRAR’S OFFICE TO CONFIRM GRADUATION STATUS.  Please contact Ginny Taylor in the Registrar’s Office for more information at 330.569.5213. Any student who seems to be in danger of NOT GRADUATING (based on preliminary course grades) will be informed of this fact by phone, email, text or registered mail between December 2 – 6. Students who receive such notices should see Ginny Taylor in the Registrar’s Office by Friday, December 13 to be certain that they will graduate.
  • UPDATE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE IF YOUR MAILING ADDRESS HAS CHANGED. Diploma will be mailed by first class USPS delivery four to six weeks after Commencement. Please make sure before you leave campus in December that the Registrar’s Office has the correct mailing address on file since your location may have changed from when you completed your graduation audit.


  • BE ON TIME FOR LINE UP FOR COMMENCEMENT. All graduating students are to line up in cap and gown at Residential Education Conference Room located on the 2nd floor of Bates Hall. You MUST be there at 9:30 a.m. or risk not marching.