Hiram College

Commencement Day Schedule

It’s that time of year again! The countdown is on, and commencement is just around the corner!What a wonderful celebration of all the hard work of the past few years! Here is a rundown of the day’s events

  • 10:30 a.m. Baccalaureate (Hayden Auditorium)
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Brunch reception (Kennedy Center)
  • 2 p.m. Commencement (Campus Green)
  • 3:30 p.m. Reception (Martin Commons)



Beginning Monday, May 5, any remaining tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pick up tickets from the Special Events office in its new location in the basement of the Quad. Tickets are only necessary if it rains and commencement is indoors.



Baccalaureate for the graduating class and their guests is on Saturday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m. in Hayden Auditorium. This year’s speaker is Kerry Skora whose address is titled “Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist Wisdom for All Hiram College Graduates.” Tickets are NOT necessary to attend Baccalaureate. Although seating in Hayden is limited, there has been adequate seating in previous years. Hayden Auditorium is barrier free.


Brunch reception

The brunch reception is between Baccalaureate and Commencement from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Kennedy Student Center. Students and their guests are invited to attend and visit with faculty, staff, and friends prior to the Commencement ceremony.


Commencement exercises

Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m. on the Campus Green. In case of rain, the Commencement will be moved into the Martin Field House. The College issues tickets to seniors to ensure that graduates and their families are able to participate comfortably in the Commencement ceremony. Philip Lader, former United States ambassador and assistant to President William Jefferson Clinton, will deliver the Commencement address.


Post-commencement celebration

The Commencement recessional will lead faculty, graduates, and their families to the Martin Common for light refreshments. Price Gymnasium is the rain location


Available parking on the day of Commencement will be at the following locations:

  • Hiram Christian Church
  • Elementary School
  • Municipal Parking Lot
  • Gelbke Fine Arts Center (off Winrock)

Street parking is also available in the village with one exception (unless otherwise designated): Dean Street is handicap parking for an outside ceremony. It will be converted into a one-way street in order to angle-park guests; the only entrance to Dean Street will be from Hinsdale Street. However, if the weather requires an indoor ceremony, handicap parking will be located in the Coleman Center south lot.

Guest requiring reserved parking must contact the Office of Special Events for a reserved parking pass. We ask guests to place the “Commencement Reserved Parking” pass on their dashboard for easy identification. Parking attendants will assist you. On the map, handicap parking is denoted with an “H.” All other parking is noted with a “P.” For all parking areas, there will be a shuttle service from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.


More information

Check out a full listing of Commencement-related activities on the Hiram College home page at www.hiram.edu. All commencement activities are handled through the Office of Special Events. Call Anita Stocz or Teal Young at 330.569.5900, if you need further information.